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Lot 104

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

  • Chassis no. VC57B212339

Sold for $82,500


283 cu. in. V-8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"



- Full photo-documented restoration completed in 2009

- Equipped with A/C and Powerglide automatic transmission



Chrome, jet-age styling and rising horsepower drove the American automotive market during the late 1950s, and no automobile combined these three elements better than Chevrolet’s 1957 Bel Air convertible. Its unique styling and distinctive interior and exterior trimmings gave the impression of speed even while the car was at rest, and a large (and growing) list of factory options provided buyers with an unprecedented opportunity to personalize their own Chevrolet.



By 1957, Chevrolet’s “small block” V-8 engine had grown to 283 cubic inches and offered several levels of tune. Choices ranged from the standard two-barrel unit with 185 hp to the “Super Turbo-Fire” or “Power-Pack” setup with 9.5:1 compression, a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust, all the way up to the dual-carburetor unit with 270 hp and the rare fuel-injected version with up to 283 hp – one unit of horsepower per cubic inch, a first for American passenger cars. Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell, and GM engineering guru Ed Cole produced a car sure to withstand the test of time, and with nearly 48,000 produced, the drop-top 1957 Bel Air was, and remains, a true icon of the American automotive industry.



In 2009, this exceptional 1957 Bel Air convertible received a complete, photo-documented frame-off restoration with only GM-approved parts used in the exacting process. Many steel parts were powder-coated for a long-lasting finish, including the frame and seat springs. All-new chrome brightwork and new trim pieces enhance the Bel Air’s timeless styling. In addition to its powerful four-barrel 283-cubic inch V-8 and Powerglide automatic transmission, the Bel Air includes air conditioning and such desirable period features as a “Continental” spare tire kit, rear-fender skirts and dual radio antennas. Handsomely presented throughout and beautifully restored, this 1957 Bel Air convertible simply delivers both landmark styling and superior drivability.

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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

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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

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... 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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Ontario, Canada

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

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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

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