1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Sedan
- Arkansas Car
- 327 V8
- New Interior
- Electronic Ignition and Fan
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“Classic 1957 Chevy Bel Air - Lawn Art That Burns Rubber” - superchevy dot com
Pretty much every automotive authority agrees the '57 Chevy Bel Air merits the accolade: “A classic.” And there are any number of reasons for this unanimous honor. Hemmings put it this way: “Automotive historians have long searched for one reason why the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is the quintessential 1950s American car. But there is no one reason. Rather, its status must be credited to a unique combination of reasons, taken together.” They went on to imply some sort of extraterrestrial magic at work to bring the car into being: “…all the stars somehow aligned just right behind the '57 Chevy, and, specifically, the Bel Air. With something for everyone, is it any wonder Americans have chosen it to represent the fabulous Fifties?”
The '57 Bel Air two-door sedan offered here is an updated, but faithful example of the genre. The exterior on this Harley Earl-designed classic shines with its factory-color red paint complemented by the characteristic—and now iconic—mid-Fifties design like the “Bel Air” and “V8” gold badging and the three gold “front-fender louvers.” All the other classic design cues have been similarly retained on the car: the bumper “Dagmars;” the two aircraft-inspired distinctive hood ornaments; the swoopy stainless-steel side moldings; the anodized-aluminum quarter-panel trim; the dual rear (fake) exhaust outlets; even the “betcha can't find it” gas cap. Aftermarket chrome “spinner” wheel covers are in place in homage to the early customizers who couldn't resist personalizing their Bel Air. Narrow-whitewall tires complete the period look.
The updated retro theme continues on the interior, as does the retention of all the classic factory design elements. The dashboard houses the stunning gauge cluster set in red steel; chrome and machined-steel trim extends across the dash, and a red steering wheel (with chrome trim) is in place. The seats have been re-upholstered in diamond-stitched red fabric accented with black and silver, and black carpeting covers the floor. Door-panel upholstery nicely mimics the seating surfaces and includes chrome-strip trim. Auxiliary water-temperature and oil-temperature gauges have been added below the dash.
The tidy engine bay houses the 327 cubic-inch V8 engine topped with an Edelbrock chrome air cleaner. Underneath, dual exhausts with performance mufflers are in place. Overall, only minimal surface rust is evident owing to the car's longtime Arkansas ownership.
Across the board, this restored '57 is in drive-ready condition. Available at the GarageKeptMotors website, are more than 155 high-definition photographs of the car, taken from virtually every angle including from underneath. The short walk-around-and-startup video gives a brief audio sampling of the 327 V8 muscle. We encourage in-person inspections of the car at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call or email us first to arrange an advance appointment, or to ask any questions.
Back in the day, a Chevrolet magazine advertisement promised: “You'll feel a very special kind of pride the day you park a new '57 Chevrolet in your driveway. You'll take extra pride and pleasure in the way it looks, the way it acts, and the way it's put together.” It's pretty rare that an advertising copywriter's promise holds up more than 60 years after it was written.