Recently we’ve come across several 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air and we just found another one. This one was put in storage in 1979 and was just recently pulled from its barn. The owner has already gotten it running and driving, but has decided to sell it. It can be found here on eBay with a BIN of $20,000.
This two door Sport Coupe is very original and still even wears its original Canyon Coral and India Ivory paint. It has plenty of dents, dings and a couple rust spots, but is solid overall. The original trim is looking great, but could use a good polishing. Hopefully the rust can be fixed or treated without damaging the original paint.
The interior is also original, but needs attention. The seats and carpet need replacing, as do the door panels. The seller is including a replacement kit, which contains new seat covers, material to recover the doors, and a new headliner. They claim the original headliner is still in great shape, so we would hold back on replacing it.
Unlike the other Bel Airs we’ve found, this one isn’t powered by a V8, but by GM’s 235 cui Blue Flame inline six. This is the same engine that was in the early Corvettes, but produced less power. This engine was rated at 136 hp, which is considerably less than the 283 V8. We are surprised that someone hasn’t already pulled the original engine out and swapped it with a V8.
While it would be great to have a V8, we hope the next owner will keep this car original. We would focus on fixing any major issues and just enjoy this car as is. The seller’s asking price seems high to us, but Bel Airs in this condition are getting hard to come by. Would you leave this car as is or would you drop a V8 in it?