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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

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Nobody can argue the timeless appeal of the 1957 Chevrolet. Cars like this lovely Bel Air hardtop are on just about every enthusiast's wish list, and despite huge production numbers, demand still outstrips supply. With a smooth-running 283 and a TH350 automatic transmission, this one is great on the road, and thanks to some smart upgrades like A/C and a modern stereo system, it's as livable and useful as your daily driver. Given the choice, who wouldn't rather cruise in a bright red Bel Air? Originally code 793, Onyx Black, this hardtop now sports a Matador Red paint scheme that is the color that most folks imagine when they hear the words "1957 Chevy." Nicely finished some years ago, it still presents very nicely, with a good shine to the paint and excellent detailing. The steel underneath appears solid, with good panel gaps and alignment, and no signs of massive panel repairs. Chrome-and there's a lot of it on a '57 Bel Air-is good throughout the car, from the massive front bumper to the tips of the rear tailfins. The same goes for the stainless trim, especially along the sides, where it has been nicely polished and still shines like chrome. Event those big anodized aluminum panels that were exclusive to the Bel Air models have been properly restored, which everyone knows costs a fortune. A set of accessory fender skirts gives this one a custom look that helps it stand out. A matching black and red pattern cloth interior was installed at the same time the rest of the car was restored, and shows even better than the paint and bodywork. Using correct textures and patterns, its uniquely '50s design is still cool and stylish, and fits the car much better than any modern buckets and ultraleather might. The wide front bench is comfortable, and you'll appreciate the funky cloth inserts on hot days. And speaking of hot days, you'll also enjoy the ice cold A/C, thanks to an aftermarket system that has been neatly installed under the restored dash. The gauges are a beautiful design study of 1950 General Motors, with everything arranged in a neat pod ahead of the driver, and framed by a thin-rimmed steering wheel with a horn ring. A modern AM/FM/cassette stereo head has been installed to increase your music options, while the original heater controls have been modified for use with that A/C system I mentioned earlier. Carpets are recent and in good condition, thanks to as set of reproduction rubber floor mats. Pop the hood and you'll find the original 283 cubic inch V8 still sporting a coat of Chevy Orange paint, its original oil bath air cleaner, and matching stamped steel valve covers. The engine bay is probably in mostly original condition, and suggests that this car has had an easy life. There's a little dirt, sure, but very little rust and all the original components are still present and accounted for, including the generator, wiper motor, and master cylinder-all items that are usually "upgraded" during a renovation. The new A/C system uses modern R134a refrigerant, so it's easy and inexpensive to service, while things like the belts and hoses show signs of routine maintenance. Turn the key and it springs to life with a crisp burble from the glasspack-equipped dual exhaust system, and the original transmission shifter has been adapted to work with the TH350 3-speed automatic underneath. The chassis is original and unrestored, but functional-people who want to display their cars with mirrors underneath need not apply. For reliability, a new gas tank has been installed out back, while the original 14-inch steel wheels sport 205/75/14 whitewall radials and original-style hubcaps. Go ahead and price some of the other Bel Air hardtops on the market, and you'll see that this one is somewhat of a bargain. Solid and usable as-is for many years, you'll enjoy cruising on a Friday night with your best girl by your side and some appropriate tunes on the stereo. With everything that was great about these cars 100% intact on this one, it's a driving experience that you'll enjoy for years to come. Call today!

Reference Number 122701

as of 4/20/2011

Overview
Car 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
VIN VC57F285967 
Mileage 10,980 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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