1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible

The 1957 Chevrolet has become a firm favorite with many people even those with just a passing interest in old cars and has to be one of the most recognizable cars ever. Its beautiful lines and iconic design has meant it is, arguably, become one of the most popular cars to own. Add in that this is a convertible and you have one highly desirable car with values climbing considerably over the last 30 years or so.

Chevrolet offered 19 models over three series that year: the One-Fifty, Two-Ten and the Bel-Air with the latter being the top series. The Bel Air was richly appointed and one of its most distinguishing features was the brushed aluminum panel on the rear quarters that sat between the wedge shape formed by the two chrome strips.

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible is painted in the rather striking Tropical Turquoise.

side view with top down

The 1957 Chevrolet is 200″ long with a 115″ wheelbase and is 73.9″ wide.

The interior of this Bel Air is a turquoise and ivory vinyl combination (code 680) that was one of four different styles available for the convertible.

turquoise and ivory interior of a 57 Chevy convertible
beautiful turquoise and ivory interior

Power comes from the new for 1957, 283 cubic inch V8. This particular car is equipped with the power Pack option giving an output of 220 hp. 

1957 Chevy 283 V8 Power Pack
283 cubic inch V8 with 4-barrel carburetor

Primary competition for Chevrolet in ’57 would have been the Ford Fairlane 500, Plymouth Belvedere and the Studebaker President.

Popular Chevrolet Options for 1957
Power steering$70
Power brakes$38
Power windows$90
DeLuxe heater / defroster$95
Deluxe push-button radio$65
Signal seeking AM radio$199
Full wheel covers$16
Air Conditioning$430

Chevrolet produced 47,562 Bel Air convertibles for the 1957 model year. Base price was $2,511 for the 235.5 cubic inch six-cylinder and $2,611 for the base V8 which was a 265 cubic inch Turbo-Fire. Another $34 got you the 283 Super Turbo-Fire. Powerglide automatic transmission cost a further $188.

This ’57 Chevy Bel Air Convertible is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)


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