If you've decided that now is the time to pick up that perfect '57 Chevy that you've always wanted, allow us to recommend this gorgeous (and rare) Larkspur Blue 210 hardtop. Nicely restored with a bunch of thoughtful upgrades that make it an effortlessly, comfortable cruiser, it's the kind of car that we all wish we could own at some point in our lives, so now is the time!
Great looks simply never go out of style, especially when they're as well-executed as this one. Pure 1950s pastels always look great on the '57s, and this is a somewhat rare 210 hardtop dressed in a monotone finish, so it'll really stand out at shows. We always talk about prep and alignment, but on this car it's almost redundant, because you can see how nice it is just be looking at the photos. That shine is no illusion, and the distortion-free reflections in the paint's surface are not trick photography. This car really is as nice as it looks. Even the chrome has all been refinished to show standards, and as a 210, it has a less common look (even though it was lower on the food chain) than the Bel Air and looks rather dashing without the anodized quarter panel inserts. Accessory fender skirts make it look long and low and add a perfect '50s vibe that totally works.
Inside, the turquoise patterned cloth interior was nicely restored to stock condition several years ago and is holding up well. The seat covers, door panels, headliner, and carpets are all correct 1957 equipment, although the center armrest with cup holders is a modern addition. It keeps things simple by sticking to original finishes and hardware, from the handsome two-spoke wheel with horn ring to the unique 3-pod instrument panel with the big, round speedometer in the middle. This car is equipped with 3-on-the-tree shifting, an unusual choice in 1957 when the PowerGlide was so popular, and it makes for a fun, engaging driving experience. At some point someone added an updated AM/FM radio in the center of the dash, but that appears to be the extent of the modifications. Color-matched floor mats protect the carpets and there's a correct rubber mat in the trunk, along with a full-sized spare with jack assembly.
Since it was decked when it was rebuilt, there's no way to know if the 283 under the hood is matching-numbers, but it does sport a few upgrades. It's fed by a newer four-barrel carburetor under a stock air cleaner and the block wears bright Chevy Orange paint that was recently applied. The original generator remains in place, a nice thing to see after so many alternator "upgrades" on these cars. Stock exhaust manifolds dump into a custom dual exhaust system with mellow-sounding mufflers that terminate in chrome tips under the rear bumper. The aforementioned 3-speed manual transmission feeds the original rear end still hanging on the factory leaf springs, and you'll note it's incredibly tidy underneath for a car that hasn't been a trailer queen all its life. It sports new brake cylinders that were installed just last year and the original steel wheels wear correct spinner hubcaps and a set of 205/75/14 whitewall radials.
With a lot of recent service work, this is the right car at the right price with all the hard work already done. What are you waiting for? Call today!