• Powered by Corvette “Dual Quad” engine
• Desirable three-speed manual transmission
• Unusual high-performance four-door Bel Air
• Equipped with added modern air-conditioning
283 cid V-8 engine, dual four-barrel carburetors, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, power-assisted four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 115”
Throughout its existence, GM’s Chevrolet Division has consistently produced some of the most popular automobile designs ever conceived. Of all, though, Chevy’s wildly successful and handsomely designed 1955-1957 “Shoebox” models rank at the top of the list today. While certain Chevrolet enthusiasts may prefer the subtlety of the 1955 and 1956 models, others favor the flashier 1957 Chevy line and the top-level 1957 Bel Air models as the ultimate expression of the concept.
Deft stylistic updates for 1957 maintained a remarkably fresh and light overall appearance, even though its tailfins grew considerably larger than those of 1956. Similarly, the distinctive “face” and larger bumper design up front avoided the heavy-handed effect of certain other manufacturers’ designs of the era. An ever-growing list of powertrain choices and combinations, plus new competition-oriented high-performance parts added the substance to back up the sizzle, with Chevy’s immensely successful small-block V-8 engine now enlarged to 283 cubic inches of displacement. Powerful four-barrel and dual-quad engines, plus the handful of cars equipped with Rochester fuel injection, kept Chevrolet competitive on NASCAR ovals, drag strips, and streets across America. From new, customizers, drag racers, and hot rodders gravitated to Chevy’s 1957 models in all forms and trim levels, ranging from the basic 150 and 210 cars to the highly equipped, top-of-the-line Bel Air, a mainstay of today’s classic-car marketplace.
Attractively finished in white over white and charcoal gray pattern upholstery, this 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door hardtop is understood to have been ordered new by a General Motors executive with a powerful Corvette 283 V-8 engine equipped with dual four-barrel carburetors and finned Corvette-scripted valve covers, mated to a three-speed manual transmission. Selective updates for enhanced driving enjoyment include a modern air-conditioning compressor, dual-circuit brake master cylinder, seat belts, and an under-dash tachometer. Reported by Bobby Monical to run and drive well, consistent with the many great classics in his collection, this very interesting high-specification 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Four-door Hardtop offers an outstanding opportunity to own and enjoy one of the most iconic and enjoyable American cars from the “Fabulous ‘50s.”
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Four-Door Hardtop
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