Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster
The Corvette C1 is the first generation of the Corvette sports car produced by Chevrolet. It was decided that Chevrolet needed a two seater sports car to satisfy a growing market which had mainly been dominated by European imports of Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, Mercedes and MG’s. Chevrolet’s designer Harley Earl began design work and a pre-production Corvette prototype was first shown to the public in January 1953 at the General Motors Motorama event in New York city. The car proved to be an instant success and was rushed into full production less than six months later with the first car rolling off the production line in June 1953. It was decided that, to keep costs down, the new Corvette would utilise the existing chassis and suspension design from the 1949-1954 Chevrolet passenger vehicles. The body was a first with the Corvette being made in Fiberglass. The drivetrain and passenger compartment were moved back to achieve a 53/47 front to rear weight distribution. The engine was a 235 cu in inline six cylinder with a two speed powerglide automatic transmission. The Corvette continued to evolve during its production and was latterly fitted with more powerful 283 cu in V8 fuel injected engine producing 283 bhp.
The Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster offered for sale at Autostorcio is a 1957 example – chassis number E57S102326. She is finished in Roman Red with White coves and White leather interior. Having undergone a full body off restoration by marque specialist Paragon Corvette in 1998 this exceptional example has been used sparingly and still remains in exceptional condition. Equipped with the following factory options; Manual four speed transmission, Wonder Bar radio and Factory hardtop.
Supplied with a comprehensive file including; numerous Invoices, Current V5 logbook and various other related materials.
This is the perfect opportunity to own an iconic Corvette which will certainly appreciate over time.
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