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Lot 213

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 'Fuel-Injected' Convertible

  • Chassis no. VC57L139902

Sold for $99,000


250 bhp, 283 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and power hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.

  • America’s favorite collector car
  • 250-brake horsepower fuel injection engine
  • Show-quality restoration


In the 1950s, American car designs typically ran in three-year cycles. Usually, by the third year of a design, the car was in need of freshening. The 1957 Chevy, however, has been the exception that disproved the rule. Changes from 1956 lowered the whole car through a combination of smaller wheels and body modifications, and the nose and tail were updated with Cadillac cues, resulting in what some call a “baby Eldorado.” The V-8 was bored an eighth of an inch to 283 cubic inches, available in six stages of tune. At the top of the chart was the Corvette V-8 with 10.5:1 compression, whose Rochester fuel injection developed the magic one horsepower per cubic inch. Four-speed transmissions had yet to reach Chevrolet’s passenger car option list, so the sole transmission choice for this engine was a column-shifted heavy-duty three-speed.

Although Ford marginally outsold Chevrolet for the 1957 model year, it’s the “five-seven” that has stolen the hearts of the collector community. There’s a broad consensus that despite its status as an “old design,” the ’57 Chevy is just right in that it looks as fresh today as it did 55 years ago.

This 1957 “fuelie” convertible was the subject of a correct, frame-off restoration to show-quality standards by well-respected experts Legendary Motorcars of Milton, Ontario, Canada. 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 shows fewer than 600 miles since restoration. Beautiful in black, with a red and white interior, the car has a superbly straight body and exhibits extraordinary panel fit. The black convertible top fits well. A clean and highly detailed engine compartment and equally impressive undercarriage complement the outstanding exterior.

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 on the concours field or on the open road with the top down.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 9... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. He is a life-long automobile enthusiast and ... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Ian Kelleher

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California, United States

Ian Kelleher began his automotive career immediately following his graduation from Oberlin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Politica... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Konrad Trapler

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+1 808 754 0360
Ontario, Canada

Konrad Trapler joined RM Sotheby’s as a Car Specialist in the fall of 2016.

 

A lifelong auto enthusi... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. He att... read more

Peter Wallman

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United Kingdom

Peter Wallman joined RM Europe in 2007 following nearly two decades in the international advertising industry, where he was based out ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more