1957 Chevrolet 150

Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX

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Fort Worth, TX



Year 1957
Mileage 5393
Engine 8
Doors 2
Transmission Automatic
Make Chevrolet
Model 150

150 1957

Title Status --
Exterior Color Gypsy Red
Interior Color Beige


While the Bel Airs and their anodized quarter panels and added gold trim get a lot of the attention, the humble 1957 Chevrolet 150 2-door post makes a strong claim for being the cleanest of the '57 Chevys. With trim that echoes its older brothers in the Shoebox Chevy family, the 150 gets by with a minimum of flashy brightwork, yet retains that timeless 1957 look we all love. This very handsome 2-door sedan is the recipient of a high-quality, frame-off restoration along with a few tasteful upgrades that make it a fantastic cruiser/casual show car that can be driven with pride.

There are few better colors on a '57 Chevy than bright red, and the Gypsy Red and Adobe Beige finish on this car is incredibly nice. Bodywork was very well done, and there are no signs of previous damage or repairs, just clean sheetmetal that was meticulously worked before it was covered with layer upon layer of deep, lustrous off-white and red paint. Detailing is crisp, and with fresh and bright 150 trim on the quarters, 'rockets' on the hood, and the slight dip under the rear window is much more pronounced on the 150 models, giving the car more character that's often lost in the over-abundance of chrome on the Bel Air. Speaking of chrome, the bumpers, grille, and other bright parts have either been replaced with OEM stainless or refinished to a very high standard, and you'll note that extra time was taken to ensure that all the trim lines up properly. Correct Chevrolet badges have been installed front and rear, with no added fluff, and all the glass is bright and clear (including that awesome 'Sweep Sight' wraparound front windshield), with a lightly smoked tint on the side and rear windows. Nothing has been shaved or removed, even the side mirrors and wheels are correct, which in our opinion is EXACTLY how Tri-5s should be restored. This build took about 6 years to fully complete, and that patience and eye toward originality really shows. This is a very impressive car!

Inside, you'll find a completely restored interior with a clean, simple look, from the two-tone beige seat covers to the very cool, matching brand-new door panels. The seat frames are actually original to this car, but the padding, springs and ultra-comfortable vinyl and tweed upholstery is new and in fantastic shape. Plush brown carpets are on the floor, covered by heavy-duty tan rubber mats with inset carpet swatches, and overhead there's a fresh headliner that's taut and wrinkle-free. Restored factory gauges still live in the two-tone dash, and they've been augmented by a set of white-faced auxiliary gauges hanging underneath that tie in smoothly enough to almost look stock. That T-handle B&M shifter looks like it should be controlling an old-school manual gearbox, but it's actually connected to a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission below, and just ahead of it is the control panel and main vent stack for the Old Aire R134a air conditioning system. The original radio is long gone, replace neatly by a Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX in the center of the dash and it's joined by a leather-wrapped LeCarra steering wheel mounted on a tilt wheel that updates the look inside just a little. Out back, the original trunk was restored to stock and is further proof that this is a super-clean car, and it also packs a matching full-size spare tire and jack assembly along with a relocated battery that's been neatly stowed away.

The engine is a 355 cubic inch V8, which, as a small block Chevy, was an obvious and much-needed upgrade from the original 6-cylinder block this 150 was born with. Originally a strong 350 V8, the block under the hood was bored .030 over and then augmented with TRW pistons, .194 double-hump heads, and ceramic-coated headers providing just enough extra pop to really make this Tri-5 come to life up and down the throttle. Topped by an Edelbrock 600CFM carburetor and Edelbrock intake, it's a strong runner that sticks to the tried-and-true formula. A few chrome and polished dress-up items add a bit of sparkle and there's Chevy Orange paint on the block, so it's not really breaking any new ground, but that's not really the point, because this 150 is supposed to look timeless. A modern dual master cylinder and power brake system from a later-model Camaro was installed for safety and those long-tube headers dump into a true dual exhaust system with a pair of Flowmaster mufflers and cool chrome tips under the rear bumper. The aforementioned 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission feeds a durable Ford 9-inch posi-traction rear end swapped in from a 1970 Mercury Cougar Eliminator, so this car is a pleasant highway cruiser and it sits exactly right thanks to an updated suspension. Power steering makes the drive a delightful experience every time out, and this beauty rolls on a set of painted steel wheels adorned with chrome beauty rings and a center spinner, all of which are wrapped in recent 215/70/1


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