For Sale: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air in Cleveland, Ohio


Vehicle Description

NEW PRICE! Exceptional frame-off restoration with receipts totaling more than $125,000. Correct Matador Red and India Ivory, 283 Power Pack V8, power steering and brakes. Show-winner that drives like a new car!

This is one of those exceptionally detailed restorations, one where they not only nailed the basics of paint and upholstery, but got the little things right, too: the clock works, panel gaps are tight and even, and the car runs and drives so easily that you’d swear it’s 50 years younger. The vivid Matador Red paint is just the right shade, glowing in the sunlight, and the addition of the India Ivory roof seems to emphasize the long, low look of the ‘57s in particular. There are no waves in the bodywork, no signs of sub-par workmanship, and although the car has been driven since the restoration was completed, there are very, very few signs of it thanks to a conscientious caretaker who knew this car was special. When it came time to restore the jewelry on this car, no expense was spared. The bumpers are beautiful, the gold anodized grille and emblems are crisp and bright, and everything lines up just right so the lines are unbroken from panel to panel. The stainless strips along the flanks blend with the Bel Air anodized panels to make the top-of-the-line Chevys distinctive, and twin antennas on the rear deck would become a Chevy trademark for years to come.

Inside, the two-tone black and red upholstery was done just the way the factory would have, including the funky red and black fabric inserts. The detailing is exceptional, with the bright strip of trim stretching across the dashboard and housing the secondary controls, radio, and clock. The familiar three-pod instrument panel is beautifully restored and all the gauges and lights are fully operational. Indeed, everything works as it should, including the radio which has an FM converter inside to the clock which has been converted to painless quartz operation. Under the dash, you’ll find a tissue dispenser which is an unusual yet surprisingly popular accessory, and the carpets are protected by red rubber floor mats. The trunk is correctly outfitted with a rubber floor mat and a full-sized spare tire so you don’t have to wrestle with the one in the continental kit. There’s also a correct jack assembly.

The small block Chevy V8 under the hood was a revolution when it was introduced in 1955, and it’s a big part of why the ‘57s are so beloved. Equipped with a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust that were part of the “Power Pack” setup, it’s a superb runner that makes good power and great sounds. It’s wearing correct Chevy Orange paint and includes those lovely valve covers with embossed Chevrolet script that really makes it look special. Up top, there’s a proper heavy-duty air cleaner and a Rochester 4-barrel carburetor. When the car was competing, it was completely stock, but once its show days were over, it was modestly upgraded to make it easier to drive, including a modern Saginaw power steering pump and rack, front disc brakes with a dual reservoir master cylinder, and a 12-volt alternator. All these modifications are bolt-ons that could be undone if you wish to return the car to show duty, but it runs and drives so well, I think it would be a mistake. Turn the key and it sparks to life as quickly as a modern fuel-injected engine and idles smoothly even when cold. That’s some nice tuning!

The transmission is the original 2-speed PowerGlide automatic and in this Bel Air, it delivers snappy performance with no fuss and no muss. Out back, the original rear end was rebuilt and fitted with 3.27 gears, which are a nice compromise between punchy acceleration and highway-friendly cruising. You’ll note that the floors have been painted and finished to the same standards as the bodywork, providing a great background for the satin black frame and suspension components. There are a few signs of use, but not much that couldn’t be wiped away in a few hours of detailing and the stainless steel exhaust system should look great practically forever. Correct 14-inch steel wheels have been painted to match the body and fitted with correct spinner hubcaps and modern 205/75/14 Coker wide whitewall radials for a big improvement in ride and handling.

This car also includes a 3-inch-thick binder full of every receipt and invoice for the restoration, an album of restoration photos, a set of accessory fender skirts that are fully restored and ready to be installed, a dealer-issued bug screen for the radiator, and a heavy duty car cover and inflatable “bubble” for storage.

This is absolutely one of the finest ’57 Chevys on the market anywhere. You can certainly shop price and there are cheaper ones out there, but few can match this car’s combination of looks, quality, and performance, and it’s still a fraction of the cost of restoring one to this level. In the car business, you always get what you pay for, and this is a fantastic example of arguably the most iconic car of all time. Call today!

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Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-866411
  • Year:1957
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Bel Air
  • Exterior Color:Red, White
  • Interior Color:Black, Red
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:19216
  • Stock Number:213042
  • Trim Level:Sport Coup
  • VIN:C57N241519
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Tinted Windows:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes