1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

The 1957 Chevrolet has to be one of the most recognizable classic cars ever. Even those with only a passing interest in old cars tend to be able to spot one a mile off. As such, has arguably, become one of the most popular cars to own. Add in that this is a convertible and you have one highly desirable car.

1957 Chevy Bel Air

Looks great in Inca Silver

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 between the wedge shape formed by the two sloping chrome strips.

1957 Chevy Bel Air Script

Bel Air script on the dash

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible is painted in Inca Silver Metallic (paint code 817C) and has an black vinyl fabric top. The interior is a Red Vinyl and Silver Pattern Vinyl combination that was one of four different styles available for the convertible.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible interior / Dash

Beautiful red and silver interior

Power comes from the new for 1957, 283 cubic inch Super Turbo-Fire V8 producing 220 horsepower.

1957 Chevrolet 283 Turbo-Fire V8

283 cubic inch Turbo-Fire V8

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

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

Popular Chevrolet Options for 1957

Option

Price

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 that's in this car. Powerglide automatic transmission cost a further $188. This car is also equipped with power steering and power brakes and was originally built in Saint Louis, MO.

This car is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

See this 1957 Chevy in action

Recommended Reading

Cars of the 50s

Cars of the 50s by Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

Absolutely lovely book crammed full of color photographs and interesting facts.

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