The Motorious beta is now available to all users.  Learn more about what this means.

Jay Leno drives his perfect 1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1

By Tyler Heatley Jan 13, 2019
news
Shop Sports
By Tyler Heatley Jan 13, 2019
Could this be the most handsome Corvette C1? Jay Leno shares another of the personal cars from his classic collection of all-time greats

When ordering a performance car, it’s all too easy to get carried away with the options list. Just the tick of a box can load your new pride and joy with plenty of luxuries, but sometimes less is more. Jay Leno opens his garage once again for a closer look at this tastefully specified Chevrolet Corvette C1.

This car’s story begins with a young G.I. based in Korea during the 1950s who decided to treat him self to the sports car of the moment — the Corvette C1. These all-American beauties captured the hearts and minds of thousands and they combined elegant design with potent V8 power. However, this soldier had his priorities right as instead of ordering additional toys for his Corvette that would have only served to make it heavier, he asked that things were removed. There’s no air conditioning for example, nor even a fabric roof to reduce weight. He did option a removable hard-top, but there was little to protect occupants from a sudden shower.

View in gallery
View 2+
["Jay Leno drives his perfect 1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1.featured.Z4qlWFCM"]
View
["Jay Leno drives his perfect 1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1.featured.Z4qlWFCM"]
View
["Jay Leno drives his perfect 1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1"]
View 2+

Further proof that this G.I. had great taste is the exterior colour combination. Many C1 Corvettes are painted in a distinctive ruby red to contrast the white sections of bodywork. Instead, this gentleman went for a soft shade of grey that really serves to show the true beauty of this car. In fact, just 65 cars were painted in this tone during 1957. It wears plenty of polished chrome that compliments the overall colour coding. This example is totally standard barring the handsome wheels it wears today.

Jay Leno says in the video: 'People just go nuts when they see it. It’s just a startlingly good-looking car, especially in this combination. I’m surprised only 65 were ordered in silver.’

Under the hood is a 283ci carburetted V8 that produces 270hp — quite the beast for 1957. A four-speed manual transmission was also optioned over a standard three-speed gearbox. Drum brakes and a solid rear axel are of period, but this model stood amongst the finest sports cars in ‘50s America.

Leno fires up the mighty Chevrolet and the eruption of noise is a real treat for true enthusiasts. Roaring onto the streets, it’s quite the sight amongst modern traffic. Check out the video!


Related articles

1990 Ferrari F40 Represents Exclusive Power

Ferrari made precious few US-spec F40s. San Francisco Sports Cars presents for your consideration this amazing 1990...
By Steven Symes Aug 16, 2019

Fully Restored IMSA 1977 SuperVette Is A 1 of 2 Build

There's only one other in the world like it! Up until 1976 full tube frame cars were not allowed to compete in the I...
By Elizabeth Puckett Aug 16, 2019

Ford Celebrates 25th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise With Mustang...

America’s largest annual celebration of automotive culture is currently underway. If you’re anywhere close to the vi...
By Michelle Marus Aug 16, 2019

Historic Ferrari-Powered Racing Boat Is For Sale

This 1953 Hydroplane racing boat still holds speed records Those familiar with the sport of boat racing most likely ...
By Amie Williams Aug 16, 2019
Show Me More

URL copied to clipboard