1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible (B)
Model: Bel Air
Exterior Color: Red
Interior Color: Red/Grey
Asking $110,000 or best offer
Matador Red w/ Real Silver Interior
283 4 Barrel Carb
3 Speed Manual Transmission
Ram Horn Manifolds w/ Dual Exhaust
Correct Radiator w/ Shroud
Manual Drum Brakes
AM Pushbutton Radio
Dual Outside Mirrors
Spinner Wheel Covers
Wide Whitewall bias ply tires
Bel Air Floor Mats
Stock Front and Rear Suspension
Finger Nail Guards
On this Bel Air the paint, trim and interior are show restored with no visible flaws or other blemishes. All the trim and brightwork is beautiful and everything works exactly as the factory built it. The gauges were restored, and the fabric and seat materials are restored to new. The 283ci V8 Twin Barrell Turbo Fire engine is displaying the two 4-barrel carburetors that offers a unique rumble when running and is backed by a 3-speed manual transmission. The battery and wiring are done to factory show standards, and the engine bay detail is equal to that of the rest of the car. All of the glass is excellent, and the power top fit and finish is above reproach.
In 1957 engine displacement grew to 283 cu in (4.6 L) with the "Super Turbo Fire V8" option (shared with the Corvette), producing 283 hp (287 PS; 211 kW) @ 6200 rpm and 290 lb⋅ft (393 N⋅m) @ 4400 rpm of torquewith the help of Rochester Ramjet continuous mechanical fuel injection (closed-loop).These so-called "fuelie" cars are quite rare, since most Bel Airs were fitted with carburetion.
The 1957 Bel Air is considered by many to be "an icon of its age. . .right alongside Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and Leave it to Beaver," and is among the most recognizable American cars of all time; well-maintained examples, especially sport coupes and convertibles are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. They are roomy, with tastefully restrained, period use tail fins and chrome. A second automatic transmission, Turboglide was optional. While the original two-speed Powerglide continued unchanged, Turboglide provided a continuously variable gear-ratio which made "shifting" imperceptible. The shift quadrant on Turboglide cars followed a "P R N D Gr" pattern.
From 1955 to 1957, production of the two-door Nomad station wagon was assigned to the Bel Air series, although its body and trim were unique to that model. Prior to becoming a regular production model, the Nomad first appeared as a Corvette-based concept vehicle in 1954. Chevrolet has since unveiled two concept cars bearing the Nomad name, most recently in 1999. The 1955–1957 Chevrolets are commonly referred to as Tri Fives.
The 1955-1957s were made in right-hand drive and shipped from Oshawa Car Assembly in Oshawa, Ontario, for local assembly in Australia (CKD), New Zealand (SKD) and South Africa. All three model years had a reversed version of the '55 LHD dashboard and did not get the LHD models' 1957 redesign.