57 Chev Bel Air

Photographed in August 2018 at Gosford Classic Cars, NSW, Australia

A Bit About the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Possibly the most Iconic American family car ever, the 57 Chev came in a range of body styles, including this lovel 2-door convertible.

Introduced in September 1956 for 1957 model year, the Bel Air was the top of the line model.

Only the Bel Air received the Gold Trim you can see above.

The 57 was really only a minor facelift from the 56, but the overall visual improvement was huge. FINS! were bigger, and were designed to give the impression of a wider rear. The grill design did the same for the front.

Base engine was an in-line 6-cylinder called the Blue Flame Six.

The V8 had more power, but at the expense of smoothness.

You could option the famous 283 Corvette V8, which offered 1hp per cubic inch.

The 283 in the 57 was so successful in NASCAR that it was banned!

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Comments (2)

  • Beautiful car! Chevy spent over a million dollars in '56 designing the new car. They felt like they were falling too far behind Cadillac and had to do something to improve over the '56 Bel Air.

      1 year ago
    • $1Mill doesn't sound like a whole lot now, but back then it was :) Thanks Chris!

        1 year ago