Miles Through Time Exhibits
1957 Chevy Bel Air
Past Exhibit - You Missed It!
Make/Model: Chevrolet Bel Air 4 Door
Owner: Gary Hall
Original Price: $2,338
About the 1957 Chevy Bel Air
From a numbers standpoint, the ’57 Chevrolet wasn’t as popular as General Motors had hoped. Despite its popularity, rival Ford outsold Chevrolet for the 1957 model year for the first time since 1935. The main cause of the sales shift to Ford was that the ’57 Chevrolet had tubeless tires, the first car to have them.
In 1957, the V-shaped trim on the tail fins was filled with a ribbed aluminum insert exclusive to the Bel Air’s upgraded trim level.
The fuel-injected engine represented the first time that an internal combustion gasoline engine in a passenger car reached an advertised one horsepower for each cubic inch benchmark.
Unlike most competitors, the Chevrolet 4-door hardtop featured a reinforced rear roof structure that gave the car added rigidity and a unique appearance in silhouette. The 1957 Chevrolet was called by some a “Baby Cadillac”, because of many styling cues similar to Cadillacs of the time.
V8-optioned cars got a large “V” under the Chevrolet script on the hood and trunk lid; the “V: was gold for the Bel Air trim level, and silver-colored chrome for the 210 and 150 trim levels. This particular car only has 38,000 original miles!
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