RECENT FRAME-OFF BUILD, 350 V8 SPLASHED W/CHROME, 4-SPEED, PWR FRNT DISC, A/C
This '57 Bel Air is one shiny Chevy! Thanks to a full frame-off build that cost more than $85,000, this is undoubtedly one of the finest tri-five Chevys we've ever featured. It keeps its classic looks but augments them with an upgraded V8 powerplant, gorgeous interior, and driving manners that will make you want to take a road trip every weekend.
There are plenty of red '57s out there, but not many that positively glow like this one. The finish is almost impossibly deep and glossy and you can see where a pretty big chunk of those build costs were spent. On a '57, getting the bodywork right is more critical than on many of its contemporaries simply because of that stainless trim, and you can see that this one lines up quite nicely. The paint is two-stage urethane, but they were wise to leave out the metallic, so it has a fantastic shine but a very correct look. All the Bel Air trim was buffed, polished, or replaced during the body's restoration, and they didn't feel the need to modify or delete any of the factory pieces, so it even includes a set of gold anodized V-emblems on the nose and tail, signifying a V8 under the hood. All the stainless was removed and fully polished and both bumpers were rechromed, so all the jewelry on this car truly sparkles.
The spectacular red interior pays tribute to the original design and uses a lot of original parts (all of them fully restored, of course), but adds some significant upgrades that make it a great place to spend your time. The red ultra-leather on the seats uses vintage-looking patterns to capture a '50s vibe, but the plus seats feel quite modern when you're seated. New carpets and custom door panels were installed to match, and a lot of the shiny stuff was removed to update the look. Factory gauges were fully restored, as was the matching red steering wheel, so from behind the wheel it looks like 1957 all over again. There's a crisp-shifting 4-speed with a Hurst linkage to your right and a very discreet A/C system tucked under the dash. The trunk is properly finished with a plain rubber mat, but that's how they came in '57.
The engine is a 350 cubic inch Chevy V8, which is a natural choice for any '57 Bel Air. Dressed in finned valve covers and lots of chrome, the engine bay looks like OEM, just a little flashier. A big aluminum radiator lives up front and as you can see, all the major components are upgraded to modern equipment, including power front disc brakes and an alternator. The 4-speed gearbox channels torque back to the original rear end and the recent exhaust system has a nice purr to it that doesn't get obnoxious when you get on the throttle. The underside was clearly built to drive and includes new shocks and undercoating to control noise and heat, but nothing terribly radical. Cool Cragar alloys have a sort of retro look to them but carry thoroughly modern 225/55/17 rubber to improve the handling.
Gorgeous to look at and wonderful to drive, this is a very well-built Chevy that's ready to enjoy, all at a price well under the cost of construction. Hard to go wrong with that! Call today!
- Air Conditioning
- AM Radio
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Vinyl Interior
- Build Receipts
- Restoration Photos
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