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For Sale: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air in Charlotte, North Carolina


Vehicle Description

The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is in a pretty elite group when it comes to significance and overall impact on the collector car hobby. It's one of the most easily recognized cars on the planet and clean, stock examples routinely fetch a solid six figures at auction. Sporting impressive turquoise aesthetics, a correct 283/2-speed drivetrain and a thorough, frame-off restoration, this Bel Air is the kind of well-done classic that goes above and beyond the nearly universal appeal of a stock model. If you're considering a show-stopping tri-five, why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars building a similar car when you can take home this completed masterpiece for a fraction of the money?


The '57 Chevy has become a symbol of an automotive golden age, exemplifying some of the best America had to offer for the 1950s. Even before it was the subject of a comprehensive, frame-off restoration, conducted by Chevy specialist Bob Phelps, this Bel Air was bestowed the prestigious Senior Award from the Antique Automobile Club of America. Since that body-off reboot, which was completed in 2006, the car has left climate-controlled storage for just 180 miles of sunny, weekend cruising. And today, this drop-top rolls as one super cool classic that, thanks to its spectacular combination of color and trim, has an absolutely magnetic presence!

Speaking of trim, all this Chevys incredible chrome is present, accounted for and ready to show. At the front of the car, a guarded bumper props a correct gold grille behind clear parking lamps, a small AACA plaque and a brilliant Chevrolet crest. At the top of that grille, chrome-trimmed, factory-spec headlights and gold header ornamentation lead a domed hood that's decorated with familiar Speer Bullet Spoons. At the back of that hood, polished wipers clear tinted glass, which is trimmed in polished frames, a correct mirror and power-operated vinyl. At the base of that glass, Bel Air-branded spears split the difference between traditional door handles, correct fender louvers and dent-free rocker guards. And at the back of those spears, a classy continental kit reflects small tail lamps, dual antennas and optional trunk trim.


In the late '50s, Chevrolet's 283 cubic inch Super Turbo Fire V8 was a common choice for factory GM performance. And with an advertised 220 horsepower, it's an impressive piece even in today's world of 300 horsepower grocery getters. At the top of the bright orange mill, a dressed and decaled air cleaner funnels wind in to a reliable Carter carburetor. At the base of that carb, a correct, cast iron intake feeds correct, cast iron heads that are finished with stamped and silver-detailed valve covers. At the back of those heads, a familiar points distributor shoots fire through loomed Radio GM plug wires. Once those fires have been lit, a re-cored radiator circulates coolant through pliable GM hoses and authentic squeeze clamps. Once that air and fuel is torched, Ram's Horn exhaust manifolds whisk spent gases in to big, true-dual pipes. Once combustion is created, new V-belts spin a tagged Delco-Remy generator opposite a tagged Delco yellow cap battery. And, since this small block was thoroughly rebuilt during the car's extensive restoration, everything, from its neat GM washer system to its old school AC fuel bowl, is complete, clean and well sorted.


Under this slick Bel Air, a straight, Satin Black frame rides a plethora of clean suspension parts. Above that sturdy chassis, light overspray shades Red Oxide primer, which protects solid floorpans. Behind the engine, a correct Powerglide 2-speed twists torque to a correct, posi-traction rear end that's fitted with moderate, 3.42 gears. Lucid power steering provides modern turning characteristics. Confident stops come courtesy of power drum brakes. A 2.5-inch stainless exhaust system pipes spent gases through deep-sounding turbo mufflers. And power meets the pavement thanks to Tropical Turquoise steelies, which spin 7.50-14 BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls around ornate spinner hubcaps.


The spectacular cockpits in second generation Bel Airs need no introduction, but here goes. Depress the buttons on this Chevy's bright chrome door handles and you'll find a sensational Turquoise and Ivory interior. The power front and fixed rear seats are all-day comfortable, featuring supple, chrome-trimmed hides that fit well and feel great. In front of those benches, a smooth turquoise dash centers an original Wonderbar radio over an optional tissue dispenser and rare vacuum ashtray. At the edges of that dash, 2-tone door panels anchor sculpted toppers and classy stainless trim in front of factory power windows. The driver spins a correct turquoise steering wheel around a chrome horn ring and classic Chevrolet centerpiece. And passengers store their essentials in a freshly finished trunk that features a correct mat, a correct jack and correct decals.


Senior National First Prize from the Antique Automobile Club of America

- 1998

Platinum Certificate from Classic Chevy International

- 991 out of 1,000 points

- 2000


A vintage Owner's Manual

Vintage accessory literature

Restoration photos

The car's Classic Chevy International Platinum Certificate

The car's Classic Chevy International judging sheets

A couple of Tennessee black plates

Some touch-up paint

A top notch restoration takes a while to fully absorb. Its major features may not hit you immediately but, the longer you spend looking at it, the easier it becomes to see just how much work has actually been performed. From its sweet 283 to its amazing interior, every piece of this Bel Air shows as though it was the priority of the build. If you're in the market for a well-executed copy of America's most iconic automobile, don't miss your chance to own this killer '57 Chevy!


Frame-off restoration completed by Chevy specialist Bob Phelps

Awarded Senior National First Prize by the Antique Automobile Club of America

Platinum certified by Classic Chevy International

Correct 283 cubic inch Super Turbo Fire V8

Correct Powerglide 2-speed automatic transmission

Sale includes: Restoration photos / A Classic Chevy Int. Platinum Certificate / Classic Chevy Int. judging sheets

Tropical Turquoise paint

Turquoise and Ivory interior

Factory power steering

Factory power drum brakes

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-776573
  • Price:$129,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1957
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Bel Air
  • Exterior Color:Tropical Turquoise
  • Interior Color:Turquoise
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:180
  • Stock Number:135445
  • VIN:VC57L162969