Lot Number
374
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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 'Fuel-Injected' Convertible

$100,000 - $125,000

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 11 - 12 OCTOBER 2018


Chassis No.
VC57N171432
  • Just 386 miles since a comprehensive restoration
  • Highly desirable fuel-injected 283-cu. in. V-8
  • Impressively equipped and very nicely presented

“Tri-Five” Chevrolets, produced between 1955 and 1957 are, without a doubt, among the most popular American cars in the world. They offered something for everyone, from basic and inexpensive two-door coupes to high-end convertibles, and everything in between. Some 19 different combinations were available, with different body styles, trim packages, and engine choices. The 1957 model year, with its characteristic rear fins, became one of the defining automobiles of the 1950s. The example offered here is especially iconic, the fuel-injected Bel Air Convertible.

This car was subject to a no-expense-spared restoration, with just 386 miles driven since the completion of the work. The centerpiece of the car, the optional Super Turbo Fire 283-cu. in. V-8, was rebuilt to high-performance specification with a high-performance cam, factory dual exhaust, 10.5:1 compression and, of course, the highly desirable factory fuel-injection system. It offers some 283 hp, more than enough to make this one of the quickest Bel Airs available. Great effort was taken in the restoration to ensure that each part is correct. Under the hood, all clamps, hoses, and belts are period-correct replacements with proper code markings. The car is fitted with a proper Delco tar top battery. The car has been exhaustively detailed, inside and out, with special attention paid to the engine compartment and undercarriage, making this an ideal ’57 to show at any of the highest-level events in the country.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the car is the number of period-correct accessories with which it is fitted. It offers a power top, DeLuxe red and silver interior with functional clock, turn signals, the DeLuxe heater, cigar lighter, E-Z See tinted windows, spinner hubcaps, and period-correct BF Goodrich Silverton wide whitewall tires. It is also equipped with the highly desirable “Gold Package,” with a gold license plate frame, gold grille, and gold “V” on the hood and trunk.

Offered in its original shade of Matador Red, this car is one of the finest Bel Air convertibles available anywhere. The bodywork, interior, chrome, brightwork, and paint are, in a word, phenomenal, as would be expected with restoration expenses well into the six figures. It is, without a doubt, the ultimate ’57 “Fuelie.” It will make a distinct statement wherever it goes and is sure to provide its new owner with countless miles and countless smiles.



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