2022 03 04 Featured External Listing – 1957 Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe
This 1957 Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe is in striking condition with servicing performed paying homage to originality. It was a time when car culture ruled and it was in the form of substantial finned American coupes, like this one, convertibles and sedans – before the imports had really come of age in the North American market. And the ’57 Chev is about as storied a car from the period as there is. No personalized modifications on this one, it appears very close to stock. Though the setting for the photos may lead to questions (“is it still with its original owner?” comes to mind), the 40-year owner would appear to have been very careful with it, he notes that the car is always garaged and stored winters on jack stands to periodically keep the engine, transmission and rear-end parts moving. This storage technique also keeps the weight off the suspension during collector car off-season.
CCC Vital Info – 1957 Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe
Odometer – 113,000 miles
Engine Info – 283 C.I. V8, 4-barrel
Transmission Info – automatic
Exterior Colour – Dusk pearl and India ivory white
Interior Colour – White with grey
Other features – Near original condition, Rebuilt engine and transmission
Seller – Private
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Although not original paint – a tall order for a car old enough to be collecting CPP benefits – the dusk pearl and India ivory white at once are original and present beautifully. In these days, the “Big Three” generally sold options individually, rather than in packages as in proliferation today. Among the features we notice for exterior features are the Easy Eye Glass (claimed original by the seller), reverse lights, bumper guards – fore and aft and door handle guards.
Inside, the car reflects the era and has the requisite fuzzy dice. There are plastic seat covers in place to preserve upholstery, seller advises these were installed by the dealer when the car was new. It also boasts a clock, deluxe radio, park brake indicator light, day/night mirror, cigar lighter, heater and electric wipers. Although that list may look ordinary by today’s standards, not every car at the time offered these accoutrements.
Under the hood resides a V8 – what else?! It displaces 283 cubic inches and is equipped with a four-barrel carburetor. The original Power glide transmission pushes the 220 horsepower to the rear wheels. The seller notes that both engine and transmission were rebuilt at 95,000 miles, though a date is not given. The car has travelled 113,000 miles so we expect this drivetrain to be in very good condition. Another option not in place on every car in the ‘50s is the power steering on offer and another accessory not still in place on every car from the ‘50s is the jack and jacking instructions also still with the car. Buyer also notes that various spare parts are available for purchase separately – see ad for details.
Find this 1957 Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe on kijiji in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario for $65,000. Our thanks to CCC follower Alex for submitting it to us.