1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Sometimes a hobby turns into obsession, the best simply isn't good
enough, and the student eventually becomes the teacher. With that
in mind, we can't think of a better car to be obsessed with than
the Chevy Bel Air. Long coveted by pretty much anyone who has an
affinity for mixing chrome and gasoline, tri-fives like this sweet
'57 continue to prove that, in the realm of mobility, age increases
desirability. But this isn't just some fixed-to-cruise charmer
that'll look good in front of the local Dairy Queen.
Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest Bel Air of them all??
For consignment, a 1957 Bel Air. It's a highly correct hard top
that's benefitted from a California lifestyle, custom paint, and
polished Ridler wheels. It has a 327ci V8, broadcloth bucket seat
front interior and some modernization to make it more creature
Exterior "And then he will carry me away to the castle, where I
will live happily ever after." In your dreams Snow White, and
exactly what this car is made for, pure enjoyment. From its golden
toothy grille that floats between a small upper bumper and lower
large bumper complete with rubber tipped "Dagmars", to the beltline
swoop spear that makes a downward turn on the rear quarter panel,
this restoration is truly the definition of the term "buttoned up."
Dual rocket style hood embellishments are fronting curved gentle
tubes that are on either side of the hood. These run back toward
the windshield where they die into the hood. Very nice, (just like
the bumpers and trim), chrome headlight bezels frame the single
headlights, and wonderful chromed side view mirrors, door handles,
and window trim are all good. Wrap around front and rear glass is
beautifully trimmed in stainless steel on the B pillars, and the
uppers of this car are showing in Royal Blue. This paint is
beautifully applied and runs deep. The lowers are painted white
with an airbrushed blue arrow swooping to the back where just
above, we see an offshoot of the downward sloping spear, that also
runs to the rear of the car, and borders a horizontally ribbed
aluminum panel with a gold BelAir badge in your grandmother's
handwriting and cloisonne Chevrolet bowtie badge. We need to talk
about the straight steel panels all around, with fair minded gaps.
4 shiny Ridler 5 spoke chromed are wrapped in low profile rubber.
It's gettin' deep!
Dripping in 50's styling but with a modern twist, there is abundant
use of the nifty vertical tuck and roll try broadcloth that has
black vinyl upper and gray carpeted lower. Slipping inside a more
modern twist with wide low back buckets in gray broadcloth and
sporting some shiny dark gray bolsters and chromed edging on the
backs. A Hurst shifter is on the floor just within reach of the
driver. Fronting the original and pinstriped painted dash is a
rally steering wheel which has a billet insert and leather covered
rim, mounted on a chromed tilt column. Cutting through the middle
of the dash is a chromed mesh horizontal trim that houses the AM/FM
radio, and various control knobs. On top of the dash is an
aftermarket tachometer, and below a trio of extra gauges in a
stainless shiny panel. This floats above clean gray carpeting and
red striped edged floor mats. In back is a broadcloth rear bench,
and some extra speakers mounted into the rear interior deck. The
trunk has been beautifully lined with black felting. 'What's the
matter? Cat got your tongue??"
Fully restored and rebuilt, a consigner stated 327ci V8i V8 is
sitting within one of the cleanest engine bays in Classic Auto
Mall. An orange/red block and shiny valve covers and a single
4-barrel carb feeding this beautiful mill. On the back is a 4-speed
manual Muncie M20 pushing power rearward to a 3.36 ratio pumpkin.
All very nice finishes abound... Pleasant Dreams!
Slight surface rust is seen on various parts but floor pans and
body hangers are rust free Dual Flowmaster exhaust worms it's way
back past all this finery. Power front disc brakes brakes are up
front and power drums for the rear along with power steering and
independent coil spring front suspension and leaf spring rear
suspension are all clean and pristine.
As like the rest of the car, it runs very well, starting
immediately, shifting smoothly, and providing a smooth ride. A roll
down of the window and we were off. Plenty of power from those 4
barrels feeding the 327 cubes, which all ran just smooth as
If you are in the market for the best year of the tri-fives, that
is as close to really nice as one can get, then look no further
because this is the nicest example I've seen in a long while.
Bathed in wonderful deep blue with white lowers and some custom
airbrushing throughout. A neat resto-mod-esque creation. Come on
down, you will not be disappointed.
C-2400 Series Bel Air
O-Oakland, CA Assy Plant
167808-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.