There is one car that impresses everyone from concours judges to vintage enthusiasts, and this is it. The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air with fuel injection. These Fuelies were expensive, and thus, rare. So when looking for one of these few legendary hardtops, you don\'t just want the paint to be award-worthy, but also for the details to all match the factory standards. That\'s why this one only impresses the deeper you dig into its details.
The factory-correct two-tone presentation couldn\'t signal a more iconic American appearance unless we place an apple pie in between the jet fin trim on the hood. But the appeal of this one goes much deeper. You can tell that the India Ivory and Onyx Black was laid down with an exceptionally impressive care. It\'s a labor-intensive process that combines smoothing the bodywork, adding the correct layers, and a finely sanding and polishing until the whole car has the butter-smooth finish that will live up to your nostalgia. And when this much was invested in the paint and body, only the best brightwork will do. Up front, the bumpers and the other intricate trim has been refinished to award-worthy standards. And of course, all of the gold anodized pieces are bright and correct. As you review the sweeping full-length trim that neatly integrates into the iconic tailfin rear end, don\'t let those desirable racing flags on the fender distract you from inspecting the overall the quality. Everything on this car has been scrutinized to make sure that the gaps are tight and the trim lines up to appear like unbroken lines. That\'s why we know you could pick this one up on a Saturday and fill the trunk with awards on Sunday.
Inside, you\'ll find one of the most striking factory color combinations. The black coated fabric insert on the seats, door panels, and carpeting bridge the look between the exterior and interior. That\'s now joined by a vivid red and terrific details, like the button-top finish of the seats. In total, it has an eye-catching uniform appearance that makes you proud to show this pillarless hardtop off to the world. And just like the exterior, all the details have been scrutinized during restoration. The date-correct glass is crystal clear; the AM radio is correct and cranking out tunes; the trim is mirror-like; and the gauges have been refurbished to stay sharp. And we know you love all the reproduction tags that remind you this correct coupe has been restored to feel factory fresh.
This was born a fuel-injection coupe, and today it retains a correct FJ block that all stamping dates point to being original to the car. And while the motor is the core to long-lasting value, the reason why this one will always be a top attention-grabber is because the level of detail seen on the interior and exterior is continued under the hood. This car was built in April 1957, and the motor and fuel injection system are date coded to April 1957, too. Even the distributor, fuel pump, generator, and other major components have been verified to fit in this car\'s timeline to backup this car\'s highly original presentation. In fact, the consignor says $40,000 alone was spent on the mechanical and electrical restoration. And of course, all the particulars are exactly what you want. From the Chevrolet script on the valve covers, to the AC decal on the Fuelie\'s specific intake, to the radiator tag - it\'s a stellar presentation. And don\'t forget to look at the undercarriage photos where the fresh presentation and correct red oxide is award-worthy all on its own. If you take this one out on the road, it will feel like a high power time machine. The instant response of the fuel injection combines with the power steering, reear sway bar, and Powerglide transmission to create the kind of feeling that lets you know what a 1950s executive express is truly like.
There\'s so much more to talk about on a vehicle that is authentic right down the wheel covers and whit
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