CHASSIS NO: VC57J272845
• Highly desirable date code correct fuel injection
• Well-optioned with power top, power steering, power brakes and power seat
• Professional restoration by Car Connection of Waco, Texas
• One of the most iconic American cars ever produced
Fuel-injected 283 cid V8 engine, 250 HP, Powerglide automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, power-assisted drum brakes; wheelbase: 115”
Throughout its long history, GM’s Chevrolet Division produced some of the most popular automobiles ever conceived. Of all, Chevy’s wildly successful 1955-1957 models rank at the top of the list. In particular, the top-level 1957 Bel Air models stand out to many enthusiasts as the ultimate expression of the concept. Chevrolet Chief Engineer, Ed Cole, mandated a series of changes for the 1957 model year that resulted in one of the most iconic American car designs of all time. It didn’t take long before consumers recognized the superiority of the 1957 Chevy, and it was soon described as “the most popular new and used car of all time.” Its iconic appearance in nostalgic movies, such as American Graffiti, along with the long running magazine series in Popular Hot-Rodding dubbed, “Project-X” cemented the ’57’s cult car status. Of all the changes mandated by Cole, perhaps none was more mechanically significant than the continued development of the small block Chevrolet V8 from the dull 265 cubic inches into the legendary high-winding Powerpack 283. Contemporary advertising dubbed them as “The Hot Ones.” Many remember opening the hood and proudly pointing to the four-barrel carburetor, and “camel hump” high-compression heads. With 250 ponies on tap, it has plenty of “go” to back up its good looks.
Every aspect of this 1957 'Fuelie' Convertible showcases American ingenuity, design excellence, vast speed, and restoration craftsmanship. Taking place at Car Connection of Waco, Texas, the original body panels were restored back to factory-correct appearance. The body is finished in a gloss black, which is only a friend to laser straight body panels such as this, and with just enough chrome and those three-bar spinner wheel covers, this ’57 has that classic stance that screams business, and it is certainly ready to roll. The wide egg-crate grille comes in gold color finish with the legendary tail fins getting V-shaped trim filled with ribbed aluminum inserts exclusive to the Bel Air. Other trim items rendered in anodized gold are the front fender chevrons, hood, and trunk script.
Packing a serious American punch, this Bel Air comes with a fuel-injected 283/250 horsepower engine, making it the first fuel injection V8 available in an American standard production passenger car. Its simplistic engine compartment is nicely presented in both construction and condition. The Powerglide automatic transmission easily allows for the driver to shift it into drive and lay down rear wheel rubber when all 250 horsepower is needed. Creature comforts can be found all over with power steering, power brakes, power windows and power seat.
Top up or down this ’57 Chevy convertible is stunning from every angle, but many will opt for the top down as it puts the interior on full display. Step inside, and dive into the deep red and silver seats, with tons of legroom and great visibility. Attached to the dash is a Wonderbar radio and an electric clock. The bright red dash panels, black carpet, and two-tone door panels are all in excellent condition, radiating a clean fifties vibe.
Frankly, no American car collection is complete without a ’57 Chevy 'Fuelie' convertible such as this one. This example epitomizes the fifties-era of motoring and will serve as an icon for many generations to come. As the vintage automobile market continues to prove itself a worthy investment, the 1957 Bel Airs will always be a favorite. Powered by a fuel-injected Chevrolet 283 V8 backed by the smooth shifting Powerglide automatic transmission, this black beauty is a pleasure to drive and turns heads everywhere it goes. It is well optioned, expertly restored and capable of delighting the most particular collector.