The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 199
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
$66,000 USD | Sold
| Grapevine, Texas
20 October 2012
300 hp, 350 cu. in. V-8 engine with Tuned Port Injection, 350 automatic transmission, independent front suspension with upper and lower wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with leaf springs, and four-wheel power drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.
Finished in Onyx Black and having received a full body-off restoration, this Bel Air was constructed to be one of the best resto-mod cars of its kind. It received a new ZZ3 350 TPI V-8 with 300 horsepower, three-speed automatic transmission, and a fully detailed chassis with dual exhaust and a smoothed and painted frame. Coker wide white radials with factory spinner hubcaps can be found on all four corners. The beautiful upholstery is finished in period correct red and silver with red carpeting. Other features include a power top, power windows, a power seat, floor mats, electric wipers, power steering, power brakes, dual mirrors, and a custom Sony AM/FM CD built into a tissue dispenser. The trunk is well appointed with a jack, Coker spare tire, mat, and the top boot. Records indicate that this was a rust-free car prior to restoration, and today, it is a very usable, distinctive collector's car.