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Barn Icon: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Over the past century, Chevrolet has produced many iconic vehicles. One of the most recognizable of these icons has to be the 1957 Chevy Bel Air. It must have been a rush to find this pink ’57 two door. The seller found this car parked in Kansas, bought it, did some work to it, and has now decided to let it go. The car is now in Winona, Minnesota and can be found here on eBay.

The Bel Air was one of Chevy’s more upscale vehicles and was offered with a variety of options. Engine options included a six cylinder, a 265 cui V8, and a 283 cui V8 with a variety of carburetor configuration and even fuel injection. This car still has its original 283 V8 with a rebuilt four barrel carburetor, which is good for about 220 hp. The seller has already done the necessary mechanical work to get the car running and they claim it drives well.

The inside of this car looks solid, but needs some work. The floors are starting to show rust, but we couldn’t find any holes or serious spots in them. After a good cleaning and a set of new carpets, this interior would look fantastic. We aren’t sure if this interior is completely original or not, but it looks good.

As you can see, this car is still wearing its original paint, but has rust in the rockers. These cars are in high demand and this one looks like it would make for a great starting point for a project. We don’t know what the seller has set their reserve at, but bidding is starting at $200 and hopefully the reserve is low. Which body style do you like better? The two door coupe, convertible, or the Nomad Wagon?


  1. Faygo

    Grandma had one, black four door with the silver inserts. Little did I know then . . .
    This one looks eminently restorable, and anything under 10 grand would be reasonable.

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  2. Horse Radish

    With all the cars that I like, luckily this isn’t one of them (price tag).

    Looks like a doable project.

    I just don’t get these photos of a trunk with the floor matte (tatty, at that).
    Is that matte so great or are you hiding rust ?

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  3. jbalz

    I love the two door coupe……but on the other hand who can resist a sweet nomad???

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  4. Bill Paulson

    Gimme a ragtop in Matador Red with a white top. The look of the topdown convertible with those iconic fins is unbeatable. A tight-fitting boot is mandatory, as well as fender skirts, but, please, leave off the continental kit.

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  5. JP

    Love the coupe, but given the choice I’d go with the Nomad. Very cool way to haul the music gear around…

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  6. Europa TC

    These, along with many others during this era are on their way out. Old guys get mad at me when I bring this up.

    These cars are big (to big), and are boats (that’s being polite). As the lovers of these cars die off, there is little desire of the young to own one. If you follow cars from the twenties, thirties and on, you can see what I mean. Go to an auto swap……….look at the sea of gray, bent over with knurled knuckles……….

    I live in SoCal…….the so-called capital of cars. Youngins’ want Subies with 300 plus h.p and all wheel drive or Hondas Si………..

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    • Chuck

      You like the “rice burners” with coffee a can exhaust pipe that sounds like a ‘hopped up” sewing machine. Eat some spinach & maybe some day you can handle a real car.

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    • Russ

      Every time I hear one of those sh*tboxes with a fart cannon blasting out the back all I can think of is some guy running an outboard motor in a 55 gallon drum.

      Europa, you will be lucky to live long enough to be one of those old gray haired guys, so some young punk can talk sh*t about you too and insult your cookie cutter sheet metal buzz box.

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    • Otis

      That’s funny, because the last time I checked the cars rolling off of the assembly lines that are most popular this day in age are the enormous clunky frumpy heavy SUV’s and Trucks…….. I don’t know why it’s so hard for you to understand that the heaviest cars in the history of motoring are being manufactured as we speak. The GMC Yukon Denali weighs between 7,000 and 7,300 pounds. I drive a 1986 Monte Carlo SS with around 190 horsepower and it accelerates and goes faster than the brand new frumpy clunky SUV’s and Trucks rolling of the lines as we speak. And as far as horsepower goes, the 1957 Buick weighed less than the most popular cars today and had 300 horsepower so I don’t understand why you think all of a sudden classic cars like this Bel Air are on their way out.

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  7. Al Neri

    Great looking car but I the 150 model remains my favorite because of its minimalist feel.

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