This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door “Post” is powered by a rebuilt 4-barrel 283ci V8 paired with a GM 4-speed, floor mounted transmission from a later Chevrolet. The Chevy was purchased by the current owner in 2017. The car retains its factory issued Tropical Turquoise with a white top. The interior is custom, finished in grey vinyl and tweed. This 4th-generation Bel Air shows approximately 690 miles and is offered with a clear California title in the seller’s name. Due to the age of the car, actual mileage is unknown.
This V8 is fitted with Powerpack heads an aftermarket Holley 4-barrel carburetor and several other engine bay upgrades including: a larger BeCool aluminum radiator, upgraded power braking system including dual master cylinder and front disc brakes, chrome air cleaner, aluminum valve covers, and an Optima battery. The M20 transmission is from a later model.
The interior seats, door panels, dash and other interior components have been refurbished. Seating surfaces and door panels are finished in a combination of grey vinyl and tweed cloth materials. The dash remains in largely stock configuration including an original speedometer, clock, fuel & temperature gauge, and heater controls. A Chevy logo push button radio resides in the stock radio opening with a later model JVC AM/FM CD player in a custom housing located on the passenger side of the dashboard. Other upgrades include a floor mounted later GM 4-speed transmission coupled to a Hurst shifter and shift knob. Other improvements include vintage wooden steering wheel, replacement carpeting with floor mats, seat belts for six passengers, and rear package shelf mounted 6”x9” speakers.
The trunk is very clean and has a spare covered by a chrome and body color spare cover, rubber mat, and factory jack. The inside of the trunk is painted body color, and free from signs of accident damage or rust.
This fourth-generation Bel Air shows approximately 690 miles and is offered with a clear California title in the seller’s name. The seller indicates that 2,500 miles have been added during his ownership during the past 5 years.
The respray was applied approximately 25 years ago, and imperfections include chipping on various panels that can be seen in the photos. The chrome and stainless trim is reportedly original to the car (aside from the rear bumper which is newer) and remains in nice condition reflecting the patina of a well-maintained, long-time California car. Chrome accents include dual rear antennas and dual exhaust.
The car sits on 5-spoke chrome wheels wrapped in 13 year-old BF Goodrich T/A tires in front and 17 year old Goodyear Eagle GT II out back.
The braking system has been upgraded to include a dual power master cylinder with front disc and rear drum. The chassis reflects the cars long time history in California with solid, rust-free floor pans, chassis member, and other undercarriage components. Chassis reinforcement has been done in the right rear where the bumper meets the frame. It was done long ago and has held up well (see pictures). While the underside is generally in stock configuration, more free-flow mufflers are in place along with a front “Sport Suspension” sway bar by Hotchkiss.