1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210
Sale price: $59,900.00 make an offer
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|Engine:||283 cubic inch V8|
|Interior Color:||Red and Black|
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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 for sale
Is the 1957 Chevy Bel Air the most identifiable old car in the world? Almost anyone with eyes knows one when they see one. and if you ask them to describe a '57 Chevy. you'll hear them talk about a car that looks almost identical to this spectacular Bel Air Sport Coupe. Fins. continental kit. and enough chrome to outfit a fleet of modern cars. this is the 1950s that most Americans remember with such fondness. Add in V8 power. a spacious and beautiful interior. and surprisingly plush ride quality that you'd expect from a Cadillac. not a Chevrolet. and you have one of the most enduring icons of the 20th century.
We have receipts totaling nearly $130. 00 for the restoration of this stunning 1957 Chevrolet. and that doesn't include the purchase of what appeared to be a very solid. clean original car. In fact. the gentleman who restored this car enjoyed it for some years before the restoration. suggesting some high-quality base stock indeed. It has racked up a series of wins at shows. further testament to the quality of the workmanship and the enduring appeal of the ‘57s. This is one of those exceptionally detailed restorations. one where they not only nailed the basics of paint and upholstery. but got the little things right. too: the clock works. panel gaps are tight and even. and the car runs and drives so easily that you'd swear it's 50 years younger. The vivid Matador Red paint is just the right shade. glowing in the sunlight. and the addition of the India Ivory roof seems to emphasize the long. low look of the ‘57s in particular. There are no waves in the bodywork. no signs of sub-par workmanship. and although the car has been driven since the restoration was completed. there are very. very few signs of it thanks to a conscientious caretaker who knew this car was special.
Chevy stylists in 1957 weren't terribly fond of the car they designed. but the years since have demonstrated how mistaken they were about the appeal of chrome. They felt there was too much brightwork. too much ornamentation. but those are exactly the reasons why so many people cherish the 1957 Chevrolet in particular. So when it came time to restore the jewelry on this car. no expense was spared. The bumpers are beautiful. the gold anodized grille and emblems are crisp and bright. and everything lines up just right so the lines are unbroken from panel to panel. The stainless strips along the flanks blend with the Bel Air anodized panels to make the top-of-the-line Chevys distinctive. and twin antennas on the rear deck would become a Chevy trademark for years to come. This car also carries an accessory continental kit. which is a correct dealer-installed piece (note that the outer ring is painted. not chrome as in the modern aftermarket kits). The way it's integrated into the bumpers makes it look like it was part of the design all along. and yes. there's a tire inside.
Inside. the two-tone black and red upholstery was done just the way the factory would have. including the funky red and black fabric inserts. Hard to imagine that this is a Chevrolet! The detailing is exceptional. with the bright strip of trim stretching across the dashboard and housing the secondary controls. radio. and clock. The familiar three-pod instrument panel is beautifully restored and all the gauges and lights are fully operational. Indeed. everything works as it should. including the radio which has an FM converter inside to the clock which has been converted to painless quartz operation. Under the dash. you'll find a tissue dispenser which is an unusual yet surprisingly popular accessory. and the carpets are protected by red rubber floor mats. All the glass and weather seals are new. and it's worth noting that glass has been correctly coded. Seat belts have been added for safety and look like they've always been there and we're pretty sure nobody has ever sat in the back seat. The trunk is correctly outfitted with a rubber floor mat and a full-sized spare tire so you don't have to wrestle with the one in the continental kit. There's also a correct jack assembly.
The small block Chevy V8 under the hood was a revolution when it was introduced in 1955. and it's a big part of why the ‘57s are so beloved. Equipped with a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust that were part of the “Power Pack” setup. it's a superb runner that makes good power and great sounds. It's wearing correct Chevy Orange paint and includes those lovely valve covers with embossed Chevrolet script that really makes it look special. Up top. there's a proper heavy-duty air cleaner and a Rochester 4-barrel carburetor. You'll note that most of the details are factory-correct. including proper hoses with spring clamps. the right ballast resistor on the dash. and even a reproduction “tar top” battery. When the car was competing. it was completely stock. but once its show days were over. it was modestly upgraded to make it easier to drive. including a modern Saginaw power steering pump and rack. front disc brakes with a dual reservoir master cylinder. and a 12-volt alternator. All these modifications are simple bolt-ons that could be undone if you wish to return the car to show duty. but it runs and drives so well. I think it would be a mistake. Turn the key and it sparks to life as quickly as a modern fuel-injected engine and idles smoothly even when cold. That's some nice tuning!
The transmission is the original 2-speed PowerGlide automatic and in this Bel Air. it delivers snappy performance with no fuss and no muss. Out back. the original rear end was rebuilt and fitted with 3. 27 gears. which are a nice compromise between punchy acceleration and highway-friendly cruising. You'll note that the floors have been painted and finished to the same standards as the bodywork. providing a great background for the satin black frame and suspension components. There are a few signs of use. but not much that couldn't be wiped away in a few hours of detailing and the stainless steel exhaust system should look great practically forever. There are no signs that this car has ever been rusty and even important areas like the rockers. body mounts. and spare tire well are in exceptional shape. All the lines. hoses. shocks. and rubber pieces have been replaced. to the car rides and handles like new and offers a tight. smooth. and rattle-free ride. Correct 14-inch steel wheels have been painted to match the body and fitted with correct spinner hubcaps and modern 205/75/14 Coker wide whitewall radials for a big improvement in ride and handling.
This car also includes a long list of extras. Most notable is a 3-inch-thick binder full of every receipt and invoice for the restoration. all adding up to a very substantial figure. We also have an album of restoration photos showing every stage of the work so you know there are no surprises hiding underneath. The car also includes a set of accessory fender skirts that are fully restored and ready to be installed. a dealer-issued bug screen for the radiator. and a heavy duty car cover and inflatable “bubble” for storage. Nice!
This is absolutely one of the finest '57 Chevys on the market anywhere. You can certainly shop price and there are cheaper ones out there. but few can match this car's combination of looks. quality. and performance. and it's still a fraction of the cost of restoring one to this level. In the car business. you always get what you pay for. and this is a fantastic example of arguably the most iconic car of all time. Call today!
ABOUT HARWOOD MOTORS
Harwood Motors offers enthusiasts an effortless way to buy and sell collector vehicles. It's important to note that while the name "Harwood Motors" is new. the people behind it have years of experience buying. selling. and collecting vintage automobiles. It's also a family business with close ties to the hobby itself and we like to think of ourselves as matchmakers rather than a mere car dealership. There's a right car for you out there. and we can help you find it. even if you don't particularly know where to start. What Harwood Motors does isn't new. but the way we do it will make you a client for life. whether you're a buyer or a seller. Call us any time to talk cars. trucks. or even just about the hobby in general; you'll be surprised to find you already have a friend.
If you have a special car that you would like to market. Harwood Motors can put it in front of real buyers. We have an extensive network of clients who are always looking for their next special vehicle. We also accept interesting. high-quality trades and can help with financing. Please contact us for more information on any of our programs.
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS
All vehicles are sold as-is. where-is unless otherwise specified in the description. All sales are binding and final. and winning this auction does not entitle you to inspect the car and then decide not to buy it. but obligates you to complete the transaction. We are always available by phone or email to answer questions. and all our cars may be personally inspected with 24 hours' notice. All non-paying high bidders will be reported to eBay.
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Note that all vehicles listed by Harwood Motors are also for sale in other media at all times. so we reserve the right to end this auction at any time without prior notice. Note that we list many of our cars on eBay. but only a small number of cars are actually sold through the eBay auction process. What that means is that if you see a car you like. don't hesitate! Contact us or hit the Buy It Now! button.
PAYMENT AND SHIPPING
A non-refundable $500 PayPal deposit is required within 24 hours of the auction's end. or immediately for those buyers using the "Buy It Now" feature. For final payment. we accept certified bank checks. and bank to bank wire transfer of funds. We will also accept your credit union or bank auto financing check from any reputable institution. Please contact us for financing options. Note that no vehicle ships without payment in full clearing our bank.
The Buyer is responsible for pickup and/or shipping of the vehicle. If you wish to have it shipped we will gladly assist you in making arrangements and work with several large shipping companies to deliver cars all over the world. Please contact us for details.
FEES AND TAXES
The buyer is responsible for all local state. county. and city tax fees. as well as title and registration fees and any other costs that may apply. and Harwood Motors charges a $150 document preparation fee on each transaction.
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