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Ref # 273
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

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CHASSIS NO: VC57B217254

• Excellent restoration
• Finished in Chevrolet’s popular “Roman Red”
• Striking two-tone interior
• The ultimate 1950s cruiser


283 cid OHV V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle suspension, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 115”


Nothing displays the iconic 1950s louder than the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Representing the absolute pinnacle of the jet-age fin, Chevy’s styling for 1957 was clean, smooth, and nicely balanced in a design that looked great from any angle. Chevy had a car for everyone in 1957 with the 110, 210, all available in sedans, wagons, and coupes, but the top-of-the-line was represented by the Bel Air Convertible, a car that dazzled everyone who saw it.

Offered here is a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air that checks all the boxes as a 1950s cruiser. Finished in Roman Red with a two-tone interior, this Bel Air was fully restored by Jim Heckendorn in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to stock specifications in 1993 and has been meticulously cared for since. Chevrolet’s massive front bumper shines with brilliant chrome while the Chevrolet crest and emblems are gold anodized. Twin rockets in the hood tell the world that Chevrolet was reaching for the stars in 1957. The quality of its restoration is evident in the perfectly fitted convertible top that is wrinkle free. This Bel Air rides on wide whitewall tires with correct factory hubcaps. The interior is finished a two-tone red and silver and features all the fine styling attributes for which GM was known in the 1950s with bench seating, all gauges set in jet styled pods, and a panoramic wraparound windshield. The steering wheel is beautifully styled and shifting is easy thanks to column mounted shifter. In the interest of safety, this Bel Air has also been fitted with seatbelts. Power comes from Chevrolet’s 283 cubic-inch V-8 in an engine compartment that is clean and well-sorted with correct hoses, wiring, and all components correctly painted.

The 1950s saw America’s car makers build some of the best designs to ever roll out of Detroit, but none represents this era better that a Bel Air convertible. For cruising the boulevard or gracing the concours show field, this Bel Air is ready for both show and go.

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