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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

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Fresh out of a museum after 20 years, this stunning, numbers-matching 1957 Bel Air convertible is poised to start taking home the big trophies. Complete with its original Power Pack setup, and finished in spectacular Tropical Turquoise, there are few more iconic collector cars than the '57 Chevy convertible. Their rapidly escalating values are proof that even with a mass-produced car, the rules of supply and demand prevail. In short, EVERYONE loves '57 Chevys. The restoration is 20 years old, but the car shows only 660 miles since then and has been perfectly preserved in climate-controlled stasis, so it remains fresh, crisp, and ready to show. Paint and bodywork are simply spectacular, with just the right amount of gloss in the paint to make you believe it's 1957 all over again. Forget over-restored cars that sparkle like costume jewelry, this car is highly authentic-looking with crisp details and cool period options like fender skirts and a continental kit. Someone spent a fortune on chrome and stainless restoration, and even 20 years ago it probably cost as much as a new Cadillac to have it all refinished to its current standards. From the wide grille and rubber-tipped "Dagmars," to the bright side panels that mark this as a Bel Air model, to the gold anodized V emblems front and rear that symbolize a V8 engine under the hood, all the little details are beautifully restored. After 20 years in a museum, it's no surprise that the interior remains fresh. Both front and rear bench seats use correct patterns and materials, including the tufted buttons on the seat backs, and the door panels are like new. The dash is full of restored gauges, and the color-matched steering wheel shows no cracks or signs of wear. An original AM radio still lives in the dash, and right underneath is a glove box full of original owner's manuals and an accessory tissue dispenser. Correct carpets are protected by a set of matching floor mats, while overhead there's a neatly fitted power convertible top. The trunk is correctly restored with a rubber mat, with the spare mounted out back in the continental kit. A 283 Power Pack V8 lives under the hood, and uses a 4-barrel carb and dual exhaust to deliver 220 horsepower. Performance is lively with great V8 sounds and a healthy burble from the dual tailpipes that exit under the rear bumper. Coated in traditional Chevy Orange, the engine is highly correct, right down to the original generator with integral power steering pump on its back. Underneath, the chassis is clean and ready to show, with a 2-speed PowerGlide driving the original rear end. Red oxide primer on the floors is how they were built originally, and it rolls on a set of 7.50-14 wide whites with spinner hubcaps. Well-restored '57 Chevys seem recession-proof, with prices that remain rock-solid. This one could be considered a blue-chip investment, and its current condition is a testament to the quality of the restoration. Call today!

Reference Number 132827

as of 7/16/2012

Overview
Car 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
VIN VC57N210118 
Mileage 660 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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