Frame-off restoration in 2015. Original color combination, original Power Pack engine. Beautifully finished, runs and drives like new, the quintessential 1957 Chevy ragtop!
Code 793 Onyx Black over code 683 Red and Silver is the car’s original combination, so it hasn’t been re-made to be someone else’s idea of greatness, it was great from the very beginning. Thanks to a frame-off, rotisserie restoration that was completed in 2015, this Chevy is in fantastic condition. We have restoration photos that show it as a bare tub with nice floors and trunk and even the original quarter panels appear to have been retained. That’s good news if you like quality, and the workmanship throughout is of a very high caliber. The black paint is wonderfully deep and bright, with no distortions in the final finish, a result that only comes from a professional color sand and buff, and the gaps are very good throughout the car. All the original Bel Air trim was either restored or replaced, with one or two exceptions that show just a bit of age—notable only because of how nice everything else is. The car has been driven and enjoyed since it was finished (which was the whole point of the restoration) but it remains in very, very good condition overall.
The interior remains in like-new condition with hardly any signs of use beyond some extremely minor stretching of the lower cushion upholstery. Matching door panels are as dramatic as the exterior trim and the big steering wheel with horn ring is so iconic that there are billet reproductions made for hot rods. Simple gauges are all fully operational and they’ve thankfully chosen not to add extra dials on or under the dash, so it looks clean and OEM. The bright trim is excellent, the steering wheel is beautifully restored, and when you settle in behind the wheel, it’s hard not to feel like a million bucks. Overhead, there’s a new white power convertible top that folds easily and stows under a matching red boot and the trunk is correctly finished with a rubber mat, full-sized spare tire, and a correct jack assembly with instruction card.
Under the hood, you’ll find a correct FC-coded 283 cubic inch V8 with the 4-barrel/dual exhaust “Power Pack” option. Chevy wasn’t doing “matching numbers” in the traditional sense, but this is the right motor for this car and it was fully rebuilt about 2500 miles ago. Turn the key and it fires easily and idles well, and you’ll be surprised by the performance if delivers on the open road. Obviously it was fully detailed before it was dropped back into the glossy black engine bay, with correct stamped valve covers with “Chevrolet” script, a heavy-duty air cleaner, and, of course, Chevy Orange paint. Little things like the GM-stamped hoses and correct wire clamps, a tar top battery, and proper Delco generator help with the very authentic lookUnder the big air cleaner there’s a correct Carter WCFB 4-barrel carburetor and a new wiring harness ensures reliability. In fact, just about everything under the hood is new and it presents zero issues for the new owner who wants to drive his ’57 Chevy, because that’s exactly what this car was restored to do.
Experts will note that the glossy black floors should be red oxide primer, but since the goal was a very high-level driver, they felt that the shiny black paint would be more durable and easier to maintain and they’re probably right. The 2-speed PowerGlide automatic transmission shifts properly and should be virtually indestructible and with 3.23 gears in the rear end, it’s a comfortable highway cruiser that’ll go anywhere without complaint. The front end was fully rebuilt with new bushings, tie rods, and ball joints, there are new shocks all around, and a recent exhaust system gives it a mellow tone that’s muscular but never intrusive. It sits on correct 14-inch steel wheels with spinner hubcaps, as well as a set of authentic-looking wide whites.
The car is nicely documented with original manuals and brochures, restoration photos, receipts, and other details regarding the restoration. This is a ’57 you can buy with confidence!
We know there are a lot of ’57 Chevys out there, but you will not find many restored to this level with this attention to detail. It’s fully sorted and built to drive, which is really what you should be doing with any vintage car. Few will attract the attention of this ’57 and almost everyone who sees it will not only have a great memory, but they’ll envy the person behind the wheel. This is a flat-out awesome car. Call today!
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