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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Worlds Finest Bel Air Convertible Pro Touring LS2
Stock #
134306
Body Style
Convertible
Engine
LS2 V8
Exterior Color
Red
Interior Color
Tan
Miles
525

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  • 6.0 liter LS2 V8 that makes 400 horsepower
  • Power rack and pinion steering
  • Haartz cloth top
  • $165K build
  • 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Four wheel disc brakes
  • Custom interior
  • Modified suspension
  • 17 inch Boyd Coddington wheels
  • Vintage Air conditioning

With ‘57 Chevy convertibles being six-figure collectables in factory-correct condition, it takes a very special guy to pull the gloves off and build what may very well be the world’s nicest Bel Air resto-mod. But, as you’ll see, the results are definitely worth the $165K it required to finish this amazing car, as few tri-fives possess its combination of sheer performance and classic style. Ready for a no-compromises build that combines everything great about the ‘57 Bel Air with technology that’s more akin to a modern Corvette? Here it is!

You’ll have a hard time finding a ‘57 Chevy that’s straighter than this one. Once the obligations of a “correct” restoration are removed, you’d be amazed what a good body man can do to vintage sheet metal, and this car is proof. Its panels, including those unique doors and quarters, are amazingly flat, without a single ripple or wave to be seen. Fit and finish is excellent; just look at the way the hood fits and how tight the gaps truly are. And then there’s the paint, which is two-stage urethane that’s been wet-sanded and buffed to a spectacular shine beyond anything that you’re likely to see on any AACA show field.

‘57 Chevys were renowned for their brilliant use of chrome and bright metal trim, and one look at this convertible tells you all you need to know about how to do it right. From the distinctive anodized aluminum inserts in its quarters to the gently curving stainless that begins just behind its headlights, this car is exceptionally well executed and superbly finished. All of that trim has been professionally returned to show standards. And every factory piece remains intact and in place.

Back in 1957, Chevrolet’s top motor was the fuel-injected 283, but today this Bel Air packs a modern-tech LS2 cribbed from a C6 Corvette. With 6.0 liters of displacement and a solid 400 horsepower, it’s a lot more motor than Chevy engineers ever envisioned in a workaday Chevrolet. Nevertheless, the mill is a neat fit, and putting a small block Chevy in your classic Chevy is never a bad idea. Naturally, this LS block retains all of its Corvette accessories, including a modern alternator, power steering, power brakes and Vintage Air conditioning, so it drives and feels like a new car. All the metal pieces took a trip under the polishing wheel before being installed. And the Corvette’s plastic coil covers were treated to a brilliant coat of bright red paint. Up front, there’s a massive aluminum radiator that’s fitted with electric fans and a custom fan shroud that neatly dodges a conical air cleaner. Custom inner fenders were fabricated to hide wiring and plumbing, yet still provide unrestricted access for service. Designed to be on display, there’s not a single component in the entire engine compartment that wasn’t massaged, polished, painted, or modified. And the many hours it took to create this under-hood showcase were definitely well spent.

Backing that slick LS2 up is a 4L60E 4-speed automatic that was designed to work in conjunction with the car’s engine management software to provide seamless performance. Out back, an original Chevy rear end hangs on re-arched leaf springs that give the car a slightly lower stance. The front suspension is augmented by tubular control arms and a new rack-and-pinion steering rack. Spectacular red and black paint contrasts the car’s over-restored floors with its glossy frame. As expected, there’s a bright stainless exhaust system. And no respectable resto-mod is going to go cruising with that many horses and ordinary brakes, so this ‘57 wears vented and cross-drilled discs at every corner. Choosing the right wheel for your custom is always difficult, but I think you’ll agree this builder nailed it with a set of 17-inch Boyd Coddington billet aluminum hoops that spin 225/55/17 Premium Radials.

Inside this Chevy, a custom, cost-no-object interior has been stitched out of fine leather hides. Both front and rear seats wear lovely new covers that feature custom stitching and seams that line up almost perfectly. New door panels were created to match, but use correct trim and handles to tie everything together. The original gauges have been replaced by Classic Instruments units that perfectly complement their leather surroundings. The car’s classy dash was restored to new condition, and tan leather was wrapped around the rim of its custom billet steering wheel. Naturally, the aforementioned Vintage Air conditioning system, which was neatly integrated into the original dash, features discreet vents. An AM/FM/cassette player feeds speakers hidden throughout the interior. Overhead, a tan Haartz top has been sewn around a glass rear window and, when folded, fits neatly under a matching tan boot. And finally, the car’s trunk has been upholstered to match its cockpit, with a large Chevrolet emblem complementing matching side pockets.

This awesome tri-five’s sale includes a small stack of restoration receipts and a large display board.

With merely shakedown miles since it was completed, this is exactly the kind of car that ends up on the covers of magazines and taking home the big awards at shows. Professionally built, no corners have been cut and the restoration work is absolutely first-rate. With an initial construction cost of over $165K, this Bel Air obviously represents the best of everything, and it all works as it should. Take this Chevy for a drive, or trailer it to shows, and watch the crowds form. Everyone loves the ‘57s, but some cars are a lot nicer than others. If you’ve been looking for the ultimate tri-five to enjoy for years to come, you just found it!

Basic

Year
1957
Make
Chevrolet
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Bel Air
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Resto-Mod
Mileage
525

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
LS2 V8
Engine Number
n/a
Heads
n/a
Fuel Specification
n/a
Fuel Delivery System Type
Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission Type
4 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
4L60E
Transmission Number
n/a

Misc

Entertainment System Type
n/a
Battery Location
n/a
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
n/a
Power Steering
No
Air Conditioning
No

Interior

Interior Color
Tan
Seating Type
Bench
Seat Material
Ultraleather
Shifter Type
Column
Center Console
No

Body

Body Style
Convertible
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Red
Paint Type
n/a
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
n/a
Rear Suspension Type
n/a
Axle Specification
n/a
Front Wheel Specification
n/a
Rear Wheel Specification
n/a
Front Tire Specification
n/a
Rear Tire Specification
n/a
Front Brakes Specification
n/a
Rear Brakes Specification
n/a
Spare
n/a
Exhaust Type
n/a
Muffler Type
n/a

History

Restoration Status
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Mileage Since Restoration
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Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
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