We know you guys love ’57 Chevys, so when this black Bel Air 2-door showed up, we welcomed it with open arms. A cool resto-mod, it has a few tweaks to make it a blast to drive, including a thundering 427 cubic inch V8, a 4-speed, and the kind of workmanship that will make it stand out just about everywhere it goes.
Those hot-rod wheels give it a modern look, but the truth is the bodywork is pretty much as GM intended way back in the 1950s. The car was built a few years ago and wears more recent paint, which has a great shine thanks to modern materials and good bodywork underneath, and while it's been driven, the overall effect is extremely impressive. The doors fit well and the two-door bodywork is more rigid than the hardtop, so everything lines up the way it should. Unlike so many resto-mods, this one still wears all its original trim and brightwork, most of which was restored or replaced during the build. From the bumpers to the delicate piece of trim along the window sills that accents the little dip in the bodywork, it keeps all the jewelry that makes these cars winners with the public. The anodized side panels always look great and amber-colored lenses in the front parking lights give it a bit of a different look that stands out without making a lot of noise about it. This car just looks right.
The attractive two-tone black and gray interior is recently finished and was custom crafted to give it a bit of an updated look without erasing the car's personality. The original bench seats are wrapped in high-grade vinyl with pleated inserts, and the rear bench was upholstered to match. The original dash and gauges were kept in place and look to be in good condition, with the three-spoke steering wheel adding a bit of flair to the otherwise low-key Chevy. The carpets and door panels are also new and match the overall theme of the interior. A Hurst shifter with a cue ball knob gives it a more sporting look than they were building in 1957 and it makes this heavy Chevy a lot more fun to drive. The Bel Air's big trunk is entirely stock, with a shockingly clean spare tire well and a reproduction mat; all it needs is a spare tire and it'll be ready to show.
Power comes from a monstrous 427 cubic inch Chevy V8 which, of course, is a tight fit in the ‘57’s engine bay. Borrowed from a 1969 Corvette, it's got a mild cam inside, a Holley 4-barrel carburetor up top, and a snarky Flowmaster dual exhaust system, it makes the right hot rod sounds without upsetting the reliability that made these engines famous. Chrome valve covers and a matching air cleaner give it a showy look that brightens up the all black engine bay, and you’ll note a chrome alternator and a power dual master cylinder for the front disc brakes. A 4-speed manual transmission snaps through the gears with genuine authority and there's a heavy-duty 12-bolt rear end out back, so don't worry about breaking it. The undercarriage is in excellent condition with a handsome satin black finish to really showcase all the new hardware, including fresh lines, a new gas tank, and easy-riding shocks all around. Those aforementioned polished Torque Thrust wheels certainly make a statement against the old bodywork and carry 235/70/15 performance radials.
This is an awesome cruiser that doesn’t break any new ground but instead provides the kind of reliable, care-free cruising that everyone ultimately wants, and the incredible powerplant certainly doesn’t hurt. Call today!