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A Corvette prototype not seen by the public for 60 years before being unveiled at a 2017 Florida show is back on sale.
The 1957 Corvette Super Sport was first offered on our sister site, VetteFinders, a couple of years ago for $ 2.8 million or the best offer but failed to change hands at the time.
This time, the SS will cross the block on the last day of Kissimmee 2022 auction by Mecum Saturday 15th January.
After racing on the ’57 show circuit, the car was sold to Ron Wilsie of Wilsie / Kelley Chevrolet in Cato, Michigan. Current owner John Baldwin restored the SS to its original condition after purchasing it in 1997. It won the Presentation of Significant Cars award at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.
The Corvette SS made its debut in early 1957 as part of GM’s legendary Motorama shows of the 1950s – first at the New York Waldorf Astoria Auto Show and then at the Chicago Auto Show, only to disappear from the public eye for six decades. before re-emerging at the island’s Amelia Concours in 2017.
The Super Sport is distinguished by its double curved racing-style windshields, the unique air intakes on the doors and the blue stripe that runs the entire length of the car. Under the hood is the first 283/283 hp small-block injection V8 with a one-piece chrome-plated reed air cleaner and factory original chrome-plated aluminum valve covers.
Legendary Corvette engineer Zara Arkus-Duntov was part of a team that developed the Ramjet mechanical fuel injection unit which is said to result in increased throttle power and response, faster cold starts, engine warm-ups smoother and better gas mileage.
The car, finished in Pearlescent White with blue stripe, has its original three-speed close-ratio gearbox and also features a unique steering wheel with solid spoke wood rims, unique door panels with armrests, rear lights with unique divider trim and one-time accelerator, clutch and brake pedals.
Another interesting note: the SS’s original US Royal XP-140 whitewall tires with Corvette cross flags on the pavements are believed to be the only set of five still in existence.
Hagty’s ratings analysis manager John Wiley says it’s hard to estimate what the car will bring in its first auction appearance, but notes that the record for a 1957 Corvette is $ 605,000 for the number 1. standard at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Scottsdale auction
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