Back when cars were rocket ships on wheels and Dagmars had fully gone through puberty, Chevrolet introduced mechanical fuel injection for the Corvette and its line of passenger vehicles. Available in 250-horse and 283-horse versions, the latter that was seized by Chevrolet in its ads, touting the milestone of one horsepower per cubic inch.
Another new option for the Corvette was the 4-speed manual. Previously, the only two transmissions were the standard 3-speed manual or the two-speed Powerglide automatic. Combine the two new options and the Corvette became an instant world-class car, offering the equipment that only exotic cars could brag about. Special thanks for this should go to Zora Arkus-Duntov, the Chevrolet engineer who transformed the Corvette from a six-cylinder/automatic cruiser to an authentic sports car. After introducing the small-block in the ’55 Vette, he set a stock car record the next year with a race up Pikes Peak, then hit 150 mph − another record − in the flying mile at Daytona Beach.
This 1957 Corvette on eBay is one of those fabled fuel injection cars. Out of 6,339 Corvettes built, 1,040 came with fuel injection. Interestingly enough, the 250-horse version was rarer than the 283-horse version, with 182 built with a manual tranny and 102 built with Powerglide. Only 664 4-speed cars were built in numerous combinations, making this Corvette one of the rarer ones produced that year. It’s quite overpriced at $228,888, but it’s a great example of what may be the first great Corvette.