Of the 6,339 Corvettes built in 1957, only 43 were ordered with Rochester fuel injection and the special RPO 579E "racer" option, which included a special fresh "air box" intake. These cars also had the mandatory RPO 684 Heavy Duty Racing Suspension, which included heavy duty springs and shocks, front stabilizer bars, a quick steering adapter and sintered metallic front and rear brake linings with finned brake drums. Brake cooling was supplied by capturing fresh air in special scoops called "elephant ears." These scoops directed air into the brakes through screened backing plates. In 1957, a total of 51 Corvettes were produced with this special braking and heavy duty suspension package.
This car, serial #5938, was produced late in the year and almost immediately pressed into regular race duty at Riverside Raceway in Southern California. Owner Dave King raced the car through the 1960s and sold it in 1976. Rich Mason purchased the car in 1980 and continued racing it throughout the West until 2002. Dave Dwoskin purchased the car in 2003 and followed suit, racing it throughout the West and then restoring it in 2004. The car competed in events at Riverside, the Monterey Historics, Sears Point, Laguna Seca, San Diego, Buttonwillow, California Speedway, Portland International, Willowspring and Palm Springs. It is currently owned by John Justo, who has raced it at Lime Rock and Watkins Glen International.
Finished in rare Arctic Blue with Silver coves and a Red interior, it is fully prepared for vintage racing and equipped with a Rochester fuel-injected 283 CI engine complete with the “air box” intake system, a 4-speed manual transmission and 4.11 Positraction rear end, American Racing Torque Thrust wheels, cut-down windscreen, full roll cage and safety equipment. Documentation includes race history and historic photos.
Part of the Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee in January, 2013.