1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
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Some of the nicest muscle cars we feature here are those built by passionate people who invest a large amount of money and time into a project they simply love. Classic cars are all about passion, and much to the surprise of casual on lookers, most car guys don't dream about building Ridler finalist cars or a prestigious Pebble Beach type of car. Instead they're filled with impressive, well-built cruisers, which put modern power, and everyday drivability and top-notch road manners in about five times the curb appeal of your local showroom dealer cars. This awesome '57 Chevy was carefully crafted into a first-class head turner. Thanks to a proven 350 small block and a virtually indestructible driveline, it's now the perfect build for some cross-country road trips this summer. If you're looking for a hot Tri-Five that's every bit as cool as some ground-up custom, then here is your car. This beautiful Bel Air is an amazing classic ride at an incredible price.
Incredibly vintage and yet decidedly fresh, this slick Bel-Air is proof that Chevy's decision to take an already popular fuselage, and decorate it with an ample amount of chrome was a fantastic idea. Unlike GM's exaggerated designs of the mid to late 50s and early 1960s, this car's proportions are right-on, there's the appropriate use of stainless and trim, and the sharp rear tail fins that would later grow into controversial wings are fully integrated into attractive, planar surfaces. Just by looking this car over we can tell this Bel Air was and very solid piece when its high quality restoration began. Nonetheless, its body was stripped down to bare metal and all body panels were re-worked and perfected in a thorough and complete rebuild process that included cleaning up the undercarriage as well.
Under this incredible tri-five's gently rolled hood you'll find a 350 V/8 cubic inch with a nice amount of street power! And although it's a V/8 and may look small in the car's super tidy engine bay, you can be sure that it has no problem propelling this curvy 50's classic into speeds that will surely get the attention of the law if you're not careful. At the top of the orange V/8 block, a nicely chromed, Chevrolet branded, open-element air cleaner mixes fresh air with high octane dinosaurs that are put through a stock fuel pump. Below that chrome air cleaner, a coated Edelbrock carb jams that perfect air/fuel mixture into a 4-barrel intake manifold that's flanked by chrome Edelbrock valve covers. Behind those valve covers, a HEI distributor sequences spark between 12-volt Blaster coil and loomed Red High-Temp Accell plug wires. Cooling is provided by a new stock looking radiator that's equipped with black hoses, and factory correct cooling fan. Charging comes courtesy of a new Chrome alternator that keeps the powerful and new Optima battery all charged up. An aluminum power steering pulley spins next a new water pump, and high quality Classic Performance Products steering parts. The spent gases travels from a slick pair of stock exhaust manifolds into correct new 2.5” exhaust pipes. Aesthetically, this sweet Chevy's fully sorted engine bay is a stylish combination of glossy Brandy Wine color and black. Details, details, details… like a fresh CPP Chrome brake booster and master finish off the engine bay, and lets you know you're in good hands when it comes to stopping this baby.
During its restoration process, this Bel Air's original 'Glide Ride' suspension was fully rebuilt with modern power steering and 2-inch drop springs at the front. Above that suspension, rust-free floor pans were, like most of today's best classics, clean and completely painted in GM satin black. Behind the stout small block, a Turbo 350 trans spins a factory posi-traction rear end, with 3.55 gears. The braking is handled by a front set of modern discs that were a logical and easy retrofit. Exhaust rumbles through new, aluminized pipes that go through some Flowmaster mufflers. And power flows to the pavement via 15-inch American Racing Torq Thrust II's that lap 245/45 R17 BF Goodrich Radial Comp T/As around fresh chrome spokes. All of the car's lines, hoses, brackets and fasteners, which were completely replaced at the time of restoration, show little to no weathering. Everything from this Chevy's oil pan to its new fuel tank is fully sorted and ready to hit the road!
Featuring a stunning array of Burgundy and tan accents, this tri-five's custom-fitted two-tone interior is outstandingly clean, neat, and impressive. At the center of the car, detailed two-tone custom seats wear a striking combination of vinyl skin colors that's flanked by sturdy, modern seatbelts. On the doors, two-tone panels, which are a total custom build, hang chrome handles; stainless trim and simple armrests rest below glossy brandy wine colored toppers. At the floor, fresh burgundy carpet with custom made matching floor mats really ties everything together. On the roof, a clean and tight headliner stretches from the car's curved front window to its straight, burgundy package tray. At the front of the cockpit, a pristine dash hangs clear Classic Instruments gauges next to a modernized Wonder Bar radio. The driver is connected to the road by a glossy, 15” small-diameter steering wheel (Installed after these images) that spins a full chrome horn ring around a stock steering column. And the passengers carry their essentials via a fully custom restored trunk that anchors a full-size spare tire with a custom made tire cover that matches the rest of the interior – adding class to an already classy ride.
American classics like this awesome Bel Air are very special, and they represent incredible value to buyers. With its hot drivetrain, high quality restoration and custom color combination, this is the kind of build you simply couldn't build for our asking price. Just imagine yourself heading out in this old school classic on a warm summer evening; the smooth, open road as your canvas, and nothing between your mind and miles of happiness!
VIN DECODE: VC57N110879
V = V/8 Engine car
C = SERIES 2400 Bel Air
57 = year
N = built at Norwood Ohio Plant
110879 = sequence build number
350 cubic inch Chevrolet V82-inch dropped front springs15-inch American Racing Torq Thrust II wheelsBel AirTurbo 350 Automatic transPower steeringBrandy Wine Pearl paintPosi-traction rear-endPower, Front disc brakesCustom interior
350ci Chevy V8