1957 Chevrolet Bel Air (Super Cool!)
Much more impressive than when it originally rolled down GM’s storied St. Louis assembly line, this well-done Chevy has been transformed into a take-no-prisoners show queen that can consistently win trophies. You won’t be staying under the radar with its incredible Matador Red lacquer, which has been correctly applied over a 100% original Fisher body. That glossy, solid fa˜çade is the product of a frame-off, rotisserie rebuild that included stripping each panel all the way down to bare metal. Not surprisingly, those panels’ fit and finish is almost good enough to turn reflections into reality. And ultimately, it all adds up to one super cool classic that, thanks to its spectacular combination of color and trim, has an absolutely magnetic presence!
In the late ’50s, Chevrolet’s 283 cubic inch Super Turbo Fire V8 was a common choice for factory GM performance. With an advertised 220 horsepower, it’s an impressive piece even in today’s world of 300 horsepower grocery getters. And when optioned with an aluminum intake and two 1299 O94 4-barrels, like this drop-top’s ˜çhEB˜çh stamped mill, it hit the pavement 270 horses strong! At the top of the bright orange mill, correct oil bath air cleaners funnel wind in to the aforementioned carbs and intake. At the base of that intake, correct 997 heads hang stamped and silver-detailed valve covers over a correct, solid lifter cam. At the back of those heads, a traditional points distributor shoots fire through loomed AC Delco Packard TV R Suppression cables. Once those fires have been lit, a glossy black radiator circulates coolant through pliable hoses and authentic squeeze clamps. Once that air and fuel is torched, bare metal exhaust manifolds whisk spent gases into stainless, true-dual pipes. And once combustion is created, new V-belts spin a tagged Delco-Remy generator opposite a Delco yellow cap battery.
Behind that engine, a correct Saginaw 3-speed twists torque to a 1956 rear end that’s married to 3.55 gears. Holding that road ready powertrain in place is a fully restored suspension which includes traditional control arms up front, familiar leaf springs out back and correct spiral shocks at all four corners. Vintage turning characteristics are provided by a manual steering rack. Confident stops come courtesy of manual drum brakes. And the power hits the pavement thanks to 14-inch steelies, which spin old fashioned 7.50-14 BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls around ornate spinner hubcaps.