CHASSIS NO: VB57J208899
• 1 of only 10 factory “Fuelie” 210 four-door hardtops
• Authentically restored
• Rare 210 pillarless hardtop “Sport Sedan” model
• Highly desirable early performance sedan
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283 cid OHV V-8 engine, Rochester mechanical fuel injection, 283 HP at 6,200 rpm, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, independent front and semi-elliptic leaf spring rear suspension with live rear axle, four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes
Chevrolet described its new 1957 models as “Sweet, Smooth, and Sassy! Going places in a glamorous new way.” The ad copy went on to say, “goes ’em all one better—with exciting new looks . . . zippy new power . . . luxurious new interiors.” The “zippy new power” was perhaps the biggest news in the form of a larger-displacement 283-cubic-inch V-8 engine in six variations, offering anywhere from 185- to 283-horsepower and available in any Chevrolet. Variations included traditional two- and four-barrel carbureted versions, dual four-barrel systems with either hydraulic or solid valve lifters, and a first-ever fuel-injected version.
While effectively using the same car underneath as the 1955 and 1956 models, styling was updated with a new look, front, and rear. Hoods were decorated with windsplit ornaments in place of a traditional single ornament, and “Dagmar” bumper guards mimicked those on pricey Cadillacs. At the rear were true tailfins—the only vertical tailfin to appear on a Chevrolet. The public took notice, as total model year production reached 1,515,177 units, of which 702,220 were Bel Air models, including 47,562 convertibles. Despite being America’s low-price leader, nearly half of all Chevrolets sold were top-of-the-line models. Interestingly, only 18,206 mid-range 210 pillarless four-door “Hardtop Sport Sedan” models like this car were produced, representing a mere 1.16 percent of total 1957 Chevrolet car production.
A 210 Hardtop Sport Sedan in its most basic form is an unusual sight today, but making this car exceedingly rare, according to its owner, is the fact that it is one of only ten 1957 210 Hardtop Sport Sedans that came equipped with optional fuel injection from the factory. The vast majority of cars ordered with this expensive option were installed in flashy Bel Air models, and a few 210 two-door sedans. Chevrolet proudly proclaimed its Rochester Ramjet fuel injection as the “most far-reaching engine improvement in the entire industry.” Noted by the crossed flags emblem on the front fenders, the high-priced option vastly improved engine performance and any factory “Fuelie” cars are highly sought-after by collectors today.
This rare factory-built, fuel-injected example was delivered new to Cold Spring, Missouri. It features a period-correct, 250-horsepower 283-cubic-inch engine topped with correct 997 cylinder heads, backed by a Powerglide transmission (the car’s original owner replaced the TurboGlide at the dealership). Subject to a recent frame-on restoration, every effort was made to make sure everything under the hood was correct and authentic on this rare car. To that end, the engine has the correct deep-groove pulleys, rebuilt vacuum wiper motor with the correct reproduction Electro-Vac switch, metal firewall clip to secure electric choke (fuel injection cars only), reproduction wiring harness/connector for the air meter (the original harness was frayed but was carefully removed and comes with the car), reproduction air intake hose bracket attached to driver’s side radiator support, rebuilt Electro-Vac (with Trico string tag) affixed by correct clutch head screws to the radiator support, original to car passenger-side exhaust manifold with no choke tube hole drilled (fuel-injection cars only), original 3/8” fuel line, original air cleaner with reproduction 4” flex air hose, original rebuilt fuel filter, long-screw fuel pump and original 906 distributor. Additionally, the interior was authentically restored using a high-quality, CARS period-correct upholstery. Seldom seen, this show-stopping, fuel-injected black beauty would be an exciting addition to any garage. Its uniqueness and rarity will guarantee you'll have the only one at the car show.