This 1957 Plymouth Belvedere Club Sedan has recently surfaced having been put in storage way back in 1987. It was already 30 years old by then but still only had 60,000 miles on the odometer.
It's a common story. Someone takes the car on with the intention of restoring it. It then gets partially dismantled and the for whatever reason the work stops. In this case the Belvedere was going to have a big block transplanted into it. Unfortunately for the previous owner, their helping hand then stopped helping.
Without the skill available the car then languished in storage for another 30 years.
Fast forward to today and the Plymouth has been recommissioned enough to get it on the road again.
The interior is original with the exception of the carpet. The radio you can just about see in the center of the dash is original, costing $73 when the car was purchased new - and it still works!
Plymouth revised their instrument panels for 1957 and described them as "1960-New". In fact, their literature described, "The cars you might have expected in 1960 - here now!"
Under the hood sits the original 301 cubic inch V8 Fury engine. This is paired with the push-button PowerFlite automatic transmission. The Belvedere came standard with a 3-speed manual transmission so the original owner of this car paid an additional £280 for this PowerFlite.
This car is far from perfect but it's survived remarkably well. Late 1950s Chrysler cars were very prone to rust so you just don't see unrestored examples like this very often.
A '57 model year Belvedere Club Sedan would have cost you $2,239 with the base engine - a 230 cubic inch 6-cylinder. Another $100 would have got you the 301 CID V8 fitted to this car.
This Plymouth Belvedere is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)