1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Frame Off Restored Bel Air 283 Dual Quad V8 270 HP T10 4 Speed
Stock #
135308
Body Style
Hardtop
Engine
283 V8
Exterior Color
Onyx
Interior Color
Black & Silver
Miles
31

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$99,900
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Why Buy
  • Correct 283 Super Turbo Fire V8 / Dual 4-barrel carburetors
  • Correct Onyx Black paint
  • Freshly painted in 2011
  • Sale includes: A title history / Restoration photos / Eckler’s judging sheets / Eckler’s certificates
  • ‘60s-era Borg Warner T10 4-speed
  • Correct Black & Silver interior
  • Engine rebuilt in 2015
  • Correct rear axle / 3.42 gears
  • Body-off restoration completed in 2010
  • Eckler’s Classic Chevy Bronze, Silver and Gold winner

SUMMARY

  • Eckler’s Classic Chevy Bronze, Silver and Gold winner
  • Body-off restoration completed in 2010
  • Freshly painted in 2011
  • Engine rebuilt in 2015
  • Correct 283 Super Turbo Fire V8 / Dual 4-barrel carburetors
  • Correct rear axle / 3.42 gears
  • Correct Onyx Black paint
  • Correct Black & Silver interior
  • Sale includes: A title history / Restoration photos / Eckler’s judging sheets / Eckler’s certificates
  • ‘60s-era Borg Warner T10 4-speed

Chevrolet’s storied Bel Air is in pretty elite company when it comes to automotive significance. In fact, the ‘tri-five’ era produced some of the most admired classics on the planet, with pristine, well-restored examples holding five and six digit value exceptionally well. With its classy aesthetics and hot 283/4-speed drivetrain, this clean coupe is the kind of well-done cruiser that perpetuates vintage appeal. And if you’re in the market for some fully sorted metal that’s good on the street and impressive at the show, you’ve found your next head turner!

BODYWORK/TRIM

Delightfully vintage and decidedly fresh, this slick Bel Air is proof that Chevrolet’s decision to take a curvaceous fuselage, weld it to a sweeping roofline and decorate it with ample chrome was an excellent idea. Unlike the exaggerated designs of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, the car’s proportions are spot-on, there’s appropriate use of trim, and the sharp rear fins that would eventually grow to controversial wings are fully integrated into attractive, planar surfaces. In 2010, this coupe’s solid body, which had previously benefitted from fresh floors and new quarters, was separated from its now completely restored frame. In 2011, a correct coat of Onyx Black 2-stage highlighted new glass and vibrant trim. And today, this Chevy rolls as one fantastic bowtie that pretty much creates a 1-car parade wherever it goes!

ENGINE

In the late ‘50s, Chevrolet’s 283 cubic inch Super Turbo Fire V8 was a common choice for factory GM performance. With an advertised 220 horsepower, it’s an impressive piece even in today’s world of 300 horsepower grocery getters. And when optioned with an aluminum intake and two Carter 4-barrels, like this drop-top’s “EB” stamped mill, it hit the pavement 270 horses strong! At the top of the bright orange mill, a correct oil bath air cleaner funnels wind in to the aforementioned carbs and intake. At the base of that intake, correct 997 heads hang stamped and silver-detailed valve covers over a correct Duntov cam. At the back of those heads, a dual-point centrifugal throw distributor shoots fire through loomed plug wires. Once those fires have been lit, a tagged radiator circulates coolant through pliable hoses and authentic squeeze clamps. Once that air and fuel is torched, Ram’s Horn exhaust manifolds whisk spent gases in to big, true-dual pipes. Once combustion is created, new V-belts spin a tagged Delco-Remy generator opposite a tagged Delco yellow cap battery. And, since this small block was thoroughly rebuilt in 2015, everything in the car’s monochromatic engine bay is complete, clean and well sorted.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Under this slick Bel Air, a straight, Satin Black frame rides a plethora of clean suspension parts. Above that sturdy chassis, a tough layer of undercoating protects solid floorpans. Behind the engine, a ‘60s-era Borg Warner twists torque to a correct, posi-traction rear end that’s fitted with moderate, 3.42 gears. A manual steering rack provides vintage turning characteristics. Confident stops come courtesy of manual drum brakes. At the center of the floor, a 2.5-inch, true-dual exhaust system pipes spent gases through deep-sounding turbo mufflers. And power meets the pavement thanks to 14-inch steelies, which spin old-fashioned 8.00-14 BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls around ornate spinner hubcaps.

INTERIOR

Featuring a stunning array of black and silver accents, this tri-five’s factory-correct interior is both clean and impressive. At the center of the car, silver-detailed seats wear a striking combination of cloth and vinyl skin. At the front of those seats, a stainless-trimmed dash hangs clear, factory-spec gauges over a standard radio and optional tissue box. At the floor, fresh carpet frames a familiar Hurst shifter. On the doors, two-tone panels, which almost look custom, hang chrome handles, stainless trim and simple armrests below glossy toppers. And the driver stays connected to the road through an ornate, large-diameter steering wheel.

AWARDS

Naturally, this desirable Chevy has a pretty extensive show history. Our sale includes the following notable awards.

  • Bronze Certificate for the Trailered Contemporary class at Eckler’s Music City Chevy Show
  • — Awarded in of July of 2010
  • — Earned 890 out of 1000 points
  • Silver Certificate for the Trailered Contemporary class at Eckler’s 36th Annual International
  • — Awarded in of June of 2011
  • — Earned 935 out of 1000 points
  • Gold Certificate for the Trailered Contemporary class at Eckler’s Music City Chevy Show
  • — Awarded in of July of 2012
  • — Earned 963 out of 1000 points

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

  • An original Owner’s Guide
  • A photo of the car from 1957
  • A title history that dates to 1978
  • Restoration photos
  • Judging sheets for the car’s Eckler’s Gold Certificate

Cars like this timeless Bel Air represent incredible value to potential buyers. With its hot drivetrain, quality restoration and desirable aesthetics, THIS is the kind of classic that, when properly maintained, can create serious equity. If you’re in the market for a well-executed copy of America’s most iconic automobile, don’t miss your chance to own this killer ’57 Chevy!

Basic

Year
1957
Make
Chevrolet
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Bel Air
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Classic
Mileage
31

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
283 V8
Engine Number
3731548
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
92/93 Octane
Fuel Delivery System Type
Dual 4 Barrel
Transmission Type
4 Speed Manual
Transmission Spec
Borg Warner T10
Transmission Number
T10

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM Radio
Battery Location
RH Engine Compartment
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
No
Air Conditioning
No

Interior

Interior Color
Black & Silver
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Vinyl Cloth
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
No

Body

Body Style
Hardtop
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Onyx
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
Leaf Spring
Axle Specification
GM 8.2" Drop out
Front Wheel Specification
14"
Rear Wheel Specification
14"
Front Tire Specification
8.00-14
Rear Tire Specification
8.00-14
Front Brakes Specification
Drum
Rear Brakes Specification
Drum
Spare
Full Size
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
Factory Replacement

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
  • Bronze Certificate.
  • — Trailered Contemporary class.
  • — Eckler’s Music City Chevy Show.
  • — July of 2010.
  • — 890 out of 1000 points.
  • Silver Certificate.
  • — Trailered Contemporary class.
  • — Eckler’s 36th Annual International.
  • — June of 2011.
  • — 935 out of 1000 points.
  • Gold Certificate.
  • — Trailered Contemporary class.
  • — Eckler’s Music City Chevy Show.
  • — July of 2012.
  • — 963 out of 1000 points.
Historical Documents Summary
* Original Owner's Guide. * 1957 photo. * Title history (dates to 1978). * Restoration photos. * Eckler's judging sheets.

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