Blacked Out! 1957 Chevy Bel Air

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For my money, I love a black hot rod with plain wheels and no frills. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good chromed set of wheels, but there’s something about a car like this 1957 Chevy that says “I’m not afraid.” It can be found here on eBay with a current bid of $28,000. Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the seller doesn’t say much about the car other than it starts right up, drives nice, and is solid. Take a look and let me know if you would do anything to dress up this car.

The upholstery is all-black with an awesome diamond pattern which includes the door panels and both the front and rear seats. The car is a real Bel Air hardtop, which is a great model for a car like this. If the new owner wants to restore it, they have a great base to start with.

The engine compartment is a little dirtier than what I was first imagining by the exterior of this car, but maybe it’s just good ol’ Oklahoma dust. The engine is a 350 backed by a 4-speed transmission. The seller doesn’t say much about the drive train, but you can see it has some go-fast bolt-0ns like the finned valve covers, aluminum intake, and air cleaner. The fuel filter looks new too, so I’m hoping the fuel system is in good shape.

Overall, this is a pretty cool car. The new owner could certainly bolt on a different set of wheels and tires and completely transform the look of the car. If it was mine, I might throw some small chrome hubcaps on the black steel wheels and call it good, how about you?

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  1. bobhess bobhessMember

    Only good thing about the wheels is you can see a lot of rusty hubs behind them. I may be needing new glasses but the lower part of the front bumper looks to be painted with spray can chrome. We use it on the fiberglass bumper on the front of one of our race cars and it looks real similar to what’s on this Chevy. Also looks like the across the border trip was made for that interior. Lot of California cars with that type interior. Si Senor!

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    • angliagt angliagtMember

      We used to call that paint “Mexican Chrome”.
      Not sure you can say that nowadays.

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      • Yyzed

        Lol!! Probably right, maybe “Kentucky chrome” can still get a chuckle.

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  2. bobhess bobhessMember

    Listing pulled from Ebay.

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    • Gary

      Says here 13hrs left on auction

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      • bobhess bobhessMember

        Correct. It’s back on.

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  3. CadmanlsMember

    Not a jewel, but it looks like a good foundation for a build. I know everyone wants to restore an old car, but I don’t want to ruffle anybody’s feathers. You buy it do what you please, but it has some issues. Nothing that a teardown and build couldn’t fix. Body looks solid and it’s pulled. New owner already?

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  4. Joe Haska

    I like to think I am the car wispier and cars speak to me. This one is saying NO WAY I will be a big problem.

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  5. Jon B Koonce

    What that car needs is a lifted straight axle in the front and get rid of the bumper

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  6. Gary

    You are right Montana, a set of poverty caps and you are all set. Clean up the engine compartment and drive it.

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  7. Jay E.Member

    Wouldn’t change a thing. Some really neat ’57’s are coming up for sale at reasonable prices. Even back in the day the Mexico interiors were not cheap. It looks really good and I’d keep it. The 3/4 view from the rear is really a great look and I can just imagine the long smokey burnout behind the car. I’d love to add this to my garage. Can’t go wrong with a blacked out 350/350 ’57 hardtop Chevy!

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  8. Paul D Jordan

    Just because I have a set of proper hub-caps from my last ’57 left over when I sold it, this car REALLY appeals to me.Sadly, over my years of experience, it would be far cheaper to buy a mint condition one than to build one up.

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  9. Will Fox

    Oh look, another rolling cliche…..SMH

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    • 427Turbojet 427TurbojetMember

      A LOT of people like these “rolling cliches”. Sold for $33,100. 57s aren’t my favorite either, but they are probably the favorite or at least in the top 10 of favorite collector cars.

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  10. Fred

    Drives nice? But not far…..missing fan belt

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  11. robt

    All good except, get rid of that air cleaner and the plastic wiring covers.
    But, is it actually a runner? Good catch Fred, where’s the fan belt?

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    • Jon Koonce

      He’s got a video link in the eBay listing with the engine running. Not sure what the make of the belt missing

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  12. ImpalaSS

    Sold for $33,100.

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  13. Bob

    Nope!! Keep it as it is. Love the fuzzy dice. Nice touch! True American hot rod!

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  14. 64 Bonneville

    Thank Gawd! no Continental Kit, no skirts, and for crying out loud LOOSE the fuzzy dice! Car is good as it sets, drive it and enjoy it. could be a bear with no power steering or power brakes, which most folks are used to. I’ve seen this car around Tulsa, has a good sound to a stock 350, and the 4 speed makes it my ideal of old school. (Would prefer a 327 instead of the 350, though)

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    • Col.Hogan

      Even the 283 would be a lot more interesting. Enough w/the 350s already!

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  15. Donnie

    I’d add chrome reverse wheels and a nasty, thumping cam. Cool.

    Like 1

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