Worth $2k? 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Project

While messing around the house yesterday, shiftless and without direction as usual, I stumbled across a copy of the movie “Used Cars.”  The story of competing used car dealerships owned by two feuding brothers, this car movie classic is a must see for any car buff.  One of the best scenes contains a wild test drive in a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air coupe.  While the car in the movie was a two door sedan, this 1957 Chevrolet two door sport coupe for sale on craigslist in Pelham, New Hampshire is a kissing cousin.  The movie car was in great shape until the test drive, but the car we see in these two pictures needs a lot of work.  The good news is that the seller is letting it go for a reasonable sum.  Is the $2,000 asking price just low enough for one of you to start its path to being on the road again?  Thanks go to AMX Brian for the tip!

As usual for a craigslist ad, this listing is short on both pictures and description.  All we know is that it is a 1957 Bel Air for parts, rebuild, or rebody.  We are also told it is the right VIN for a restomod project and it comes with a New Hampshire bill of sale.  My guess is that the seller is telling us that the VIN number is present, and that the amount of missing parts would kind of push you into the direction of making a restomod out of it.  Fair enough.  There are enough aftermarket parts being made for 55-57 Chevrolets, that you could go any direction you wanted with this car.  A period gasser might be another direction to head.

From what we can see in the pictures, there is a fair amount to work with.  The body panels don’t look too far gone.  All the glass is there with the exception of the driver’s door glass.  It may just be rolled down in the picture.   Furthermore, the windshield and window trim is intact and looks to be in good shape.  The car even has a set of aftermarket wheels on it.  I wish I could say that the bumpers, grille, and body trim were present.  Maybe if you call the seller, you might find that the stuff is still around.  It looks like a parts car, but it is a fairly rare body style to use for that purpose.

We at Barn Finds have seen cars in worse shape fixed up and out again on America’s highways.  It just takes some determination and dedication, along with all of your spare cash for a long time.  Once again, parts are plentiful and you can build this one up exactly how you’d like it.  From mild to wild, this could be a cool project.

Whatever you do, don’t let someone test drive it when you are done!


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  1. bobhess bobhess Member

    Two pictures, no information, for 2K? I’d just as soon give the money to the Red Cross for Bahama relief.

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  2. Rex Kahrs Member

    Oooh, a ’57 Chevy!

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  3. TimM

    It sure would be nice to actually see the motor the interior and maybe the trunk floor!!! Talk about a vague listing!! Is it automatic or a three speed??? Is the original six cylinder in it???? Has it been upgraded to a V-8???? Is there a motor and transmission at all???? Just a couple of simple questions I’m sure most buyers might want to know!!!!

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  4. Chris M.

    Ahhh, but fear not! It’s got ” the right VIN for a resto mod project! ” Need we know any more than that savory detail?

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  5. Superdessucke

    A quick cost-benefit analysis indicates that the answer to your question is absolutely bleepin’ not.

    Like 4
  6. Classic Steel

    1957 nopost with No info

    Just sounds like aline from
    used cars movie 👀👍

    Fyi “There’s no better time to buy a used car!”

    “We knew it had that problem. That’s why it’s priced so low.”

    Also Bargain Day baby…

    This baby is perfect baby 👶

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  7. Benjy58

    It’s like buying a pig in a poke literally. Pig being the operative word.

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  8. Jack Quantrill

    Let it stay in the jungle! Who knows what lurks inside that thing.

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  9. stillrunners Stillrunners Member

    For the price worth a look….and is that yellow paint under that blue paint…..oh no that’s just primer.

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  10. Chebby Staff

    On a trailer that’s also been abandoned in the jungle. What a treat!

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  11. Howard Collins

    in 1978 I sold a 57 Bel Air hard top body with almost 0 rust in the body for 400.00. This car is worth the4 asking price

    Like 1

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