Take a look at this beautifully restored and incredibly rare Fuel Injected 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible brought to you by Caruso Classic Cars. This car received a full frame off restoration in 1999 costing over $100,000. The car was purchased from a museum after the restoration and remains immaculate! Since its restoration, it has always been stored in a climate controlled garage and has never seen rain or snow! What makes this car so special is original factory ramjet fuel injection system in combination with the convertible top. This is one of only 68 ever built! Don’t miss your chance to own one of the rarest Bel Air’s manufactured!
Engine – The engine is the original numbers matching Ramjet fuel injected solid lifter 283 pushing out 283 HP. The fuel injection unit was recently rebuilt with new Viton seals. The motor runs better than ever! The engine features the correct 3731539 heads, M56 Radiator, 6L28 Generator, #7014360 Fuel Injection system, and a #3731548 block. The exhaust manifolds are #3733976 RH and #3733975 LH which only came on the 283/283.
Transmission – The transmission is the original numbers matching GM 3 speed manual. The car is setup with the stock 3 on the column configuration with a heavy duty clutch. The transmission is numbered #3845122 with date code 107.
Interior & Options – The interior features the beautifully correct Yellow and Silver upholstery. The car is option with correct orange needle gauges, AM push button radio w/optional Wonderbar radio, electric clock, power top, heater and defroster, courtesy lights, glove box light, cigarette lighter, vanity mirror, and a dash prism "trafficator"
Exterior & Options– The car features a beautiful Colonial Cream paint job which matches the original scheme. The body is straight as an arrow and remains in immaculate condition. The car was option with a continental kit, chrome spinner hubcaps, dual rear mount antenna, wide white wall nylon bias ply square tires, E-Z eye tinted glass, cushion-air bumper guards, S.S. chrome package (trunk trim and door handle guards), even a dealer installed radiator bug screen!
Brakes & Suspension- The car features stock brakes and stock suspension with heavy duty springs.
Additional Info – The car is VIN # VC57J151015 born in Janesville, Wisconsin, with correct "EK" engine designation.
Correct 3731539 heads which featured the arrow block on the head and staggered valve cover bolts.
Radiator is M56.
Generator is 6L28,
Fuel injection #7014360 (which is the Early 1st generation fuel injection w/snowflake "winters" foundry mark on top of plenum unit) Serial #1134, Unit #054. It has the fuel meter single tube spider and micro switch for the crank enrichment.
Transmission #3845122 date code "107" (October 7, 1956).
Rear differential #3725899 (equals open axle date coded L106 = Dec. 10, 1956).
The exhaust manifolds are #3733976 RH and #3733975 LH which only came on the 283/283.
The biggest auto news of 1957 was the introduction of "Ramjet" fuel injection manufactured by GM's Rochester carburetor division and developed by John Dolza, E.A. Kehoe, Donald Stoltman and Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. It was optional equipment on the 1957 Corvette engines, and could also be had on V-8's powering any other Chevrolet car.
The first Rochester fuel injection unit was #7014360. Very early units did not have the familiar black Rochester Products I.D. tag, and the unit number (serial) was stamped into the lower front of the plenum vertical face. Early plenums had the "Winters Snowflake" cast in the ribbed area of the plenum.
Research shows that in very early 1957, production with the 4360 fuel injection unit used the 1957 Corvette-style air cleaner. The passenger car F.I. air cleaner was not available early in the 1957 production year." As a result, assembly line workers installed the Corvette-style chrome air cleaner to this already special convertible.
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