Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Beautifully restored and finished to show-quality standards, this drop-dead gorgeous 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop is ready for a summer of cruise nights, Sunday afternoon shows, and a lifetime of creating classic memories. And with only 759 miles on the build of the this Bel Air beauty, it\'s going to be turning heads on Main Street for a long, long time.
One of the most recognized cars of all time, the \'57 Chevy is an icon of car culture, and no matter how you equip it, it\'s hard to make a mistake. Fortunately, the craftsmen who put this car together didn\'t color too much outside the lines. Sure, they upgraded the colors from Dusk Rose to Matador Red and added a little extra \'oomph\' to the drivetrain, but one look at this beauty and you\'re instantly transformed back to 1957. It really looks the part Matador Red paint recently finished to unreal show standards, an Imperial Ivory top, those gorgeous Bel Air aluminum inserts on the rear quarters, side-skirts, and a period-perfect continental kit out back. Bodywork is laser straight, panel gaps are precise, and the crispness of details like the wheel well lips prove that great care and a professional\'s touch were used in painstakingly crafting this classic car. Chrome and stainless-and there is a lot of it on a \'57 Chevy-has all been fully restored, including the big \'ol bumpers fore and aft, that gorgeous gold front grille, and matching gold Chevrolet badges fore and aft. The body trim and window surrounds have been polished and smoothed to a blinding shine, along with the long trim pieces along the tops of the tailfins that are so straight you could set your watch to them. Accessories like the hood rockets, fender skirts, and dual antennas reinforce the \'50s nostalgia look, and the fish bowl glass is so clean it\'s practically invisible. Man, what a great looking car!
1957 Chevys received ten new interior fabric choices, and the top-of-the-line Bel Air was the only series to get the cool black and red patterned fabric found in this hardtop. Beautifully restored to original specs, the front and rear bench seats feature new seat covers in authentic materials that are both stylish and all-day comfortable. The matching dual-ring steering wheel is beautifully finished back-to-stock too, and the bright machined metal trim that stretches from one side to the other is a nice connection to the anodized panels on the exterior. For the first time, all Bel Airs received full carpeting as standard equipment, and this one also features color-matched reproduction floor mats for protection. The radio hasn\'t been replaced with a modern unit, which is a pleasant surprise (although it does need some service), and the list of options includes a factory-style A/C system that\'s been upgraded with modern hardware, seatbelts front and rear, and even power steering and power brakes that vastly improve the driving experience. Out back, the trunk is finished just as neatly and correctly as the rest of the car (fully painted and topped with a correct-style black rubber mat), and thanks to the continental kit there\'s plenty of storage room inside.
The engine powering this beauty is a 327 cubic inch Chevy V8, which is a natural choice for any \'57 Bel Air, topped with a dual-set of 4-barrel carburetors for a much-welcomed added punch. Dressed to impress in a factory configuration, the engine bay glistens with Chevrolet Orange enamel on the valve covers and block, a dual set of original air cleaners, and a combination of both original and modern components that really pop up against the Matador Red firewall and black inner fenders. A big radiator lives up front and as you can see, and there\'s even a stock-spec generator in place, although with the power steering and power front disc brake systems are more modern and drastically improve this Chevy\'s performance. The 700R4 4-speed automatic gearbox adds an overdrive gear and channels torque back to the original-style rear end and the recent dual exhaust system has a nice purr to it that doesn\'t get obnoxious when you get on the throttle. The underside was clearly built to show-off and to drive and includes newer shocks and undercoating that controls noise and heat, but nothing terribly radical to take away from the original appeal. Painted steel wheels adorned with correct Bel Air hubcaps have a cool retro look to them but carry thoroughly modern 205/75/14 Coker wide-whitewall rubber to improve handling.
Take the time to look at the photos-this car is extremely well detailed and fully sorted and can compete for the big trophies at just about any venue. Values on \'57 Chevys are skyrocketing, and next to convertibles, Bel Air hardtops are the ones to own. Call us today and get your piece of yesterday.
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