1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 Door Sedan Chevrolet designers were really hitting their stride in the mid 1950\'s with their Tri Fives, and you would arguably say the Magnum Opus was the last model of the Tri Five era, the 57 Chevrolet. So how exactly does one take this masterpiece of bowtie design, and take it one step further? Something to really end up with the pie\'ce de re\'sistance, and stand out from the crowd a bit, but all the while not ruining the original concept. Elvis Presley was lighting up the charts, drive-in movies were all the rage for more reasons than 1, and the poodle skirt had hit high schools across the country. And with this last year and considered the best year of the tri-five era, and the highest end model in the Bel Air. This one will not disappoint with all the right options, plenty of chrome trimmings, nice fins and wrap-around glass. Owned by our consignor for the last 51 years and always being garage kept, this icon of the 50\'s comes to us with an amazing 12 coats of lacquer paint for the miles deep black finish. Not to be outdone by the body is the nicely built V8 and 4-speed manual transmission under the hood. Also, we are rollin\' with polished 5 spoked American Racing wheels just to look even more cool! Exterior Folks, this one is all that and a bag of chips as they say with black painted steel slabs with no rust, but does present with a few inclusions, dings, paint bubbles, and scuffs. This finish is at the deep end of the pool with 12, count them again, 12 coats of lacquer paint being well applied by B&S Autobody in Fleetwood, PA. Then there are plenty of chromed bolt ons lighting up the front end, black rubber tipped dagmars, and a large chrome bumper on the bottom. A gold eggcrate grille, an upper chrome lip to follow the hood line, and a beautiful near perfect cloisonné Chevrolet multi-colored badge within the hovering grille bar. Also, on top, dual jet chromed inserts fly forward from the chrome window surround and are near perfect in condition. Dual chromed mirrors hang from the doors and are bordered by a long trim strip that starts just above the front quarters at the headlights and moves rearward and swoops downward and splits to reveal a horizontal ribbed panel to add some contrast to the rear quarter. Just beautiful. Small tasteful fins make up the top of the rear quarter, and are topped with chrome, and melt on top the rear tail lights as crescent moons with an oval rear backup light on the bottom. The gas filler cap is hidden within the trim for the rear taillight on the driver\'s side for you non 57 aficionados who are in need of a fill up. 15-inch polished American Racing Torque Thrust wheels are all around and are wrapped in black walls which look like new on the tread front. Also of note is the wrap-around glass for the front and rear glass. Interior A swing of the cool doors and we note gray background velour broadcloth with some snappy chrome dress up spears and black carpeting for the lowers. Add in some chrome for the cranks and actuators and a black padded armrest and we are ready to move inside. The gray velour broadcloth is showing some light soiling but still presents well. Moving to the front bench, which is split, we see more gray velour broadcloth with broad tuck and roll stitched pattern inserts with smooth bolster surrounds complete with a tastefully chrome trimmed tub. These seats show very well, with little to no wear and on the rear bench there is plenty of romper room and it sports the same plush pattern. The dash has become more square in its design but still has deep round silver painted metal bezels for the gauges. Streaking through the middle of the dash is a shiny mesh aluminum trim which breaks up all the silver painted metal. Residing within the mesh is the ignition, an aftermarket AM/FM/Cassette player, the factory clock and a gold Bel Air badge in grandmother\'s script. A LeCarra rally style steering wheel sits atop the
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