While the Bel Air and their anodized quarter panels get all the
attention, the humble 1957 Chevrolet 150 2-door post coupe makes a
claim for being the cleanest of the '57 Chevys. With trim that
echoes its older brothers in the Shoebox Chevy family, the 150 gets
by with a minimum of flashy trim, yet retains that timeless 1957
look. This very handsome coupe is the recipient of a very
high-quality restoration with a few tasteful upgrades that make it
a fantastic cruiser and a casual show car that can be driven with
There are few better colors on a '57 Chevy than bright red, and the finish on this car is very nice. Bodywork was well done, and there are no signs of previous damage or repairs, just clean sheetmetal. Detailing is crisp, and with the 150 trim on the quarters, the slight dip under the rear window is much more pronounced, giving the car more character that's often lost in the over-abundance of chrome on the Bel Air. Speaking of chrome, the bumpers, grille, and other bright parts have been refinished to a very high standard and you'll note that extra time was taken to ensure that all the stainless trim lines up properly. Correct Chevrolet badges have been installed front and rear, with the stylized 'V' that symbolizes V8 power under the hood, and all the glass is bright and clear. Nothing has been shaved or removed, and externally, this car is a lot closer to stock than it would appear at first glance.
Inside, you'll find an all-new interior with a clean, simple look, from the black seat covers to the very cool pleated door panels. New black carpets are on the floor, covered by matching black rubber mats with inset Chevrolet logos, and overhead there's a fresh headliner that's taut and wrinkle-free. The original gauges still live in the dash, and they've been augmented by a set of auxiliary gauges hanging underneath. That shifter looks like it should be controlling an old-school manual gearbox, but it's actually connected to a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission. The original radio still lives in the center of the dash and is joined by a Grant GT steering wheel that updates the look just a little. The trunk is proof that this is a super-clean car and also packs a vintage bias-ply spare tire and jack assembly.
The engine is a 350 cubic inch V8, which, as a small block Chevy, was an easy swap. Topped by an Edelbrock carburetor and Holley intake, it's a strong runner that sticks to the tried-and-true formula. A few chrome dress-up items add a bit of sparkle and there's Chevy Orange paint on the block, so it's not really breaking any new ground, but that's not really the point. A modern dual master cylinder was installed for safety and long-tube headers dump into a true dual exhaust system with a pair of Flowmaster mufflers and cool angle-cut tips under the rear bumper. The aforementioned TH350 3-speed automatic transmission feeds the original rear end, so this car is a pleasant highway cruiser and it sits exactly right thanks to a stock-style suspension and a set of traction bars out back. It rolls on a set of chrome REV wheels and recent 235/15/17 front and 285/40/17 rear performance radials.
It's amazing what a difference a few pieces of trim make. Without the big Bel Air panels, this super clean 150 looks like an entirely different car, one that's lighter and better suited for battle on the streets. Give us a call today!