1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Car for sale by RM Auctions Inc in Auburn, Indiana 46706
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
- Presented in its original color of Surf Green
- Equipped with 283 cu. in. V-8; upgraded with dual four-barrel carbs
- Photo-documented restoration
- The quintessential 50s American convertible
Getting on for 70 years, the Chevrolet Bel Air remains one of the most remarkable executions of pure automotive design. This level of style arguably reaches its peak with the second generation from 1955 1957. In 1957 over 47,500 buyers put their names down for a Bel Air convertible with a price tag of more than $2,600. That year the Bel Air was 1.5 inches lower than previous models due to smaller 14-inch wheels, though the wheelbase remained the same at 115 inches. While cleverly using essentially the same car underneath as 55 and 56 models, styling was ever more radical. Bel Air models received a trendy gold anodized grille and Bel Air body side script. Hoods were decorated with wind split ornaments in place of a traditional single ornament and Dagmar bumper guards.
This beautiful example, finished in its original colors of Surf Green over a two-tone interior, is a true testament to the model. In recent years this Bel Air was the recipient of a full restoration, returning the car back to its original factory condition. It is powered by a 245 hp, 283 cu. in. V-8 upgraded with dual four-barrel carburetors and featuring the correct and desirable Batwing air cleaner. The car sports a chrome drivers mirror and full-size spinner wheel covers over painted steel wheels, while the interior features a restored original AM radio, clock, and deluxe heater. Included is also a copy of the owners manual as well as photos of the restoration.
Without question, the Bel Air is one of the most recognizable cars of all time and a showcase of American ingenuity, design, and excellence. Having been under the dedicated care of its current owner, this 57 Bel Air is ready to enter the custodianship of a new collector.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az20.
Classic Car ID101237570
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