ORIGINAL SHEET METAL CAR, CORRECT 1957 283 POWER PACK MOTOR, NICELY RESTORED
If you're wondering what a 1957 Chevrolet 210 Del Ray might be, it's a handsome mid-level 210 with an upgraded interior, called, of course, the Del Ray. This lovely 2-door is a wonderful study in contrasts and if you're a fan of the slightly unusual, then this '57 definitely warrants further attention.
Most importantly, the color combination of Adobe Beige over Sierra Gold is not only insanely attractive, but this car's original combination. It's subtle and very tasteful and in a sea of red and blue Bel Airs, this handsome car will most certainly stand out. More remarkably, this pretty car wears all its original sheetmetal and nothing was patched, cut, or replaced during the restoration. Obviously those guys knew what they were doing, because the results are simply spectacular. Great gaps, shiny paint, and excellent trim alignment mean that the car looks at least as good as it did when it was new. The 210s received the same bright trim as the Bel Air, although the quarter panel insert was painted to match the upper body color rather than fitted with aluminum inserts, and I think I like this look better. Maybe it's just the color combination, but this car gets people's attention every time they see it. And yes, all the chrome has been restored to the same high standards, so it glitters like jewelry against the low-key paint.
The Del Ray interior is a special place to be. Two-tone upholstery is a bit different than the usual '57 fare and it looks quite upscale overall. The colors complement the bodywork perfectly and the materials and patterns are very authentic. A beautiful steering wheel frames the original gauges which show bright markings and vivid orange needles. Accessories include a heater and AM radio, all of which are correct for 1957, and the 3-speed manual transmission with overdrive makes this very pleasant on the road. Heck, there are even color-matched floor mats and fuzzy dice! Seat belts were added for safety, but otherwise it's very much the way it would have been moments after rolling out of the showroom in 1957. The trunk is outfitted with a correct mat, reproduction decals, and a full-sized bias-ply spare tire with jack assembly.
Although this car was originally fitted with a six, a correct 283 cubic inch V8 was dropped in during the restoration. It's highly correct thanks to the work of '57 Chevy expert Larry Igo, so all the factory inspection marks and colors were faithfully reproduced. There's nothing under the hood that wouldn't have been there in '57, and it will take someone checking numbers to determine this car wasn't delivered with a V8. It's got a Power Pack 4-barrel and dual exhaust system so it's a joy to drive, particularly with that overdrive transmission, and you can bet that every inch of the undercarriage was detailed just as well. Red oxide primer on the floors is correct and even the rear end was correctly finished with an unpainted center section. Despite being restored in the mid-80s, expert care and light use have preserved this car at an amazing level. Even the tires are correct 7.50-14 wide whites on painted steel wheels, which are offered without trim rings (they were not included on the 210s).
This car is highly accurate and just far enough outside the mainstream to attract real attention. If you like the colors, we guarantee you're going to love the car. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Bias Ply Tires
- Vinyl Interior
- Owner's Manual
- Exterior Color
- Sierra Gold/Adobe Biege
- Interior Color
- Sierra Gold/Adobe Biege
- Front Suspension
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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