Chevrolet Corvette SS (1957) - 1:43-Scale Diecast Model Car by AUTOart
- 1:43 Scale (approximately four inches in length
- Diecast metal body, features no opening parts
- Poseable steering
- Comes with acrylic dust cover and display base
The personal project of Corvette godfather Zora Arkus-Duntov, the 1957 Chevrolet Corvette SS was an experimental race car that was meant to be Chevy's ticket to victory on the international sports car racing stage. The Corvette SS featured a lightweight magnesium body stretched over a tubular space frame, and was motivated by a 307-horsepower V-8. With Le Mans as the ultimate goal, the prototype Corvette SS was entered in the 1957 Twelve Hours of Sebring, where it proved fast but fragile (retiring after only 23 laps.) The bosses at General Motors were sufficiently impressed to greenlight the car for Le Mans, but an industry-wide ban on factory-backed race cars in America squashed its chance at international glory. However, the 1957 SS experiment would point the way toward future successful Corvette racers, and AUTOart's 1:43-scale diecast replica is a fitting tribute to this important milestone in Chevy racing history. Featuring articulated steering and a fully detailed interior, the AUTOart Corvette SS is certain to become the centerpiece of any collection of American sports racers.