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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1957 Chevrolet convertible

The epitome of 1950s cool


This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible basks in a glow of Matador Red paint complemented by a red and silver vinyl interior plus a white top. It was restored 10-years ago under previous ownership. Features include a 283ci V-8 equipped with dual four-barrel carburetors, column-mounted three-speed manual transmission, Continental kit, red top boot and whitewall tires. This “Tri-Five” Chevrolet comes from the selling dealer with a clear Colorado title.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible 

The restoration of this 1957 Chevrolet was finished around 2012, and the seller claims the paint and trim continue to remain nearly flawless. During the restoration, the Bel Air was painted code 802 Matador Red, which is the way this vehicle emerged from the Lansing, Mich. plant when it was new.

Red wheels with full chrome wheel covers are capped off by tri-bar spinners.

Per the trim tag, this Bel Air was originally built with the code 683 red vinyl interior with silver inserts. The cabin also features red carpeting and red Chevrolet-branded front floor mats up front. Other features include manual windows and brakes, column-mounted manual shifter and a modern,  aftermarket radio.

Vehicle diagnostics are displayed on a 120-mph speedometer complemented by coolant temperature and fuel level gauges. The seller claims that the horn does not work. True mileage is unknown.

Though not originally born with dual quads, the 283 now features this upgrade, including the “Batwing” air cleaner. This engine was originally rated at 245 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs. of torque. According to the selling dealer, this vehicle starts and drives well.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible 

Additional photos showing the condition of the underside are provided in the picture gallery.

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible’s auction ends on July 28, 2022, at 12:20 p.m. (PDT).

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery.

Diego Rosenberg
Diego Rosenberg
Lead Writer Diego Rosenberg is a native of Wilmington, Delaware and Princeton, New Jersey, giving him plenty of exposure to the charms of Carlisle and Englishtown. Though his first love is Citroen, he fell for muscle cars after being seduced by 1950s finned flyers—in fact, he’s written two books on American muscle. But please don’t think there is a strong American bias because foreign weirdness is never far from his heart. With a penchant for underground music from the 1960-70s, Diego and his family reside in the Southwest.



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