Dr. Phil Cries Over Loss of Stolen '57 Chevy Convertible
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="Middle Aged Man's Car Missing!"][/caption] If you are looking for a middle-aged man that is truly in touch with his feelings, then look no further than Dr. Phil. Reported today on TMZ.com, Dr. Phil's sweet, southern eyes were moistened upon hearing that his beloved 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible (seen above) was stolen from a Burbank, CA repair shop. Apparently, he had dropped it off there for some transmission work. No suspects have been announced by the Burbank Police Department, but maybe Jay Leno is being held for questioning. (It's funny because he's a car fan and tapes the Tonight Show in Burbank). We could honestly care less, but we can sympathize with Dr. Phil and the crooks because Chevy "Tri-Fives" are exceptionally sweet. Here's why we would have stolen it. See, the 1957 Chevy thing seems to come in and out of style depending on the decade. In the 1980's (which were like the 50's, part 2), you could see them in music videos and heralded as a car of the good old days. In the '90s, they got a reputation about displaying the worst things about excess and over-adornment, with their massive chrome bumpers and non-functional accents. Regardless of your opinion, there's little denying they are an icon and represent an amazing time in the American automotive landscape. They came from a time when American roads were stretching further, and the uninhibited freedom of owning an automobile (especially a convertible) was practically a rite of passage for a young male. The "Tri-Five" cars have a grocery list of automotive first that have become important passages in the car enthusiast bible. They introduced the small-block V8 to Chevrolet fans, and re-introduced the V8 to the brand from the last one produced in 1918. The 1956 Chevy was the first time you could get a Corvette engine in a family car. The Cadillac CTS-V says, "Thanks". The fuel-injected version of the 283ci V8 put out a matching 283 hp, marking the first time a passenger car engine had reached one horsepower per cubic inch. So here's hoping Dr. Phil can get his beloved ride back into his possession soon. If not, we aren't really sure who he can turn to for help in dealing with his feelings. Maybe Oprah? Click here out more images of the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, and who knows, maybe you'll find Dr. Phil's car hiding in there!