1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

The 1957 Chevrolet has to be one of the most recognizable old 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.

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.

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible is painted in Onyx Black and has an Ivory vinyl fabric top. 

1957 Chevy Bel Air

Rear view

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

57 Chevy Convertible

Side view with the top up

The interior of this Bel Air 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 V8. This particular car was originally equipped with the power Pack option (4-barrel carburetor) but has been upgraded to a Dual Quad taken from a car that was unfortunately totaled in an accident. This 1957 available option gives an output of 245 horsepower. Or, if the car had solid lifters, the output was 270 hp.  Paired with a close-ratio three-speed manual transmission, this combination came in at $393 over the base price.

1957 Chevrolet 283 V8 Dual 4-barrels

283 V8 with dual 4-barrels - offering up to 270 Horsepower

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. Powerglide automatic transmission cost a further $188.

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

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