Back in March 1990, the cover of our magazine was graced by a classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible. This issue, in fact, was our “Great American Car Issue,” and the Bel Air was a very fitting cover car.
After its restoration in 1984, it was one of the finest examples of the ’57 Bel Air, featuring just about every option available when the car was ordered. This includes the rare Rochester fuel injection system, three-speed manual transmission, power brakes and steering, power windows, power operated red vinyl soft-top, vacuum smokeless ashtray, twin rear fender skirts and antennas, factory locking fuel cap, and more that is detailed below.
And now, in 2015, this car is looking for a new owner as it heads to Chuck Yarbro Auctioneers‘ September 19 live auction.
“This auto would be the crown jewel in any collection, with 14,500 original miles and every option that was available in 1957 except for air conditioning,” said Chuck Yarbro in an Aug. 4 press release from Chuck Yarbro Auctioneers. “It has been professionally restored to exceed original expectations and was last appraised in 2008 at $185,000.”
What’s more, the car also recently underwent a total show detail, as well as an overhaul on the Rochester Fuel Injection System. And, even with all of these precise restorations, the car still retains its original parts.
Now is your chance to own one of the finest American automobiles ever created, as well as a car prominent enough to be one of our prestigious classic cars.
For more information about the car’s auction, visit its listing by clicking the button below. To place an online proxi-bid, visit Yarbro.com.
- Original 14,500 miles
- Matching numbers
- Full off restoration
- High factory option car
- Correct EJ block
- Three piece chrome front bumper
- Chrome ‘bumperetts’
- T-3 headlights
- 283-cubic inch motor, 250 hp
- Factory Rochester fuel injection system
- Power assisted ‘Hyraboost’ brakes
- Saginaw 605 power steering system
- Factory glass windshield washer bottle
- 3-speed manual transmission
- Factory silver & red vinyl upholstery
- Wonderbar radio
- Black Carpets
- Red rubber floor mats
- GM tissue box
- Rare factory vacuum smokeless ashtray (only 300 installed; this option was only offered in 1957)
- Power operated windows
- Power operated white vinyl soft top
- Twin rear fender antennas (one power operated)
- Twin rear fender skirts and spinners
- Full Continental kit
- Factory option locking gas cap
- Matador Red exterior paint
- White wall tires
- Original 1957 shop manual, dealer books & literature
- Original duPont REGISTRY magazine with car featured on cover & placard from duPont
- Won the Antique Automobile Club, Nationals first place winner in 1984 (see award placket on car)