Thursday, June 9, 2016

1957 Corvette s/n 3963 283/283 FI Historic Racer

1957 Corvette FI Historic Racer
This article appeared in the September 2007 issue of Vette Vues Magazine in its coverage of the Bloomington Gold Corvette show.

1957 Corvette
Serial Number 3963 283/283
FI Historic Racer.
Owned by: John & Sally Neas, Tulsa, OK (2007)

This Corvette is the earliest known RPO 684 produced at St. Louis, and perhaps most successful 1957 Corvette in SCCA Racing during 1957. Produced May 14, 1957, factory delivered to driver Bark Henry and driven to Cumberland to race May 17-19. Sponsor Robert "Bob" Rosenthal of Rosenthal Chevrolet in Arlington, VA, was most successful dealer race team in 1957. Fred Windridge was the number two driver. The Car was heavily promoted and supported by Ed Cole and supported by Zora Arkus-Duntov and Chevrolet.

1957 Corvette #3963 Known Race Dates and Results

1957 Corvette Race Car on display at the 2007 Bloomington Gold Corvette show.

  • *Options - RPO 684 heavy duty brakes and suspension * RPO 579 Fuel Injection * RPO 685 Four Speed Transmission * RPO Positraction * RPO 276 Wide Wheels * RPO 419 Hardtop * Soft Top 
  • *Henry, Rosenthal, Windridge, and Dick Thompson were charter members of the first Corvette Club in the United States.
  • *Driver Bark Henry (winner of race on cover of 1st Corvette News ~ Elkhart Lake 1956)
  • *Rosenthal Chevrolet was Wednesday night meeting place for Washington DC racers.
1957 Corvette Race Car on display at the Bloomington Gold Special Collection XXII - Celebration '57 held at the Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, Illinois, June 2007.

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