Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Before we go into the details on this spectacular 1957 Chevy Bel Air Wagon, please take a few moments to look at the photos...
Back? Good, because you can plainly see that this is one heck of a car. Professionally built, there's hardly a single surface or component that hasn't been tweaked, polished, restored or replaced in some way, delivering what might be the ultimate rod for the guy with a family. The '57 Bel Air is arguably the best-looking of all the shoebox Chevys, so it didn't make sense to modify the sheetmetal in any way, but rather restore it all back to stock specs. With that in mind, they spent the time and money on getting everything as straight as possible, then covered it in bright red paint top-to-bottom, using the elegant factory Bel Air trim for contrast down the flanks. As you saw in the photos, the surfaces are so smooth and flat that reflections show virtually zero distortion and the brilliant shine of the urethane paint is simply dazzling in the sunlight. It's not a perfect show car, as this beauty was born to be driven, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a nicer one at your local car show. The anodized panel on the quarters adds an awesome element to the color combination, and things like the grille and hood emblem were properly gold anodized for a factory look. The rest of the chrome was treated to a high-quality re-plate, the stainless was polished up to match, while bright bumpers and iconic grille are bright as can be and really steal the show.
There's more awesomeness inside where the combination of old and new is so tastefully done that it's hard to find the line. The gray and black upholstery has a very OEM look that's a respectful upgrade of the iconic Bel Air interior from the Tri-5 era. The front bench seat feels just like a correct piece with tilting back rests for access to the rear seating area, and there's a removable center console anchored in the middle. New carpets with the correct weave and nap were installed and fresh door panels were created using the matching patterns and modern materials from the seats. Of course, it's got some modern conveniences like R134a A/C, a tilt column, and even a digital back-up camera, but none of it detracts from the fairly stock-looking dashboard. The steering wheel is an original dual-horn piece that's perfectly at home in the '57 atop a tilt column, and the original instrument panel is now filled a full complement of Dakota Digital gauges. In back, there's a matching rear seat that looks untouched along with a gorgeous cargo bay that's just too nice to use for hauling anything, fully outfitted with matching carpets.
It's still got Chevy power under the hood, delivered in the form of a fuel-injected 5.3L LS V8 Vortec motor. It's a tidy package in the '57's engine bay, and with color-matched valve covers and intake cover, a lot of polished aluminum and a serpentine belt drive accessory system, it looks fantastic. A lot of effort went into hiding the wiring and plumbing, so the look is ultra-clean, yet serviceability is quite good. Power front disc brakes, an upgraded suspension with A-arms up front, and fat sway bars at both ends means that it drives more like a Camaro than a station wagon, and you can see that the chassis is as highly detailed as the rest of the car. A 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission powers a heavy-duty rear end out back, and this Wagon sounds amazing thanks to long-tube headers that feed the custom dual exhaust below. Gorgeous 17-inch REV wheels are a new twist on an old favorite and wear 225/50/17 front and 255/50/17 rear performance radials.
Every bit as amazing as it looks, this is the kind of car that makes everyone else stop what they're doing and have a look. And the good news is that it drives even better than it looks. Call today!
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