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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.
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Gateway Classic Cars of Tampa is proud to offer this Hunter Blue 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. This sharp 57 Chevy is ready to fill your garage with show trophies or even be cruised down the highway. This 1957 Bel Air is complete and will fire right up with a simple turn of the key. Hunter blue with two tone blue and black cloth interior is styled to be period correct. The blue exterior stands out with golden accents on the front fenders and the grille. This 57 is powered by a 283 V8 engine and a turbo-glide 3 speed manual transmission. This car comes with a period correct 3 on the tree shifting system. Brand new about 60 years ago this car had a sale price of $3,116.63 after tax! Upgrades from the factory included the transmission, Deluxe Heater, White wall tires, manual radio, back-up lights, bumper guards for the front and rear, electric covers, wheel spinners, door edge guard, and even body still molding. This car has been upgraded with power steering for a more enjoyable drive. The last owner of this car had it for almost 30 years and the quality shows. In 1957, Chevrolet started to add safety features such as crash proof door locks (first added in 1956), padded dash boards, safety-styled steering wheel with a recessed hub (though not as much as Fords), seat belts(also first in 1956) and shoulder harnesses. However, unlike Ford, Chevrolet did not promote these safety features heavily. 1957 was also Chevrolets first offering of a turbine transmission, known as the Turboglide. It was a design concept that Buick had developed with their Dynaflow transmission. However, due to a reliability reputation caused by its complexity, most automatic transmission buyers shunned the Turboglide in favor of the two-speed Powerglide that had been offered since 1950. At the time the Turboglide casing was the largest cast aluminum component ever put into mass production, but it never recovered from the reputation in 1957 and the option was discontinued in 1961. Manual transmissions were limited to three-speed, column shifted units (with synchromesh in second and third gear only). The Powerglides shifter went P N D L R while the Turboglides was P R N D Hr (although the Hr was changed early in the production series to Gr-Grade Retarder because of drivers mistaken belief that Hr meant High Range instead of the correct Hill Retarder.) An overdrive unit was available as an option on the three speed manually shifted transmission cars. Starting at the end of May 1957, a four speed manual transmission was also offered at an over-the-counter price of $188.00 but no installation kit (shifter and linkage) was ever offered by Chevrolet and, while an owner may have jury-rigged an installation in their own car, there is no evidence that any dealer ever actually installed the transmission in any car in 1957. A 57 equipped with this transmission mated to the 270 horsepower engine and limited slip differential was the one to beat on the drag strip and street into the early 1960s. This Hunter blue 57 Bel Air is a piece of Chevrolet history and would be a great addition to any collection. This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is up for sale in our Tampa Showroom and can be viewed in greater detail including 100+ HD pictures and an HD video at www.GatewayClassicCars.com. For additional information, please call our knowledgeable staff at (813)645-6200 or email us at Tampa@GatewayClassicCars.com. If you would like to see it in person, come to our Tampa Showroom, located at 351 30th Street NE Ruskin, FL 33570. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM EST See more at: http://www.gatewayclassiccars.com/TPA/1311
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283 CID V8
3 Speed Manual
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