1957 Chevrolet BelAir
Not many would argue against the fact that the 1957 Chevy is an auto icon. Images of these cars have been used frequently in graphics, toys, movies, and television shows whenever a 50's classic feel is needed. That is partly why almost everyone out there can identify this classic even if they aren't what you would consider "a car person." This 57 Chevy BelAir is a great looking car and has had a lot of work, time and money invested in its build. The four door body is in great shape and beautifully topped off with a nice metallic Silver paint job which works perfectly with all of the stainless and chrome pieces these cars wear. All of the original style brightwork is in place and all in great shape. Being a 4 door hardtop actually makes the car quite unique as less were produced than the 2 door model. In fact, when it comes to BelAirs rarity in regards to production numbers it goes the wagons, convertibles, BelAir 2 door sedan and then the BelAir 4 door hardtop. The car has a great stance with a very slight rake and sits on custom chrome wheels with knock off style center caps.
If you like your cars with a bit of power under the hood have no fear because this 57 is more than just your average cruiser. This car now roars to life with a 454 motor under the hood. These engines offer a lot of power and perform extremely well on long trips and highway driving. The entire engine compartment is show ready with practically every component being painted, polished, or chromed. It utilizes all braided lines as well as an Edelbrock manifold, Edelbrock carburetor, billet valve covers, billet air cleaner, polished aluminum radiator, polished radiator support, steel flex hoses and much more. Paired with the motor is a Turbo 400 transmission and the car has also been upgraded with power steering and power brakes.
The interior of the car is done in a Silver and White combo with leather upholstery that looks great. The inside has been pretty customized from stock but still utilizes the standard dash layout. Dakota digital gauges have been added in the original bezels and the clock has also been upgraded to Dakota Digital. Other customizations include the tilt steering column, custom steering wheel, billet pedals, aftermarket AC/Heat, and custom billet trim. The trunk is upholstered out nicely as well and houses the battery.
With over 80K invested you could get it for half the build cost at $42,500.00!
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