Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan
The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, riding on new 14-inch tires, was two-and-a-half inches longer and stood one-and-a-half inches lower than the previous year’s model. It also featured a distinctive new grille integrated with new front bumpers. On the bonnet, gun-sight ornaments fronted the new wind splitters while three gold chevrons could be found on each front wing. At the rear, distinct new tailfins ended in sharply defined chrome caps and the petrol cap was concealed behind the left taillight. The top of the line Bel Air also had chrome sills and distinctive ribbed satin-finish wedge panels on the rear wings. Bel Airs were available in seven different models and were trimmed with anodized aluminum on the rear body side panels.
Under the hood, Chevy owners could choose from the tried-and-true six or 265-cubic inch V-8, or from up to a half-dozen variations of the enlarged 283-cubic inch V-8 engine. But the rarest of the rare, and the most powerful of all, was the fuel-injected V-8. At 283 horsepower, when fitted with high compression heads, this was the first engine to achieve the magic one horsepower per cubic inch.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in November of 2010 at the Robson Estate, Gainesville, Georgia.
283 hp, 283 cu. in. overhead valve fuel-injected V-8 engine with a three-speed manual column shift transmission, independent front suspension with ‘A’ arms and coil springs, live axle rear suspension with leaf springs, and power drum brakes all around. Wheelbase: 115"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel