In 1956, Chevrolet introduced the second generation Corvette. It was sporting a fresh new body style, accented with gently curved rear fenders and eye-catching body side-coves. The new Corvette offered roll-up windows, outside door handles and was available with a removable hard top. In 1957, the exterior remained the same, but the '57 Vette was powered for performance. It featured the legendary 283 V-8 engine and by mid-year, a four-speed gearbox. The 283 was available with a four-barrel carb, duel four barrels or new Ramjet fuel injection. With fuel injection, the 283 delivered 283 hp, and for the first time in automotive history, achieved one horsepower for each cubic inch. With a 4:11 rear-end this Vette was clocked at 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds. With new styling, improved handling, and the fuel injected 283 V-8, America now had one of the finest sports cars in the world.
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