1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible  Chassis no. VC57N151209 Engine no. F820GC

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Lot 217
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Chassis no. VC57N151209 Engine no. F820GC

US$ 75,000 - 85,000
£ 56,000 - 64,000
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Chassis no. VC57N151209
Engine no. F820GC
Chevrolet, long the nation’s most popular car, reached new heights in 1955 with fresh styling and a new engine. The ads called it ‘The Hot One’ and hot it was, especially when equipped with the Power Pack, a four-barrel carburetor setup that came with dual exhausts. Rated 180 bhp at 4,600 rpm, the 265 cubic inch overhead valve V8 was capable of 0-60 in under ten seconds, then quite a feat, and was timed at speeds to 105 mph. The public loved it, and nearly 1.7 million were sold, a record for the marque in a record year for the industry.

For 1956, the Hot One got even hotter. The optional Super Turbo Fire engine pushed compression to 9.5 to 1 and horsepower to 205, 225 with dual quads. The power-to-weight ratio was phenomenal, in part because V8s were lighter than their cheaper six-cylinder siblings.

American car designs ran in three-year cycles. Typically the third year was in dire need of freshening. The 1957 Chevy was the exception that laid waste to the rule, lowering the whole car, a combination of smaller wheels and body modifications. The nose and tail were made over with Cadillac cues, the result akin to a baby Eldorado. The V8 was enlarged to 283 cubic inches and available in six stages of tune. At the top of the chart was the Corvette V8 with 10.5 to 1 compression. Rochester fuel injection developed the magic one horsepower per cubic inch. The single four-barrel Super Turbo Fire was rated at 220 bhp. In mid year, a new Turboglide automatic transmission was introduced, augmenting the two-speed Powerglide.

In same family ownership from 1987, this 1957 Bel Air convertible was a birthday gift to the previous owner from her husband. Lovingly cared for, it has always received regular maintenance and careful treatment. The subject of a sympathetic frame-on restoration some years ago, it was brought to high driver-quality standards while retaining much evidence of originality, including dashboard paint and firewall padding. The exterior paint, although several years old, is in very nice condition. The top and boot are brand new, as is the carpeting. The floor mats are of original style, and all interior trim is either new or refinished to high quality. The seats have been recently re-padded and reupholstered.

The engine, the 220 bhp Power Pack version of Chevy’s 283 cubic inch small block V8, was disassembled and its tolerances tested. It was found to be in excellent condition such that rebuilding was not necessary. Both engine and the original Turboglide transmission were resealed and reinstalled. The power steering system and power brake booster were rebuilt, and the rest of the braking system restored for trouble-free use. The car has also had a complete front suspension rebuild, and while apart all bushings, ball joints, shock absorbers and coil springs were replaced. The car runs and drives as new, and will reward a new owner with every pleasure in motoring.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible  Chassis no. VC57N151209 Engine no. F820GC
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible  Chassis no. VC57N151209 Engine no. F820GC
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible  Chassis no. VC57N151209 Engine no. F820GC
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible  Chassis no. VC57N151209 Engine no. F820GC
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible  Chassis no. VC57N151209 Engine no. F820GC
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