Chevrolet Corvette 1957





Lucky Dei-Cast

scale 1:18

Model number: 92018BU


Review of the model:

This is another release from Lucky Die-Cast in the Yatming Group. This very model car from 1957 is produced by other makers as well: Maisto and Burago. Maybe the moulds are identical, I have no proof on, but we have seen before makers buy moulds from each others. In 1957 when the car came to the market, they only came in six colors: Red, black, white, copper, turquoise and blue. I have always had a keen eye to the blue metallic one, with the correct name of Arctic Blue! Only Lucky Die-cast has the 57´ in Arctic blue in scale 1:18.

This little car – is a big little car. Try to park it beside a 1957 Mercedes Benz 190, The Corvette looks like it is in another scale! Corvette 1957 is a predator. From the start you unpack this model, you will notice at once, how well prepped and painted this model is on the die-cast body work. This light blue metallic color is perfect applied and the varnish and polish shines like a real car. Here in Europe the model is one of Lucky Die-Cast lesser expensive model at a sales price just over 27.00 Euros. And if we look more closely on the other parts it could easy become a bargain.

But this is not a bargain! - with a closer inspection of the other parts, the hole model looks and feel a bit cheep to say it a least! The whole under part of plastic parts, on this model is so horrible in quality that you won’t believe it’s from the same maker, as the well made die-cast over body part. The plastic itself are poor quality and bristle, that you shall think over how you park the model. The front wheels sharfts are very delicate and can break off if you not handle the parts with care. There is a big chance that the front wheels become standing skew over time; therefore I plan to replace the shafts to a metal rod, to give more strength.

The worst parts on the model are the tires! They are way to wide and the tire tread look if they are for a 2x2 pickup truck. The plastic is hard and glossy and looks if they are for a toy car.

Let’s try to look at the other parts this model car is made of; firstly look at the chrome, the little roaster have a sparse chrome trim, but all the chrome included looks fine and shines realistic when polished by a soft cloth. The only issue here is the steering wheel that needs some extra chrome. Corvette 1957 is a model where all doors and lids can be opened and that is a great feature! The gabs are notable but acceptable all in all. If we open the hood the 283hp Fuel injection V8 motor is revealed with a fairly amount of details, but some of the chrome parts had to be reduced by grey and black paint.

The model wheels had also to be modified, first the tires need flat black paint, and the hubs on the corvette shall match the color of the body. At the center the hubcaps is well made from the factory here. When we see the model in profile one notice the chrome trim around the front wheel well and white sideboard is missing. Luckily Molotow Liquid Chrome pen was with in reach.

When we look at the interior of the car, it’s obvious that it all had to be repainted due to poor plastic look. Therefore the model was dissembled and all parts were painted in right colors. The instrument panel includes a dashboard and a sticker of instruments. This sticker could carefully being removed and later placed over the newly painted dashboard. After the seats, doors (back and rear side) was painted along with the sand-color carpet the interior emerge a bit more realistic.

Back in the trunk the spare tire resides, but on the real car the spare tire is concealed under a floorboard in the trunk (if the wheels have been narrower to scale, it could have been possible for the maker to solve this more accurate.

The plastic parts of windows and lenses are all well made and the little car has good emblems (for a model at this price range) on front, fenders and deck lid. But it’s a shame the white part on the side of the front fenders and doors is made of plastic.

So is this model a bargain? No not at all, but its cheep in price…But sadly also in product quality. The paint is fantastic and chrome is good, but it needs a little tenderness. So even if you lay some time and effort in it, the result will still be a cheap model car!

If you are willing to spend 6 X times more, AutoArt make some fantastic Corvette’s 1958!

I use to recommend a model to you regardless of pro and cons, but in this case I will say spend you money on a other model.

I will give this model 2 out of 6 stars  ******

Below here are pictures of the model, historical description, old brochures, technical data and some movie clips for the real car. So please enjoy!




  Chevrolet got right from the beginning. Corvette was welcomed by the public  
  Light interior suits the blue color well  
  Note how fine the taillights reflect in the inlayed chrome trim  
A good feature is the open trunk
A cool looking sports car of its time
Lucky Die-Cast has made a marvelous paintjob again
Note the exhaust pipes is intergraded in the rear bumper
This 1957 Corvette looks good from the rear
Easy to understand why this car still today attract buyers
Cool grill and front as well
Well made lenses and emblem
The tires is way to wide on this model!
A glimpse at the V8
Let's take a ride
A masculine predator that also attract lady drivers
Arctic Blue is one of my favorite Corvette colors
Good quality window "glass"
Gabs is acceptable in this price range
Tire treads is a bit heavy
After the interior was repainted the car looks better
Note the open ashtray beside the gearstick
Dashboard with sticker instrument panel
Corvette 1957




1956-1957 Corvette by Mike McNessor

Since the Corvette's rocky introduction in 1953, its designers have faced a vexing challenge: how to profitably build a sports car that can compete with Europe's best while carrying a price tag that Chevrolet enthusiasts can aspire to.

At times, the formula has been wildly successful, at times slightly off the mark, but since the introduction of the all-new 1956 Corvette, America's sports car has consistently delivered exciting performance and exotic styling at a price that, while not necessarily affordable to the masses, has at least been attainable for more than a few lucky owners.

For 1956, the 'Vette's knockout performance came from a Chevrolet small block--a world-beating power plant, consistently voted one of the greatest of all time, and one that would power Corvettes for more than three decades.

The '56 Corvette's striking new exterior design, however, seems to have come from somewhere east of Detroit--namely Stuttgart, Germany. Gone were the 1953-'55 Corvette's flamboyant tailfins, and replaced by a rounded tail with an aggressive slope. Up front, the 'Vette's fenders lunged forward like the front legs of a bounding cat, capped by a single pair of bulging headlamps and flanking an oval-shaped mouth with 13 vertical teeth, bared aggressively. The new Corvette lacked only a set of gullwing doors to complete its grinning impersonation of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. (Some reports say that a faction inside of Chevrolet was actually advocating gullwing doors, though the idea was nixed due to weight and cost concerns.)

GM designers shot for the moon when they emulated the 300 SL--in its day, an exotic supercar on par with the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren. But while the Corvette might have shared some of the legendary Benz's looks and impressive acceleration, Chevrolet kept the car more affordable than the 300 SL by building it on a conventional steel ladder frame chassis with a fiberglass body. By comparison, the race-bred Benz was built on a tube chassis that weighed a mere 110 pounds and was clad with an aluminum hood, trunk lid and doors.

Additional conventional touches linked the Corvette to its passenger-car siblings in Chevrolet's lineup and distanced it from the less-successful 1953-'55 Corvette. There were now chrome door handles and door locks, as well as roll-up windows and an optional power convertible top--though not necessarily exotic, these details made the new Corvette a better fit for the mainstream American sports-car buyer.

Automotive journalist and Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car columnist Karl Ludvigsen called the '56 Corvette "A real traffic stopper," in a Sports Cars Illustrated review of the then-new Chevrolet. "Without qualification, General Motors is now building a sports car."

For 1957, the Corvette's styling didn't change, but Chevrolet moved the car even closer to the 300 SL with the addition of a mechanical fuel-injection system called out by a trio of badges, one in each of the Corvette's signature coves and another on its trunk lid. The Corvette also matched the 300 SL's four-speed manual transmission, with a unit supplied by Borg-Warner. And just to make sure that the world took notice, the Small-block was enlarged to Buyers were offered two versions of the engine with fuel injection: the first with hydraulic lifters and 9.5:1 compression, and the now-legendary 283hp 283 with a solid-lifter Duntov cam and 10.5:1 compression.

Was Chevrolet's Corvette comeback kid a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL imitator by design? Perhaps; But while M-B aimed future versions of its SL straight at the deep pockets of the Beverly Hills set, Chevrolet remained true to building a world-class sports car with a distinctly American accent.

1957 Corvette

Chevrolet pulled something amazing out of the hat for 1957: Fuel Injection. First run in 1956 at the Sebring race, the Rochester Ramjet injection was an answer to Mercedes-Benz which featured fuel injection in the 1954 300SL. The innovation solved a fuel starvation problem caused by sloshing while cornering with carbureted engines under race conditions. The fuel injection system, displayed in a cutaway drawing to the left, also enabled Chevrolet to boast of 1 hp per cubic inch of displacement with the 283 cu. in., 283 hp engine.

To keep this development in perspective, consider this. Almost all of the high priced supposedly advanced competition -- including Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini -- did not go with fuel injection until the 1970s or later.

The new system was complex and costly however. At $484.20, the one option added over 15% of the price of an entire Corvette. Buyers found it irresistible however, with 1,040 checking the box on the order form. The complexity also resulted in a high maintenance reputation.

Not up for debate is the way the market treats fuel injected Corvettes of the era. Corvette enthusiasts went for it in a big way in 1957 and more so 50 years later as a collectable; the price premium for a "Fuelie" as they are often called is significantly higher than their more mundane carbureted cousins.

There was more good go-fast news for Corvette buyers in 1957. Just south of the clutch, a new four speed manual transmission became available as of April 9, 1957. 664 1957 Corvettes were so equipped at an extra cost of $188.30. Special four speeds had been installed in some race cars, so apparently the "More is Better" philosophy applied.

The marketing people had started to become aggressive with the competition. This was the start of a series of ads that continued for many years, pointing out that the imports did not entirely own the sports car world.

Technical specification:

Vehicle Specifications Convertible
Wheelbase, inches 102.0
Length, inches 168.0
Width, inches 70.5
Track, inches front: 57.0 rear: 59.0
Height, inches 51.1
Curb Weight, pounds 2,985

Engine Specifications

Type ohv V-8
Displacement, liters/cu inch 4.6/283

Bore x stroke, inches 3.875 x 3.00
Fuel Management 1 x 4-bbl. 2 x 4-bbl. fuel injection
Horsepower: 220, 245, 250, 270, 283hp

Car Type Production Base price
2-door convertible 6,339 $3,176.32


Option Production Price $
Heater 5,373 118.40
AM Radio, signal seeking 3,635 199.10
Parking Brake Alarm 1,873 5.40
Courtesy Lights 2,489 8.65
Windshield Washer 2,555 11.85
Wheels, 15 x 5.5 511 5.10
Whitewall Tires, 6.70 x 15 5,019 31.60
Power glide Automatic Transmission 1,393 188.30
Auxiliary Hardtop 4,055 215.20
Power Windows 379 59.20
Two-Tone Paint 2,794 19.40
Power Operated Folding Top 1,336 139.90
245 hp Engine 2,045 150.65
270 hp Engine 1,621 182.95
250 hp Engine Fl (579A) 182 484.20
283 hp Engine FI (579B) 713 484.20
250 hp Engine FI (579C) 102 484.20
283 hp Engine FI (579E) 43 726.30
Positraction Rear Axle, 3.70:1 327 48.45
Positraction Rear Axle, 4.11:1 1,772 48.45
Positraction Rear Axle, 4.56:1 NA 48.45
Heavy Duty Racing Suspension 51 780.10
4-speed Manual Transmission 664 188.30


Old brochures of the car













Video of the real car from YouTube

  1957 Cascade Green Chevrolet Corvette Convertible  
  1957 Chevrolet Promotional Film  


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Aeronautic June 2018


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