general specifications

vehicle options

Year:

  1957

code description
2934 Corvette Convertible
101 Heater
102 AM Radio
107 Parking Brake Alarm
108 Courtesy Lights
109 Windshield Washers
290 Whitewall Tires
313 Powerglide Automatic Transmission
419 Auxiliary Hardtop
469A 283ci, 245hp Engine
473 Power Operated Folding Top


 

Make:   Chevrolet
Model:   Corvette Convertible
Transmission:   Powerglide Automatic
Odometer:   54,403
Engine:   238ci 245hp V8
VIN:   E57S102723
about our dealership
Seven Hills Motorcars is Cincinnati's premier Corvette specialist and a licensed and registered auto dealer by the State of Ohio.  With many years of focused experience I specialize in 1957 to 1982 Corvettes.  There is no other dealership that can better meet your needs if you would like to buy, sell, or just find out more information about your Corvette.  This is simply a one man operation, and this is not my full time employment.  I do it because I enjoy it.  I am a collector and enthusiast and therefore look for cars that excite me.  I do not purchase at dealer auctions; each car is hand picked by me because it is special or rare to me and because I like it. 
contact information
Seven Hills Motorcars, Inc.
9213 Blue Ash Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
sales@sevenhillsmotorcars.com

Contact a representative directly:
Matt: 513.708.1468
 

vehicle description

 

 

Seven Hills Motorcars is extremely proud to offer this 1957 Corvette time capsule that is being offered for sale for the first time since February of 1958.  The car is unbelievably original and correct, completely numbers matching, optioned very well with the 238ci 245 dual 4 barrel carbs, a hardtop, and factory power soft top, and has been owned by only one family since 1958.  This is a very rare opportunity to own an unbelievably well preserved piece of Corvette history.  This car has been driven just 54,400 miles since new.  Fundamentally, this is one of the most original and correct 1957 Corvettes on the market right now.  Please peruse all of the photos and numbers below to get a true sense of how original and extraordinary this Corvette really is.

According the the pervious owner, the car was purchased new at Columbia Motor Sales here in Cincinnati, OH by a GM executive for his wife to drive.  After less than one year, around the end of 1957, he traded the car back to the dealership stating the Corvette is "too much car for my wife."  The next owner, Mr. Armen Kilijian, purchased the car on February 11, 1958 from Columbia Motor Sales.  The actual original title from 1958 showing the date and Mr. Kilijian as the purchaser is in pretty good and perfectly legible condition.  It is included with the car and pictured below. A short write-up prepared by the previous owner going over the details of the car's history is also include and pictured below along with the original owners manual from 1957.

The car was originally black with silver coves.  Mr. Kilijian painted the car white in 1958.  His wife was afraid to ride in a black car at night because she thought a black car was too hard to see in the darkness and that someone would run into them.  For that reason to appease his wife he had the car painted white and chose red coves to match the interior.  The car has not been touched since then and still has the same paint from 1958.  The car has obviously never been in an accident and has a "no hit" body.  I have include photos up inside the rear fender from the trunk to show the inner body and how good it looks with no evidence of an repairs.  With the condition of the body this car would be a perfect candidate to be repainted back to the original black color.  However, at this point and with the fact that the car has been in its current configuration for so many years since it was almost brand new, the paint and other features almost become part of the car's heritage and definitely play an integral role in the story of this Corvette.  For that reason, and also because I think the paint looks remarkably good for being 54 years old, I would personally prefer the car as it is now and how it bas been nearly its entire life.

Areas such as behind the dash are a treasure trove of information for the Corvette enthusiast looking for how the factory did things.  The area, which is pictured below, is unbelievably clean and untouched with body looking great and even the original ink stamps visible on the backs of some of the gauges.  The top of the dash is still the original black paint from when the car was black.  The trunk is also like a time capsule with the original lug wrench and jack handle stored correctly in their clips.  The original jack is stored under the original tire cover inside a 5th wire wire.  The inside of the trunk looks great, the fiberglass is in good condition, and even the original sticker shows well.  Everything is covered by the original trunk mat, which looks nice, but is getting brittle, with the correct number molded into it.  There are also photos below showing how the dual antennas were mounted inside the trunk.  The headlights are the original "T3" units.  Please note that these are not the reproduction "T3" bulbs that have the DOT symbol.  These are the original bulbs that are no longer available.

The pervious owner said that the wheels that are currently on the car were installed prior to her father's purchase in 1958 and have been on the car throughout their ownership.  I do not believe that wire wheels were ever directly available from the factory as a standard option.  There is some speculation that wire wheels were available from the dealer or as a dealer installed option sometime in this era, especially for the earlier solid axle Corvettes.   Wire wheels were featured on some Corvettes around this time including the car from the "Route 66" TV show and numerous factory show cars. 

If you could prove or if you believe that the car was truly first purchased by a GM executive then it does seem plausible that there is a chance that the wheels are something special from GM or the factory.  The previous owner claimed that the dual antennas and the wheels were on the car since new and were installed specially for the first owner as a GM executive.  There is no documentation beyond the word of the previous owner to verify this and we cannot in any way claim it to be true.  We are very confident however, that the spinners themselves are correct and original 1957 Corvette spinners that you would find on an original 1957 Corvette hubcap.  We cannot prove they they were installed on these center caps from the factory or if it is something someone adapted back in the 1950's.  The spinner installed does look very professional with an inner ring made to the same curvature of the inside of the center cap and drilled with 4 holes in the correct bolt pattern as the spinner.  Also, the dish of the center cap matches the curve inside the factory center cap.

As a side note, this Corvette is not a dealer auction vehicle.  Our Corvettes come from owners who expect their cars to go to someone that will give the vehicle the same care and attention as they did.  We invite and encourage you to examine the car in person or have the car inspected.  Please take the time to scrutinize each picture.  We photograph each vehicle to the greatest extent so you can feel confident about your purchase.  If you have a question about the Corvette, just give us a call.

 

numbers

 
 
 
 

Please note when checking the numbers that not only do the correct stampings and casting numbers appear on the parts, but all of the dates are also chronologically correct.  This means that all of the parts were made and assembled in the correct order.  For example, all of the dates for the individual engine components and the engine casting date should obviously precede the assembly date of the engine because the parts had to be produced before they could be assembled.  All of the parts I checked follow this rule and are dated correctly. 

 

item number description*
VIN E57S102723 The first digit, "E" indicates the Corvettes series.  The "57" is the model year, 1957.  "S" is the plant where the car was produced, St. Louis.  The last six digits are a sequence number meaning this was the 2,723rd Corvette made for 1957.
Engine Code F I I 2 3 "F" means the engine was build in the Flint, MI plant.  "I I" corresponds to the eleventh month of the year and "2 3" is the twenty-third day of the month.  This means the engine was assembled on November 23, 1956.
Suffix Code FG This means the motor was intended for a 245hp Corvette with a Powerglide automatic transmission, which is correct for this car.
Engine Block Casting Number 3731548 The engine block has the correct 3731548 casting number.
Engine Block Casting Date K 12 6 "K" is November, "12" is the twelfth day of the month, and "6" is 1956 so the engine block was cast on November 12, 1956.  This is correct as it predates the engine code.
Distributor 1110891 The distributor is correct with 1110891stamped on the plate.
Distributor Date Code 6 L 13 "6" is 1956, "L" is November, and "13" is the thirteenth day of the month meaning the distributor is dated November 13, 1956.
Ignition Coil 091 The coil is stamped with the last 3 digits of the part number 1115091, which is correct for this car.
Intake Manifold Casting Number 3739653 The intake manifold is correct with a 3739653 casting number.
Exhaust Manifold, Right 3733976 The right exhaust manifold is correct with a 3733976 casting number.
Front Carburetor 2626S The front carburetor has the correct 2626S tag attached to it for a later 1957 Corvette made after October 1956.
Front Carburetor Date Code B 7 "B" indicates February and "7" is 1957 so the front carburetor was made in February 1957.
Front Carburetor Air Horn Casting # 6-1299 The air horn on the front carburetor is correct with a 6-1299 casting number.
Front Carb Main Body Casting # 0-049 The main body of the front carburetor is correct with a 0-049 casting number.
Rear Carburetor 2627S The rear carburetor has the correct 2627S tag attached to it for a later 1957 Corvette made after October 1956.
Rear Carburetor Date Code M 6 "M" indicates December and "6" is 1956 so the front carburetor was made in December 1956.
Rear Carburetor Air Horn Casting # 6-1299 The air horn on the rear carburetor is correct with a 6-1299 casting number.
Rear Carb Main Body Casting # 0-1049 The main body of the rear carburetor is correct with a 0-1049 casting number.
Generator 1102043 The Generator has the correct 1102043 stamped into the plate.
Generator Date Code 7 B 8 "7" is 1957, "B" is February, and "8" is the eighth day of the month meaning the generator is from February 8, 1957
Radiator 3133689 The radiator tag has the correct 3133689 stamp
Radiator Date Code 57B "57" is 1957 and "B" is February so the radiator is from February 1957.
Brake Master Cylinder Casting # 5456022 The master cylinder is correct with a 5456022 casting number.
Brake Master Cylinder Part # 5454480 The master cylinder is correct with a 5454480 stamped on the front plug.
Brake Master Cylinder Cap 5300880 The master cylinder cap is correct with a 5300880 casting number.
Starter 1107664 The started is correct with 1107664 stamped into the housing
Starter Date Code 7 B 26 "7" is 1957, "B" is February, and "26" is the twenty sixth day of the month meaning the starter is from February 26, 1957
Transmission Right Side Cover 3709050 The side cover on the right side of the transmission has a 3709050 casting number.
Trans Right Side Cover Casting Date B 12 7 "B" is February, "12" is the twelfth day of the month, and "7" is 1957 so the side cover on the right side of the transmission was cast on February 12, 1957
Transmission Rear Housing 3708134 The rear housing of the transmission has a 3708134 casting number
Trans Rear Housing Casting Date B 12 7 "B" is February, "12" is the twelfth day of the month, and "7" is 1957 so the rear housing of the transmission was cast on February 12, 1957
Transmission Main Case 3719243 The main case of the transmission has a 3719243 casting number
Trans Main Case Casting Date A 22 7 "A" is January, "22" is the twenty-second day of the month, and "7" is 1957 so the transmission main case was cast on January 22, 1957
Transmission Adapter Plate 3733293 The adapter plate has a 3733293 casting number.
Transmission Tail Housing 3726595 The trail housing has a 3726595 casting number
Transmission Left Side Cover 3719261 The side cover on the left side of the transmission has a 3719261 casting number.
Trans Left Side Cover Casting Date B 19 7 "B" is February, "19" is the nineteenth day of the month, and "7" is 1957 so the side cover on the left side of the transmission was cast on February 19, 1957
Windshield Wiper Motor 5047991 The wiper motor has the correct 5047991 number stamping. 
Steering Box 5666151 The steering box is correct with a 5666151 number.
Outside Mirror Y-50 The outside mirror is correct with a "Guide Y-50" stamping.
Trunk Mat 3723710 The trunk mat is correct with a 3723710 part number.
Rear Axle Casting Number 3725889 The rear axle is correct with a 3725889 casting number.
Rear Axle Casting Date A 10 7 "A" is January, "10" is the tenth day of the month, and "7" is 1957 so the rear end was cast on January 10, 1957
Rear Axle Code AE "AE" is a code used on Corvettes with a Powerglide transmission and 3.36:1 Ratio.
Rear Axle Date Code 1 22 "1" is the first month of the year and "22" is the twenty second day of the month so the rear end was produced on January 22, 1957.
Left Muffler 3813533 The left muffler is correct for a 1957 Corvette with 3813533 stamped into the housing.
Right Muffler 3813534 The right muffler is correct for a 1957 Corvette with 3813534 stamped into the housing.
Left Rear Shock 5520279 The spiral shock on the left rear is original and correct with 5520279 stamped on the housing.
Left Rear Shock Date Code A57 "A" is January and "57" is 1957 so the left rear shock was made in January of 1957.
Right Rear Shock 5520279 The spiral shock on the right rear is original and correct with 5520279 stamped on the housing.
Right Rear Shock Date Code A57 "A" is January and "57" is 1957 so the right rear shock was made in January of 1957.
Tachometer 1548346 The tachometer has a 1548346 ink stamp on the back.
Tachometer Date Code Feb 18, 1957 The rear of the tachometer has "Feb 18 1957" ink stamped on the back of the housing.
Speedometer 1582936 The speedometer has a 1548346 ink stamp on the back.
Speedometer Date Code Feb 13, 1957 The rear of the speedometer has "Feb 13 1957" ink stamped on the back of the housing.
Wheel Spinners 3725239 The spinners are correct for a 1957 Corvette with a 3725239 stamping and "MADE  U.S.A." stamped in a circular pattern with "BLC" in the middle.
Turn Signal Lenses F-57 Both front turn signal lenses have "Guide" molded into the top of the glass with "F - 57" molded near the bottom.
Tail Light Lenses RIA - 56 Both tail light lenses have "Guide" and "RIA - 56" molded into the plastic.
Windshield CV "C" denotes November and "V" denotes 1956 meaning the windshield was made in November of 1956.
Driver's Side Glass NT "N" denotes January and "T" denotes 1957 meaning the left window was made in January of 1957.
Passenger Side Glass NT "N" denotes January and "T" denotes 1957 meaning the right window was made in January of 1957.
Left Hardtop Window 2 7 "2" denotes February and "7" denotes 1957 meaning the left hardtop window was made in February of 1957.
Right Hardtop Window 11 6 "11" denotes November and "6" denotes 1956 meaning the right hardtop window was made in November of 1956.
Rear Hardtop Window 1 57 "1" denotes January and "57" denotes 1957 meaning the rear hardtop window was made in January of 1957.

 

 number pictures
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condition

 
 

Exterior

The white exterior is in very good condition when you consider is it 54 years old.  The body panel fit is quite good for a 1957 Corvette.  The doors open and shut nicely; they feel solid and precise like they should when you close them.  The chrome bumpers and other bight work on the car appears to be original and shows well.  There are some small door ding size dents in the trim around the coves.  There are no major imperfections that have been intentionally excluded from the photos.  There is some small cracking, touch ups, and other blemishes that were too faint to show up in photos, but nothing that really stands out from about ten feet away.  The paintjob has some age and blemishes, which is evident in the photos.  I have done my best to accurately and objectively photograph the car and show the flaws, but some are too small or cannot be picked up by the camera.  For the most part however, the car looks in person as it does in the photos The wheels are in great condition with a nice finish and no curb rash. The tires are in nice shape with about 80% tread left.  This car was never driven in winter and has no rust issues whatsoever.  Even the exhaust and mufflers are original.  The underside of the car is original looking, and a bit grimy as one would expect after 54,000 miles, but is it is untouched and has no rust or corrosion.

 

Interior

 

The red interior of the Corvette looks marvelous.  The seats look nice with no rips or splits seams.  They are not worn in the typical areas such as where the driver gets in and out.  The carpet throughout the car is also in good condition with no holes, tears, or major stains.  The door panels are in excellent condition and fit well to the door.  The previous owner claims that the seats and carpet may have been replaced about 15-20 years ago, but they were not 100% sure.  The dash is in great condition with no cracks or damage to the original surfaces.  The trunk is totally complete and original with the spare tire, jack, lug wrench, and jack handle are still stowed correctly.  This car has not been smoked in and there is no aroma whatsoever.  The pedal pads are not excessively worn and, as one can see in the photos, look correct for a car with this mileage.  Corvette interiors are not known to wear well and the excellent condition of this interior is a testament to the meticulous care this car has received throughout its life. 


Mechanical

This 1957 Corvettes appears to be in overall good mechanical condition.  The car starts right every ever time with the flick of the key.  There is no smoke from the exhaust when starting or driving the car.  The car idles well and runs fantastically.  I would say that this is a great driver that feels good on the road.  The brakes are responsive and do not pull to one side or the other.  Also, the engine compartment is clean and tidy as one can see in the photos.  The horn works as do the headlights, turn signals, turn signal indicators, interior lights, windshield wiper, which is a common problem on this era Corvette, gauges, odometer, and even the original Wonder Bar radio plays and gets reception.  I believe the windshield washer system would work and does activate the wiper blades, but the original washer bottle is cracked.  I have literally put 2 miles on the car so there may be things that I have overlooked.  I am sure the car could stand some normal service and maintenance.  It does have it's leaks and other small things, but I personally believe that overall this car is mechanically sound and has no major issues.  The previous owners said that the engine has never been out of the car and that the car has never needed any major overhauls.  The daughter of Mr. Kilijian drove this car occasionally to local cruise-ins so it has seen consistent limited use throughout the years.  It never sat unattended for a long extended periods of time.  The only items on the car that I have noticed that do not work are the blower for the heater and the fuel gauge.  They may be something easy as simple as a fuse or something more, but we have not looked into the issue as all.  The power top is also not functional and the rams have been disconnected from the convertible top frame.  We are leaving anything that someone may want to do to the car up to the future owner.  Not enough can be said as to how much of a pleasure it is to drive this car, especially with the dual quads and the top down on a beautiful day.


Overall
Condition

 

Overall, this 1957 Corvette is in remarkably original condition.  This car is an unbeatable value and we have it priced to sell.  Numbers matching and originality are the most important factors in Corvette pricing and as one can see this car is astonishing and nearly impossible to duplicate.  This is a truly an investment grade Corvette.  This car turns heads and gets a ton of attentions wherever it goes.  The future owner can do more research and make his or her own conclusions about the items such as the wheels and antennas.  Besides the obvious things mentioned above, this is without a doubt oen the of the most original and unmolested 1957 Corvettes available right now.  One could easily enjoy this vehicle for several years and sell it for more than the purchase price with minimal effort.

 

Thank you for looking and please email or call with any questions.

 

vehicle pictures

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