You want iconic? We've got iconic! How about an aqua blue and white
'57 Chevy, replete with wide whites, wire wheels, small block
power, and acres of chrome? If we were searching for the ultimate
car to cruise the Miracle Mile this would be it, hands down.
Few color schemes are as right for a '57 as Tropical Turquoise and Imperial Ivory, and this one was done right. A high quality build with only 1600 miles since completion, you'll find very shiny paint over arrow straight panels. The chrome is all new, as is the tinted glass. Gold emblems add a touch of class while LED taillights look cool and give those following you a clearer idea of when you're slowing down. A California style one-piece bumper is up front, replacing the awkward multi-piece factory part. There aren't any other modifications on the body; some cars are so well-styled from the factory that add-ons simply aren't necessary!
Inside, you've got brand new, wall to wall new upholstery from CARS, Inc. Slide in and get comfortable-there's plenty going on in here. The dash is done to the same standard as the exterior, and it's sporting all new aluminum trim. Front and center is a full set of Dakota Digital VHX series analog gauges, backlit with blue LED's. You're holding on to a stock appearing, small (read: normal for today's cars) steering wheel attached to a new Ididit steering column feels great in your hands. Billet accents adorn the shifter and turn signal levers, the shift indicator and the brake pedals. A new headliner is above held in place with stainless bows. Power windows are at your sides while A/C controls are just to the right of the column. Again, no trickery or silly parts in here, just great-looking, well-chosen pieces.
Under the hood you'll find a few more liberties taken than with the body, but there's still nothing but quality to be found. Front and center is a rebuilt 327 with the full show treatment. It's got a mild cam for a little rumble and an Endurashine-coated Edelbrock intake and carburetor combo for more power. Ram's horn exhaust manifolds carry away spent gasses while a new aluminum radiator deals with excess heat. Billet Specialties' Tru Trac pulley and accessory package is up front, and that certainly wasn't cheap, and there's a CPP chrome brake booster and master cylinder on the smoothed and painted firewall. Up front is a CPP quick ratio steering box which does wonders in knocking the car out of the 50's and into the present day. Likewise, the front disc brakes with drilled rotors are something that Eisenhower-era GM engineers could only dream of. New shocks, new bushings, new ball joints, new steering pieces... the list goes on. The exhaust system follows the factory Power Pack routing but is a larger diameter and sports turbo-style mufflers. Coker true wire wheels are surrounded by 215/70/15 BFGoodrich wide whites, and honestly, is there any other way to finish off a car like this?
A small pile of receipts follows the car, as does a professionally done, hardbound build book. This wasn't a cheap car to build and the proof comes along with it. If you're looking for a really well built, great looking '57 Bel Air, call today!
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