<b>1957 Chevrolet BEL AIR 'FUEL INJECTED' CONVERTIBLE</b><br />Chassis no. VC57S302368<br />Engine no. F820FJ
Lot 154
1957 Chevrolet BEL AIR 'FUEL INJECTED' CONVERTIBLE
US$ 75,000 - 100,000
£57,000 - 76,000

Lot Details
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1957 Chevrolet BEL AIR 'FUEL INJECTED' CONVERTIBLE
Chassis no. VC57S302368
Engine no. F820FJ

283ci OHV V8 Engine
Rochester Mechanical Fuel Injection
283bhp at 6,200rpm
2-Speed Powerglide Automatic Transmission
Independent Front and Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Rear Suspension with Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Power-Assisted Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*Very well optioned example
*Powered by the highly desirable "Fuelie" V8
*Chevy's top-of-the-line convertible
*The perfect car for a drive-in movie


THE BEL AIR

When Chevrolet introduced "The Hot One," its new small block V8 engine for 1955, few realized that within three years it would achieve the Holy Grail of one brake horsepower per cubic inch. More remarkable was the fact that it was offered by one of the "low-priced three." But that's exactly what happened, with a displacement increase to 283 cubic inches, 10.5 to 1 compression, solid lifters and Rochester fuel injection. Often forgotten, however, is the fact that there were four "lesser" 283s in 1957 that developed in excess of 200 bhp. One of these was fuel-injected, with lower compression and hydraulic lifters, another, rated at 220 bhp, used a single four barrel. Accompanying them were two dual quad engines, both with 9.5 to 1 compression, a 245 bhp unit with hydraulic tappets and a 270 bhp version using solids.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Assembled just in Saint Louis, Missouri, this Matador Red over Imperial Ivory and Red Vinyl with Silver Vinyl pattern inserts and a white top Bel Air is about as well optioned as they come. Power options are handsomely represented with power top, steering, brakes, and Powerglide automatic while a tissue dispenser, polished spinner wheel covers, single-piece "California" bumper, tinted glass, and other accessories round out the comfort to be found in the cabin. Under the hood, of course, sits the most highly desirable motor—ranged topping, fuel injected "283/283hp".

This example spent a number of years in the collection of BASF Corporation where it was used to demonstrate the company's automotive finishes. Resprayed its original colors, the high quality paint job has mellowed with age and shows a few imperfections but the excellence of the last repaint is apparent in how well it has held up over the years. The interior is believed to be original but show well. The 9,682 miles on the clock are believed to be the mileage covered since the car was last restored by BASF.

Its iconic appearance and exciting options make this car the perfect candidate for a 50s collector; all these characteristics assure that it will continue to bring pride of ownership to its lucky new caretaker.
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