1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
Classic Car Overview
Redesigned for 1957 the upscale Bel Air Sports Coupe was an instant smash hit and was the “bowtie” brand’s number one selling model accounting for over 10% of total Chevrolet production. The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Airs’ owed nothing to the previous year with its sculpted front fenders, distinctive chrome headlights and wide-look front grille. The now famous ’57 Chevrolet tailfins were designed to duplicate the new wide-look in the rear and include the V-shaped trim filled with a ribbed aluminum insert exclusive to the Bel Air. Bel Air models also stood apart with their anodized gold trim that included the “Chevrolet” script hood and trunk emblems as well as the fender chevrons. This Imperial Ivory Bel Air is in superb condition and is a great representation of the “one-year-only” body style. The recipient of a recent frame-off restoration, every inch of the full-size Chevrolet has been lovingly refinished. The laser-straight body work accentuates the gleaming chrome molding and trim which is all complete. Also, the terrific spinner hubcaps look just right with the wide white-wall tires. Under the hood is the date-correct Chevrolet 283 cubic-inch V8 with the optional “Super-Turbo-Fire” four-barrel carburetor producing a stout 220 horsepower and is connected to the reliable two-speed “Powerglide” automatic transmission. The Bel Air cruises down the road effortlessly with its optional power steering and smooth riding full-frame design. The high-quality restoration can be seen everywhere – even the undercarriage of the Chevrolet looks like new and is fully detailed with all the correct parts and finishes. Inside the Bel Air is a redesigned for 1957 dashboard, finely detailed with end-to end chrome trim that complement the curvaceous interior cabin. Originally equipped from the factory with rarely ordered air conditioning, this Bel Air has been upgraded with a Vintage Air system for those hot summer days. A 1957 Bel Air is a unique find, especially one this nice. With summer in full-swing, don’t miss your chance to own this exceptional full-size Chevrolet gem!
Stock Number: HC4040
Miles: 13,942 miles showing on the odometer (this vehicle will be sold as mileage EXEMPT)
Engine: Date correct 283 CID V8
Engine Block Number: 3731548 (1957 only, 283 CI)
Engine Casting Date: F 27 7 (June 7, 1957)
Engine Stamp Pad: F628FC (Flint, MI – June 28 – 283 with Powerglide & 4-barrel carburetor)
Transmission: 2-Speed Powerglide Automatic - E286 (May 28, 1956)
Rear Axle: C47 (March 4, 1957)
Trim Tag Info: Build date (July 5, 1957 Atlanta, GA) Paint Code 794 (Imperial Ivory) Trim Code 676 (Red Vinyl w/ Black & Red Pattern Cloth) AC (Factory Air Conditioning)
Equipment: 283 Small Block Chevrolet V8, Factory Valve Covers and Air Cleaner, Two-Speed Powerglide Automatic Transmission, Power Steering, Dual Exhaust, Continental Kit Rear Bumper Mounted Spare Tire, Vintage Air A/C System, Two-Tone Cloth and Vinyl Upholstery, Bench Front Seating, Dual Exterior Rearview Mirrors, Rear Wheel Fender Skirts, AM/FM Cassette Stereo, Dual Antennas, Full Size Wheel Covers with Spinners, White Wall Tires, Interstate Battery with Quick-Disconnect
Items Included with the Car: Keys
Condition Code: (2) * (see condition code chart for explanation of category codes 1-5)
Warranty: This vehicle is being sold AS-IS
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Classic Car ID101026368
The Term “Numbers Matching” used in our descriptions refers to an engine that has an: engine block casting number and date, engine assembly date and suffix code, and engine VIN/serial number that are present in a manner that is consistent with build sequence of the described vehicle. Numbers Matching does not promise or guarantee originality of the engine. Conditions of Sale: This vehicle is represented as accurately as possible and to the best of our knowledge at the time of listing. Content for window sticker is based on inspection, research, or information provided from previous owners. It is the customer’s sole responsibility to verify the accuracy of any claims to originality, history, equipment, or other information provided. Hendrick Motorsports Performance Group is not responsible for misprints in content or pricing. All vehicles are sold AS IS unless otherwise noted. Hendrick Motorsports Performance Group reserves the right to change pricing without notice at any time. Pricing does not include any state tax, tag, title, and registration fees, or dealer fees ($399 dealer administrative fee will also be charged on each transaction). *Condition Code Chart: 1. Excellent: Show car, freshly restored to like-new or better condition, also could be a very low-mileage excellent condition survivor or late-model vehicle 2. Great: Older frame-off or very nice frame-on restoration, could be a low-mileage great condition survivor or late-model vehicle, the nicest condition car most people would feel comfortable driving to shows or for special occasions 3. Good: Driver quality, at first glance a car that appears to be in great condition, a closer inspection will reveal minor flaws in the paint and interior, the undercarriage and engine bay normally looks unrestored. These cars are mechanically sound, fully functional, and are normally enjoyed on the weekends and for special occasions in good weather. 4. Fair: A car that starts up and runs but is in need some mechanical and cosmetic work in order to be enjoyed on a regular basis 5. Poor: Restoration project, a car that needs to be totally restored
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