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Topless Classic: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

When we day dream about the various classics would all would love to have, we each have our own mental image of what they would look like. For some, when they dream of ’57 Chevrolets they see a Nomad in Tropical Turquoise or Matador Red with white accents. For me, I picture an Onyx Black convertible with a white and black interior. To be honest, it sort of looks like this one here on eBay! The interior isn’t the right color combo, but it’s close enough.

1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible Interior

Speaking of the interior, this one is extremely sun faded. I assume it is the red with silver pattern vinyl interior option. It does look complete, but is going to need everything replaced or refinished. Thankfully, parts are readily available for these, so it shouldn’t be much of an issue to restore this one to original or even make a color change if your so inclined!

1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible Engine

The engine is the 283 V8 with a Powerglide transmission. The seller claims they got the engine running and the car drives. It’s been parked since 1982, so it will likely need more work to make it a safe driver. With some work, this could be one sweet ride, but with a $35,000 asking price it’s going to have to be the car of your dreams! So when you picture a Tri-Five, what does it look like in your head?


  1. Keith

    Nice but he’s asking too much. (My opinion)

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  2. Vince Habel

    You would be underwater before you get started at that price.

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  3. Rick

    Rusty old car. Non-correct steering wheel (61 Impala?). Agree w/ both Keith and Vince.

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    • Jason Houston

      Steering wheel is from a 59-60 Chev.

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  4. rogerowen

    ‘Juke Box’ on wheels!

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  5. Gary

    The steering wheel is out of a ’59 Impala. A lot of the tri fives were mild customs back in the day and many used the later Impala wheel. My favorite year of the tri fives, but would rather have a Nomad. This ragtop has way too much rust for me.

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  6. Jason Houston

    Nothing – but NOTHING – tops a factory “black out, red in” car!

    If it’s as rust-free as a dry, Texas car should be, 35 Tall isn’t out of line. These once common cars have all but disappeared from the streets of America, and it’s unlikely many more unrestored ones are left in hiding.

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  7. Dolphin Member

    This might not be the car to buy, but these black over red ’57 convertibles always look real good to me.

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  8. piper62j

    Nope.. Asking too much.. Definitely a worthy project and great investment but at a much lower price tag..

    Someone will scoop this baby..

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  9. Mark S

    I think it’s a bit high too however the market will decide and there are those people out there that can afford the price of admission. Personally I’ve never really liked convertibles they usually have a crappy roof line when the top is up and bath tub floor wells when the top starts to fail. They’re usually heavier and they cost more to maintain. I personally like the hard top models not all that practical but way more style.

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  10. Evan Allen

    electric wipers, manual brakes, powerglide, newer steering wheel… I’d fix it up, but add some touches like power brakes.

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  11. John adams

    And power steeringtoo

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