Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air wins the argument for the most iconic classic American car. There is a magnetism from this patriotism that makes everyone need to check these out at car shows and give a polite honk when one passes by. It only gets better when you see a painstakingly restored example with an award-winning level of original style.
This '57 Chevy was completed in stunning and factory-correct Dusk Pearl. The restoration was a labor of love with a grandfather and grandson, and so they took years to make sure everything was correct. That's why the finish on this car is show quality in every way. Details like the fender edges remain well-defined and panel gaps are quite good. There's excellence in everything from the way the doors close, to the fitment of the hood integrating into the bumper. Speaking of the front end, the bumpers, grille, and other brightwork has been refinished to show standards. Correct Chevrolet badges have been installed front and rear, with the stylized golden V that let you know this Bel Air had power under the hood. Nothing has been shaved or removed, so this one feels genuine right down to the fender skirts and factory-style wheel covers. Even the addition of the continental kit feels like a factory piece, because they got the details correct, right down to the color-matched wheel within.
Inside, you'll find one of the most striking factory color combinations. The silver with black fabric inserts on the seats and door panels are a timeless color combo, and the bright silver accenting makes this look like it's ready for a night on the town. The headliner, floor, and dash all coordinate for a sophisticated total package. There are crisp, clean gauges behind the highly stylized Bel Air steering wheel. And the details are great, right down to the working AM radio and accessory tissue box.
Lift the hood to reveal a nicely detailed engine bay. This is the dawn of the small block era, and so it's great to have what's believed to be the original 283 cubic-inch V8 still under the hood today. Everything from the tag on the radiator to the black paint on the generator makes this look like you were picking this up from the Chevy dealer in the summer of '57. As you dig deeper, you'll also see this looks correct from the Carter four-barrel carburetor to the Powerglide transmission. And the investment was about more than the correct components. This fires up easily and runs smoothly like a well-built classic should. Plus, the correct new suspension component make this a true comfortable cruiser. But before you put too many miles on this one, don't forget to check out the undercarriage photos that prove you'll be putting a mirror under this one at the car shows.
This is a true nut and bolt restoration that was even recognized at the Chevy Classic show for its excellence. Few cars can compete with this one's star power. After all, a '57 Chevy never goes out of style and this one outshines them all.
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