TURNKEY HARDTOP, VORTEC 350 V8, 700R4, LONGTUBES/DUALS, PWR FRNT DISC/STEER, A/C
Here's the short version: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop. Nice older restoration with 350 cubic inch V8 and overdrive transmission. Bright Matador Red paint with white top. Several upgrades to make it easy and fun to drive. Get in and have fun!
The long version is pretty much the same story: a really nice 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that was restored to cruise. The world's most popular collector car always looks right in Matador Red, which is probably the quintessential '57 Chevy color; when you close your eyes and picture a '57, isn't this how it always looks? The white top certainly doesn't hurt, either. And despite the restoration being a few years old, the car looks fantastic and provides the kind of worry-free motoring that will make it a favorite cruiser. There are a few signs of use here and there, but the quality of the work was quite good and it's obviously been loved and properly maintained since it was completed. There's a nice shine to the paint, the doors and hood fit well, and all the bright Bel Air trim lines up neatly. The unique anodized panels that define the Bel Air look great and someone obviously invested pretty heavily in the chrome, because it still looks quite good.
A sporty black and red interior isn't quite the way the factory would have done it, but it definitely looks period-correct. Black and red vinyl with vertical pleats are a traditional '50s look and matching black carpets offset all the red that is everywhere else. Beautiful door panels look sporty and tie the design together while the bright instruments in the color-matched dashboard look great and you'll note the shift indicator has a few extra gears. A Retro Radio AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit lives in the center of the dash, neatly replacing the original AM unit in a way that doesn't draw attention. There's also a very subtle A/C system tucked under the dash and it remains fully functional thanks to modern hardware under the hood. The seating surfaces and carpets sure don't look like they've seen much use, again indicative of quality workmanship and materials. The trunk is fully carpeted and shows a pair of oversized wheel tubs for the big rubber, and it's all in fine condition as well.
You shouldn't be surprised to see a 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood of this '57, and with several smart upgrades, it's a fantastic driver. An Edelbrock intake and 4-barrel carburetor give this small block the Power Pack punch that most owners added anyway, and the detailing is extremely good throughout. Chrome dress-up pieces and some polished aluminum make it look up-to-date, while drivability upgrades like the modern dual master cylinder, an aluminum radiator, and a modern alternator make it quite road-worthy. The original 2-speed PowerGlide automatic was ditched in favor of a 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission, which delivers great performance and reasonable economy. Long-tube headers and stock-style mufflers give it a traditional '50s sound and while the underside shows signs of use over the years, you also know it's sorted out and ready to enjoy. You can see why those big wheel tubs were needed: 17-inch Torque Thrust wheels with 215/60/17 front and giant 255/60/17 rear Michelin radials.
The long and short of this car is that a bright red '57 Bel Air hardtop will never go out of fashion. If you've longed for one, now might be your best chance to own the dream. Call today!
- AM/FM Radio
- Cassette Player
- Air Conditioning
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Seatbelts (Front)
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Black and Red
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Drum
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