The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop needs no introduction about how much of a legend it is. But when you see how this one has a terrific color combo, solid small block power, four-on-the-floor, and a comfy A/C interior, you realize this is the icon that loves to cruise.
The trim tag tells us this is a factory Onyx Black car, and there was even a respray update later in life. That means there's a good gloss that really shows off the gentle curves of the sheet metal that make these coupes so attractive. The black makes for the ideal backdrop for all the brightwork. The well-integrated bumper/grille, twin rocket-style hood ornaments, and intricate rear bumper all have a beautiful shine. Plus, the full window trim outlines the ultra-desirable hardtop profile. The hallmark fan-style side trim is straight/impressive. And the Bel Air gold trim is complete. And the upgrades like dual exhaust tips and 15-inch Outlaw II wheels give this the look of a fun driver. So the theme for the exterior - and the whole car - is about delivering upgrades for more fun and flair, but nothing ever takes away from that vintage spirit that makes this an icon ready for the open road.
The black returns inside, and now it's joined by a vivid red. This is the factory-correct color package, but the bench seats, door panels, headliner, carpeting, and other fundamentals have a fresh feeling of a more recent solid investment. It's part of a clean and detailed style where you can see they took extra time with everything - even the dome light works. So this is a great one for rolling down all the windows of this pillarless hardtop to let people get a better look inside. In fact, you can drive all day during the summer with the windows down, because the R134a air conditioning will cool down any warmer breezes. It's also upgraded to be a better driver with thoughtfully placed pieces, like the red Lecarra steering wheel, a tilt column, auxiliary readouts under the dash, and a classic Hurst cue ball shifter.
A Tri-Five Chevy like this introduced us to the now-legendary small block V8, and this celebrates that while also delivering added performance. The 327 cubic-inch unit that's now under the hood is larger than anything the factory offered in 1957. This V8 also inhales deeper with Edelbrock four-barrel carburetor, and it exhales with a great tune from the dual exhaust. Plus, you get firm control over it all thanks to the Muncie M20 four-speed manual transmission. The full package was done with the right supporting components, like an HEI distributor and an aluminum radiator with an electric fan. That tells you this one was built for cruising. That feeling is furthered by power steering, power brakes, front discs, and wide modern tires.
This is the icon upgraded with the right power and features to make for a great all-around driving classic. So you know it's a deal you don't want to miss. Call today!!!