eBay Listing: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Eric Clapton once sang, “I get off on ‘57 Chevys, I get off on screaming guitars.” We like to think that Clapton was singing about the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, or Chevrolet’s lower specification 150/210 models because they epitomize cars harkening from that classic era. For many enthusiasts, ‘57 Chevys represent GM’s predecessor to the 60s/70s muscle car. Sure it wasn’t as small a vehicle as the later 1964 Pontiac GT0, but it had V8 power to spare and it was successful in the early days of stock car racing. And, it was the sort of car that the average “Joe” could appreciate.
The Bel Air wasn’t as opulent as the 1955-1959 Cadillacs, but many, at the time and even later, thought that it was close in terms of styling. Undoubtedly, that kind of styling brings people into showrooms, which was a good thing to shoot for in a middle market range. Evidentially the Chevrolets from the same period had that type of style.
Now back to Clapton’s point of “getting off on 57’ Chevys,” which could mean a lot of things but we venture a guess that it meant something stirred in his soul when taking in the grandeur of a 1957 Chevrolet 150/210. It was the pinnacle of the tri-five Chevys which were built from 1955-1957, with dagger-like fins and a toothy grinning grille, it just looked mean sitting still. What more could you want?
This particular 1957 Bel Air is one of the ultimate classic Chevrolets to own due to it being a convertible model with Bel Air-Trim. The white wall tires on red and white paint just make this car pop in a 1950’s kind of way. It reminds us of a simpler time in American life – the music of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, or Elvis Presley, drive-in diners, and hula-hoops. A time when gas was cheap and the possibilities for the future seemed endless. Nowadays, clean, nearly all-original examples like this car, are far and few in between.
This ’57 Bel Air has “Rock ‘N’ Roll” heart — a great car design that stirs something in the heart and soul just like music. It gives drivers and onlookers that inexplicable feeling of inner chaos. We believe this “Happy Days” era convertible does that and more because it is an embodiment of 1950’s American Spirit: style with power, and a great deal of heart. That is what makes the ‘57 Chevy great.
Capture your heart of rock and roll. Bid on this frame-off restoration 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible HERE before the auction closes on Sep 24, 2013 11:38:16 (PDT). Extensive photo gallery and video embedded on the listing page.