Sam Pack Collection

14-15 November 2014

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Lot 122

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

  • Chassis no. VC57S292913

Sold for $88,000


220 bhp, 283 cu. in V-8 with a single four-barrel carburetor, three-speed Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 transmission, independent front suspension via upper and lower wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with leaf springs, and power front disc brakes with rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.

  • Features modern performance and convenience upgrades; An ideal cruiser with a little extra grunt


Even though Chevrolet’s Bel Air was highly successful in 1956, Chevrolet decided to up the ante for 1957 by giving customers more power and updated styling, in an effort to keep one of America’s most beloved cars as fresh as possible. The Bel Air sat lower than it did in 1956, and when paired with minor redesigns to the front and rear end with Cadillac design cues, the 1957 Bel Air certainly had more of a presence than its predecessor. Not only did the design prove to be successful with the public when new, it is still just as eye-catching today, and it has always been a favorite with hot-rodders and customizers.

At first glance, the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible here looks no different than any other Bel Air that would have come off the line at one of the 12 factories where the car was produced. However, this example has received several upgrades, which includes the addition of power brakes with the front disc brakes, power steering, and a three-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 350 transmission with a lock-up converter, to improve its overall drivability.

Upon stepping inside, the first hint to the car’s hidden modifications is its modern aftermarket steering wheel with tilt-column. A modern radio with a cassette player has also been installed, along with a power convertible top. The trunk is fitted with a Continental kit at the rear, and it has more than enough room for a weekends worth of luggage. It is important to note that a manual steering rack is also included with the car, as is the original steering wheel and original Wonderbar radio. With its handful of improvements and a few added conveniences, this Bel Air is the perfect driver, and it seamlessly combines 1950s style with modern upgrades.

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

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
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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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
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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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

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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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

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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+1 617 513 0388
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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+1 954 566 2209
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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+1 519 352 4575
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

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
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

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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+1 805 231 6410
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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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
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

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+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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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
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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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
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. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
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

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+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