1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe 2 Door Hardtop  Chassis no. VC570132208
Lot 340
Built by So-Cal Speed Shop at a cost of over $200,000,1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe Hot Rod "Temptation, the Wicked Lady" Chassis no. VC570132208
US$ 75,000 - 125,000
£45,000 - 74,000
Lot Details
Built by So-Cal Speed Shop at a cost of over $200,000
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe Hot Rod "Temptation, the Wicked Lady"
Chassis no. VC570132208
What can be said about the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that hasn't been said already? As the quintessential 1950s American car, it's among the most popular collectible automobiles ever. And with over 1.5 million built for the model year, they were ubiquitous when new.

There were plenty of things that the 1957 Chevrolet had going for it: Deft facelift of the 1955-56 body with new shark-like fins, upgraded 283 motor, and the option of fuel injection, among others. Being plentiful and having the world's most popular motor – the Chevy small block – made it a very attractive car in the secondary market, and this tradition continues to this day.

This Los Angeles-bred Bel Air led a life typical of Chevrolets of the era until, in it ended up in Oregon in the 1980s. Eventually, in 2004, she fell into the hands of a loving member of the hobby who had bigger and better plans for it. In 2007, after 26 weeks of solitary confinement, she emerged from So-Cal Speed Shop Northwest completely revitalized and with a new name: Temptation, the Wicked Lady.

So what makes this lady so wicked? Start with a Magnetic Red Magenta Metallic three-stage paint for starters. Then add a ZZ4 V-8 making 355 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque, Corvette aluminum heads, Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, AFB four-barrel manifold, and Hedman headers. Tie it all to a Hurst-shifted ZF six-speed transmission, then route all that power to a Ford nine-inch limited-slip rear with 3.50 gears and you have yourself the making of a very sweet hot rod. But wait! There's more: Wildwood four-wheel disc brakes, and 17/18-inch front/rear Race Line GT polished aluminum wheels. Want more?

How about tasteful use of carbon fiber accents outside and inside, luxurious black leather and suede interior, AutoNik headlights, 1947 Ford parking lights, 1957 Nomad rear bumper, and customized Sandlin grille and hood scoops? There's so much more, but you get the idea. With less than 900 miles since its new debut, it's ready for you to show the world why Chevrolet is USA-1.
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