The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air stands comfortably among the most important icons of American design. It is as widely recognized and beloved as any automobile ever built and it has come to symbolize an entire era in American history. This particular convertible serves as a perfect illustration of why the Bel Air has earned such distinction.
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible – sold for $62,500 Flawless and extensive frame-off restoration. Very rare options. Continental kit. Power top. Power brakes. Power steering. Automatic transmission. 283/185 HP engine. Proudly displays the very prestigious AACA Grand National badge. Auction Source: 2012 Daytime Auction by Mecum
The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible offered here shows why this model has become one of the most beloved collector cars ever. It sports new show-quality paint in rare Adobe Beige over laser straight sheet metal and boasts great chrome, true dual exhaust, a power top, classic side-mounted spotlight, tissue dispenser and a Continental kit; fender skirts are also included. A former owner opted for increased power, replacing the original 283 CI engine with a very healthy 327 CI unit while retaining the original Powerglide transmission. This rare Bel Air convertible, one of very few produced in this very attractive color combination, has also recently received a complete new front suspension and new radiator, heater core, alternator, and voltage regulator.
This 1957 “fuelie” convertible was the subject of a correct, frame-off restoration to show-quality standards. The option list is short: a pushbutton AM radio, whitewall tires with spinner hubcaps, E-Z-Eye tinted glass, heater-defroster and a dashboard clock. The odometer reads just 121 miles, likely since restoration. The car exhibits good panel fit, a clean and well-detailed engine compartment and tidy undercarriage. The black convertible top fits well, and the car comes with reproduction copies of the owner’s handbook and manual for the top. An excellent example of one of America’s favorite collector cars, it is ready to delight a new owner. Auction Source: Amelia Island 2012 by RM Auctions
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible – did not sell for $90,000 New frame-off restoration. Power steering. Dual 4 barrels. Power brakes. Power seat. Power windows. Smokeless ashtray. Continental kit. Skirts. Padded dash. Wonderbar radio. Power top. Spinner hubcaps. Stop light reflector. Automatic transmission. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum
In 2009, this exceptional 1957 Bel Air convertible received a complete, photo-documented frame-off restoration with only GM-approved parts used in the exacting process. Many steel parts were powder-coated for a long-lasting finish, including the frame and seat springs. All-new chrome brightwork and new trim pieces enhance the Bel Air’s timeless styling. In addition to its powerful four-barrel 283-cubic inch V-8 and Powerglide automatic transmission, the Bel Air includes air conditioning and such desirable period features as a “Continental” spare tire kit, rear-fender skirts and dual radio antennas. Handsomely presented throughout and beautifully restored, this 1957 Bel Air convertible simply delivers both landmark styling and superior drivability.