1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Bel Air ConvertibleSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $75,000-$100,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $71,500

220hp, 283 cu. in. Power Pack V8, Powerglide automatic transmission, independent front suspension, rear leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

Color, chrome, and horsepower drove the American automotive market in the late 1950s, and no automobile presented these three elements to the car buying public in a more dynamic manner than Chevrolet ’ s 1957 Bel Air convertible. With nearly 48,000 examples produced, the 1957 open-top Bel Air was a very desirable vehicle. Immediately following its introduction, the car was recognized for its unique styling cues – from the rocket- inspired twin spear ornaments inset on the hood, to the chrome outlined rear tailfins. In addition, a dart-shaped rear quarter panel highlighted with bright anodized aluminum trim helped give the illusion of movement, even when parked.

popular option under the hood of the 1957 Bel Air convertible was the ‘ Power-Pack ’ set-up for the newly introduced 283 cubic inch small block V8. Utilizing the proven Rochester four-barrel carburetor combined with dual exhausts, the 9.5:1 compression ratio engine produced a healthy 220bhp – plenty of power for cruising the boulevards or the highways. Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, and engine guru Ed Cole had produced a car sure to withstand the test of time.

This Bel Air is an exceptional example as it underwent a full frame-off restoration within the last two years. Attention to detail is evident throughout and the car remains in as-new condition. The exterior color, Tropical Turquoise, is a perfect fit for this Bel Air; as it matches the white interior and white canvas convertible top perfectly. A truly great restoration, however, requires careful craftsmanship in areas beyond eye ’ s reach; this Bel Air ’ s undercarriage has been painstakingly detailed with all proper paints and components. The engine is original, restored, and all the more desirable due to its Power Pack four-barrel carburetor. Adding to this generously outfitted convertible is a power top and power steering.

There is no doubt about it – the Chevrolet Bel Air is inexorably linked to the American experience. Its unique paint and crisp, yet flashy, body is unquestionably a product of the 1950s. Ownership of such a convertible signifies not only respect for an icon of American motoring but also a concrete understanding of its significance to automotive history.

Reference Number 10051

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Bel Air Convertible
VIN VC57S218162 
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