The production numbers are the best indicator of Chevy’s growing popularity. The Bel Air two-door sedan accounted for close to 63,000 units, while the 4-door sibling reached almost 255,000 cars.
The Bel Air th at we have here is a four-door sedan, and as you can easily tell by simply browsing the photos in the gallery, it doesn’t come in its best shape.
The most impressive tidbit is the engine under the hood. The Bel Air comes with a running V8, though on the other hand, we know little about this unit. There’s a chance, however, this is the original engine that was installed on the car back in 1957, and all of these make the Bel Air quite a solid candidate for a full restoration.
The 1957 Bel Air was offered with a mix of six-cylinder units and V8s. The standard unit was the 250 (4.0-liter) Blue Flame Six with 140 horsepower, while the base V8 was the 265 (4.3-liter) Turbo Fire V8 two-barrel and rated at 162 horsepower.
Chevrolet also offered several versions of the 283 (4.7-liter), with a fuel-injected variant added late in this model year with 283 horsepower.
This Bel Air is fitted with a 283, though the garage in charge of selling the car hasn’t provided any specifics on the version. Given its solid condition and the running engine, it makes sense for this Bel Air to come with a hefty price tag.
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