The engine bay looks original with minimal wear and surface rust. The 283 cubic inch engine is present, although its condition is currently unknown. The 283 was known for producing 1 horsepower per a cubic inch, indicating 283 hp. Hopefully the engine is not locked up and could possibly be brought back to life, or at the least be rebuilt. There is also no indication as to whether this is a matching numbers Corvette. But it looks Barn fresh so we can hope.
The interior of this corvette looks good aside from the carpet being removed. The dash looks unblemished, almost as if the cockpit became a bit of a time capsule. The steering wheel looks undamaged aside from some minor rust on the hub. The 4 speed shift lever and its mini console with shift pattern are present and shiny. We are assuming someone along the line decided to remove the carpet due to potential mold issues. We can’t think of any other logical reasoning to remove it.
This Corvette has potential, we would love more information on this Vette to better understand what we are looking at. The overall patina of the car is nice, there is no major damage apparent from the photographs. The car appears to have been stored indoors, as there is a fine layer of dust on the car in a couple of the photos. The hard top looks to be in good shape as well, and appears to feature all of its hardware and seals.
We would love to see this Corvette be revived and preserved in its current condition assuming it is as original as it looks. There would be nothing more fun that than rowing the gears in this great American classic. What would you do with this Corvette? Preserve it? Resto-mod it to look like a factory racer? Restore it? Tell us what you think would be best for this 1957 Chevrolet Corvette.