Sporting impressive turquoise aesthetics, a correct 283/2-speed drivetrain and a thorough, frame-off restoration, this Bel Air is the kind of well-done classic that goes above and beyond the nearly universal appeal of a stock model. If you’re considering a show-stopping tri-five, why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars building a similar car when you can take home this completed masterpiece for a fraction of the money? Even before it was the subject of a comprehensive, frame-off restoration, conducted by Chevy specialist Bob Phelps, this Bel Air was bestowed the prestigious Senior Award from the Antique Automobile Club of America. Since that body-off reboot, which was completed in 2006, the car has left climate-controlled storage for just 180 miles of sunny, weekend cruising. And today, this drop-top rolls as one super cool classic that, thanks to its spectacular combination of color and trim, has an absolutely magnetic presence! In the late ’50s, Chevrolet’s 283 cubic inch Super Turbo Fire V8 was a common choice for factory GM performance. And with an advertised 220 horsepower, it’s an impressive piece even in today’s world of 300 horsepower grocery getters. Behind that mill, a correct Powerglide 2-speed twists torque to a correct, posi-traction rear end that’s fitted with moderate, 3.42 gears. Lucid power steering provides modern turning characteristics. Confident stops come courtesy of power drum brakes. And power meets the pavement thanks to Tropical Turquoise steelies, which spin 7.50-14 BF Goodrich Silvertown whitewalls around ornate spinner hubcaps. From its sweet 283 to its amazing interior, every piece of this Bel Air shows as though it was the priority of the build. If you’re in the market for a well-executed copy of America’s most iconic automobile, call, click or visit for your chance to own this killer ’57 Chevy!
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States