1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Sales - Design/Build - Restoration
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Delightfully vintage and decidedly fresh, this slick Bel Air is proof that Chevrolet’s decision to take a curvaceous fuselage, weld it to a sweeping roofline and decorate it with an ample amount of chrome was an excellent idea. Unlike the exaggerated designs of the late 50s and early 60s, the car’s proportions are spot-on, there’s appropriate use of trim, and the sharp rear fins that would eventually grow to controversial wings are fully integrated into attractive, planar surfaces. According to its owner, this coupe was an extremely solid piece when its high quality restoration began. Nonetheless, its body was stripped to bare metal and carefully massaged in a thorough rebuild that included a fully restored undercarriage and correct India Ivory on Canyon Coral paint. Today, the car rolls as one fantastic bowtie that creates a one car parade wherever it goes!
Chic is the name of the game with this clean chameleon, as the car’s striking combination of highly polished stainless and subdued coral pigment readily assimilates to either modern or retro depending on its context. That assimilation begins with a heavy, body-width bumper that props a clean Bel Air grille behind a pristine Chevrolet crest and two clear parking lamps. Above that crest, gold header ornamentation rides between hooded T3 headlights and ’57 Chevy-exclusive ‘spear bullets and spoons’. At the sides of those headlights, classic tri-five stainless is flanked by gold fender louvers and dent-free rocker guards. Above those louvers, curvy chrome trim combines with a small mirror, bright wipers and a stylized antenna to perfectly frame factory-tint glass. And, opposite that antenna, peaked fin caps highlight a second chrome bumper, ’57 Chevy-exclusive tail lights and trademark trunk ornamentation.
In 1957, Chevrolet’s 283 cubic inch Turbo Fire V8 was the most common choice for factory GM performance. It made solid power, created plenty of torque and, even in today’s world of 300 horsepower grocery getters, is still lively and impressive. Follow this Bel Air’s slick coral shine in to its clean engine bay and you’ll find a fully rebuilt small block that’s been layered in a thick coat of Chevy Orange paint. At the top of that legendary mill, an old school, Satin Black air cleaner funnels wind in to a familiar 2-barrel carburetor that’s equipped with stainless fluid lines and a glass filter bowl. At the base of that carburetor, a vintage intake feeds air and fuel in to proven cast iron heads that are capped by stamped and silver-detailed valve covers. At the back of that intake, a traditional points distributor shoots fire through fresh Radio GM plug wires. Once those fires have been lit, a tagged radiator circulates coolant through reproduction GM hoses and authentic squeeze clamps. Once that air and fuel is torched, stock exhaust manifolds whisk spent gases into a polite, single-pipe exhaust system. And once combustion is created, new V-belts spin a tagged Delco-Remy generator opposite factory power steering. Everything in this Bel Air’s correctly painted engine bay is as complete as its smooth exterior panels. And not a single detail was missed during the car’s calculated restoration, with items like a correct black oil filler and Delco yellow cap battery topper setting a retro tone.
During that calculated restoration, this Chevy’s original ‘Glide Ride’ suspension was fully rebuilt to include correct power steering. Above that suspension, rust-free floorpans were, like most of today’s best tri-fives, lovingly coated in Red Oxide primer. Behind the stout small block, a correct Powerglide 2-speed spins a factory rear end. Braking is handled by manually controlled drums that are logical and easy to maintain. Exhaust rumbles through a big, aluminized pipe to a mid-mount turbo muffler. And power flows to the pavement via 14-inch painted steel wheels, which lap 7.50-14 Goodyear Custom Super Cushion whitewalls around subdued stainless hubcaps. All of the car’s lines, hoses, brackets and fasteners, which were completely replaced at the time of restoration, show little to no weathering. And everything, from this Chevy’s orange oil pan to its clean stainless fuel tank, is fully sorted and ready to hit the road!
Featuring a stunning array of black and silver accents, this tri-five’s carefully fitted interior is both clean and impressive. At the center of the car, silver-detailed seats wear a striking combination of cloth and vinyl skin. On the doors, tri-tone panels, which almost look custom, hang chrome handles, stainless trim and simple armrests below glossy black toppers. At the floor, fresh black carpet rides below beefy rubber mats. On the roof, a clean and tight headliner stretches from the car’s curved front window to its straight, black package tray. At the front of the cockpit, a pristine dash hangs clear, factory-spec gauges next to a standard AM radio. The driver keeps connected to the road by a glossy, large-diameter steering wheel that spins a full chrome horn around a simple chrome shifter. And the passengers carry their essentials via a fully restored trunk that anchors a full-size spare tire between a correct jack, fresh fender decal and new rubber mat.
The sale of this awesome Chevy includes original keys, an owner''s manual and a stack of restoration receipts.
Cars like this tidy Bel Air are very special, and they represent incredible value to buyers. With its hot drivetrain, quality restoration and striking color combination, THIS is the kind of build you simply can’t touch for our asking price. If you’re in the market for a well-executed copy of America’s most iconic automobile, don’t miss your chance to own this killer ’57 Chevy!
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