They built a lot of 1957 Chevys, and despite that they continue to be highly-sought, first-rate collectables. And then there are cars like this particular Bel Air hardtop, which simply borders on art. Immaculate in every sense of the word, you can see the quality from 50 feet away, and from behind the wheel, you'll know this car was worth every penny.
Sure, a Matador Red '57 Bel Air hardtop is a pretty popular car, but not many guys invest the time and money required to bring them up to this level. It's almost like this one was rebuilt from the molecular level to be better than the rest, with a show-quality finish that seems to glow from within. Looking down its flanks, you won't see a single ripple or wave, and even the edges of the panels are almost perfectly flat so the light moves effortlessly from one to the next. The red paint is so deep and rich it's almost like you could jump in and swim around in it. Nothing was modified, just restored to an impossibly high level, including chrome that shines like quicksilver, beautiful stainless trim, and, of course, the anodized billboards on the rear quarters. It also carries Fuel Injection badges, which are not just for show, and sports the nicest polish job we've ever seen. Seriously, there are shiny cars and then there's THIS car. Wow.
More cubic dollars were poured into the interior, which offers custom low-back bucket seats and the original bench, all wrapped in luxurious leather and cloth upholstery that looks like it was borrowed from a Lear Jet. A custom center console streaks down the center of the car, mostly for style but also to hold the touch screen for the navigation system. All the usual power goodies are here, including A/C with neatly integrated vents under the dash, a potent sound system, and a tilt column with a custom billet wheel that recalls the original. Classic Instruments supplied a trio of white-faced gauges that fit in the original dash, and the wall-to-wall polished trim looks as good today as it did in 1957. The trunk has been fully upholstered to match, with removable panels to hide the inner workings of the stereo system.
A Corvette-spec LT1 lives under the hood, which is appropriate given the Fuel Injection badges on the front fenders. It's certainly been dressed for show with lots of chrome and bright red paint, but it was also designed to work right, so the accessories feature a serpentine belt drive, there's a dual master cylinder, and the lines and hoses are all neatly routed for easy service access. Underneath, there's power rack-and-pinion steering and 4-wheel power disc brakes, as well as a 100% stainless Magnaflo exhaust system. A 700R4 4-speed automatic cruisers effortlessly with overdrive, and the rear is an indestructible Ford 9-inch. 17-inch Foose rims recall classic Torque Thrusts, and are the only external indicator that this isn't a fully restored Bel Air.
With a build album that shows you how carefully it was built, this is a show-quality '57 that will blow all the others away, both on the road and on the show field. Call today!
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- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- LT1 350 V8
- Transmission Type
- Body Color
- Viper Red
- Body Style
- Bel Air
- 7,329 (Unknown)
- Interior Color
- Center Console