There is one car that impresses everyone from concours judges to
vintage enthusiasts, and this is it. The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
with fuel injection. These "Fuelies" were expensive, and thus,
rare. So to have one that is exceptionally preserved in the places
you want it (in the engine bay) and meticulously restored in the
places you love (like the ultra-slick paint) creates true desire on
The factory-correct two-tone presentation couldn't signal a more iconic American appearance unless we place an apple pie in between the jet fin trim on the hood. But the appeal of this one goes much deeper. You can tell that the India Ivory and Onyx Black was laid down with an exceptionally impressive care. And while this looks terrific in the pictures, it's even more stunning in-person. It takes more than the right coats of paint and clearcoat to look like this, because great paint needs a great canvas. That's why the sheetmetal was meticulously reviewed and correctly repaired over every inch. And when this much was invested in the body, only the best brightwork will do. Up front, the bumpers and the other intricate trim has been refinished to award-worthy standards. And of course, all of the gold anodized pieces are bright and correct. As you review the sweeping full-length trim that neatly integrates into the iconic tailfin rear end, don't let those desirable racing flags on the fender distract you from inspecting the overall the quality. Everything on this car has been scrutinized to make sure that the gaps are tight and the trim lies up to appear like unbroken lines. That's why we know you could pick this one up on a Saturday and fill the trunk with awards on Sunday.
Inside, you'll find one of the most striking factory color combinations. The exterior-matching black is a cloth insert looks great against the sporty red on the seats and door panels. It has an eye-catching uniform appearance that makes you proud to show this pillarless hardtop off to the world. And just like the exterior, all the details have been scrutinized during restoration. The period-correct glass is crystal clear; the AM radio is correct and cranking out tunes; the trim is mirror-like; and the gauges have been refurbished to stay sharp. And we know you love all the reproduction tags that remind you this correct coupe has been restored to feel factory fresh.
But your favorite part of this restoration is absolutely under the hood. The original fuel-injection coupe has a correct FJ block that all signs point to being original to the car. And while the motor is the core to long-lasting value, the reason why this one will always be a top attention-grabber is because the level of detail seen on the interior and exterior is continued under the hood. This car was built in April 1957, and the motor and fuel injection system are date coded to April '57, too. Even the distributor, fuel pump, generator, and other major components have been verified to fit in this car's timeline to backup this car's highly original presentation. In fact, the consignor says $40,000 alone was spent on the mechanical and electrical restoration. And of course, all the particulars are exactly what you want. From the Chevrolet script on the valve cover, to the AC decal on the Fuelie's specific intake, to the radiator tag - it's a stellar presentation. And don't forget to look at the undercarriage photos where the fresh presentation and correct red oxide is award-worthy all on its own. If you take this one out on the road, it will feel like a high power time machine. The instant response of the fuel injection combines with the power steering and Powerglide transmission to create the kind of feeling that lets you know what a 1950s executive express is truly like.
There's so much more to talk about on a vehicle that is authentic right down the wheel covers and whitewalls. So give us a call so we can discuss everything. It even comes with the right paperwork like the reproduction window sticker, owner's manual, service manuals, and all of those factory-style tags. You already know how rare this Chevy is, and one done this well rarely become available. So if you're a true connoisseur, don't miss out. Call today!!!
This is the 18th in a 30-day countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s annual Las Vegas collector car auction
H&H Classic Parts points out key parts of design changes from 1955-57
Pick of the Day is a 4-door Biscayne sedan in immaculate condition
A shiny Chevy grille, a little electrical tape, and we were stylin’, at least for a weekend
The Pick of the Day is a Chevy that packs the big-block performance V8 that was the subject of a famous Beach Boys song
This is the 12th vehicle in the 30-day Countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s 47th annual Scottsdale auction.
AutoAncestry leads new owner to the shops that restored his show-quality car
In 1958, I turned 16 and got my first car, a ’50 Chevy convertible my two older sisters had abandoned.
In the early 1970s, when I was 5 years old, my grandmother bought a ’71 Chevrolet Chevelle.