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After Decades in the Shadows, the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Super Sport Reemerges at Amelia Island

Posted March 08, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: chevrolet classic auto corvette

In December 1956, at the New York Auto Show, Chevrolet debuted a one-off Corvette concept it called the Super Sport. After its time on the show circuit, the car was sold through a dealer in New Mexico, and shortly afterward, fell off the radar. Now, six decades later, the restored Corvette is ready for its second public debut, this time at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.

Based on a production Corvette reworked by Chevrolet’s Styling Department, the Super Sport boasted the new 283-cu.in., 283-horsepower fuel-injected V-8 beneath the hood, highly polished for display and mated to a close-ratio three-speed manual transmission (though a four-speed manual would debut for fuel-injected Corvettes in 1957). On the outside, the Super Sport wore pearlescent white paint with blue stripes, brushed aluminum coves with rear brake ducts, dual cut-down windscreens for driver and navigator, and unique taillamps. Inside the cockpit, driver and passenger sat on leather-clad seats (dyed blue, to match the stripes) and could share drinks from a magnetically attached vacuum bottle. Designed with rallying in mind, the car even incorporated a console-mounted clipboard to hold pace notes.

A classic Corvette concept comes to center stage.

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