1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Coupe Car for sale by Harwood Motors in Macedonia, Ohio 44056
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
Older restoration still in fantastic condition. Great color combination, strong-running 283 Power Pack V8, PowerGlide automatic. Accessories include continental kit and dual rear antennas. The archetypal ’57 Chevy!
This lovely Onyx Black Bel Air hardtop was restored a few years ago, then driven and enjoyed so it’s no longer a show car. Finish quality is very good, with even gaps and panels that show evidence of lots of block sanding and hand-fitting, because the reflections in the surface are distortion free. It appears to be modern urethane paint so it'll last practically forever if you take care of it, and it has a deep shine that puts anything from 1957 to shame. Come on, I know you like your car shiny, and the traditional colors on this are still the best possible combination for a dramatic entrance. There's an accessory continental kit out back that adds a bit of an upscale air to the stylish Bel Air, and dual antennas were always a popular addition. The grille has a gold anodized insert, the Bel Air quarter panel trim is gorgeous, and everything lines up quite well along the flanks, giving this car a high-quality look. It isn’t perfect and there are some sings of use and age, but nothing stands out as needing attention so the whole car has a complete look. This one gets it right.
The two-tone interior is also correct, featuring red vinyl and Chevy's funky black fabric that was used with many interior color combinations. It shows very few signs of use with taut seat covers, bright trim, clean carpets, and brand new armrests were just installed on the doors, so there's not so much as a depression from the previous owner's elbow. The instruments are original yet still show crisp faces and clear lenses, and I suspect that the mileage shown is an authentic reading. The back seat looks almost completely unused and the headliner is beautifully fitted. Demerits are few: the radio and clock do not work and the heel pad on the floor on the driver’s side is a little frayed. In back, the trunk is finished with a correct rubber mat and full-sized spare so you don’t have to wrestle with the tire in the continental kit.
Under the hood there's a 283 cubic inch V8 with the Power Pak option that included a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust. Wearing bright Chevy Orange paint, stamped valve covers, and a factory air cleaner assembly, it looks quite correct and the bright orange engine really pops in the black engine bay. There's no secret to the small block Chevy V8, and with a 4-barrel carburetor it's torquey and smooth without being temperamental. As I said, it has been driven and enjoyed a bit and is no longer as crisp as a fresh car would be, but there aren't many major faults, either. It still uses an original generator, the heater fan, windshield wiper motor, and master cylinder are original pieces, and while the exhaust manifolds are a bit crusty, they are authentic pieces.
A 2-speed PowerGlide automatic transmission is a familiar find in a ’57 Chevy simply because it’s a no-nonsense way to have fun. Get in, turn the key, and just go. It clicks off its single shift without drama and with what feel like 3.36 gears in the original rear end, it’s a comfortable cruiser in today’s world. Out on the road, it's plenty punchy and a pleasant-sounding dual exhaust system with four mufflers makes it a lot of fun to lean on the throttle now and then. The floors are clean and solid, the frame shows no evidence of previous accident damage, and even the spare tire well is completely solid—a frequent trouble spot on these cars. It’s even still wearing spiral shocks! Factory steel wheels are outfitted with spinner hubcaps and a set of 7.50-14 BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whites that are exactly the right choice for a car like this.
From a long-time owner and enthusiast, this is a high-quality driver-grade car that will knock 'em dead at local shows and sparkles on the open road. If you've been watching prices lately, you also know that this lovely hardtop is very reasonably priced, particularly given the quality of the work. For a no-stories car in great colors, we have a lot of confidence in this pretty '57. Call today!
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Classic Car ID101461083
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