Fuel Injection Takes The 1957 Corvette To A Whole New Level Of Performance

1957 Corvette
A 1957 Corvette. JOHN LLOYD / Flicker / CC BY 2.0

The first year for Rochester Ramjet (even the name sounds like science fiction) fuel injection was 1957, and the option continued to be offered into the C2 era in 1965.

Engine and Transmission

The fuel injection option was first offered on the 283 cubic inch and then the 327 cubic inch engine starting in 1962. The 1957 "Fuelie" was offered in 250 or 283 horsepower, and horsepower ratings for the injected engine rose to 290 for 1958, 250 or 290 for 1959, 275 or 315 horsepower for 1960 and 1962, and finally 360 horsepower with the advent of the C2 in 1963. Fuel-injected power was raised to 375 in 1964 and 1965.

This was also the first year for an available 4-speed manual transmission option. A 3-speed manual remained standard, and an optional 2-speed Powerglide automatic was available.

Model Notes

The 1957 Corvette debuted on October 19, 1956.

The Corvette's Rochester Ramjet continuous-flow fuel-injection system was jointly developed by Zora Arkus-Duntov, John Dolza and Rochester.

Only 1040 fuel injected 1957 Corvettes were made out of a total product run of 6339.

1957 Corvettes could also be ordered with an optional heavy duty suspension package, which included heavier shocks and springs, upgraded sway bars, upgraded fast steering, and a limited slip rear end.

The fuel-injected 1957 Corvette with the highest power achieved one horsepower per cubic inch of displacement - considered a very important milestone.

A fuel-injected 1957 Corvette has a 0-60 time under 6 seconds, with a top speed of 132 MPH.

A well-restored (NCRS-level) 1957 Fuel Injected Corvette will cost you about $60,000 - $126,000, according to Corvette Market magazine.