LeMay Car of the Week: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

Chevrolet’s Bel Air was one of General Motors’ longest running full-size automobile lines, spanning 1950 to 1975, with Canadian-only models continuing until 1981. Changes came in fits and starts during the run of the line, with the 1957 engine, for example, adding a larger motor than previous models with its offering of a "Super Turbo Fire V8" option that produced 283 horsepower. The 1957 Bel Air is among the most recognizable American cars of all time; well-maintained examples, especially sport coupes and convertibles, are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. Prices run between $90,000 to $150,000 because of the auto’s prestige among collectors, for example. The cars are spacious yet fuel-efficient as well as have the signature tail fins and chrome that punctuated the era. Later versions, referred to as generations since there were eight major redesigns during the car’s life, would try to mark the designs of their era but none succeeded as well as the 1957 model. With its wide variety of body styles and models, Bel Airs could be optioned with almost every conceivable luxury within the Chevrolet line. It came in two-door coupe, hardtop and convertible models as well as four-door and four-door, hardtop and convertible models with three-speed manual or two-speed automatic transmissions.

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LeMay Car of the Week: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

Chevrolet’s Bel Air was one of General Motors’ longest running full-size automobile lines, spanning 1950 to 1975, with Canadian-only models continuing until 1981. Changes came in fits and starts during the run of the line, with the 1957 engine, for example, adding a larger motor than previous models with its offering of a "Super Turbo Fire V8" option that produced 283 horsepower. The 1957 Bel Air is among the most recognizable American cars of all time; well-maintained examples, especially sport coupes and convertibles, are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. Prices run between $90,000 to $150,000 because of the auto’s prestige among collectors, for example. The cars are spacious yet fuel-efficient as well as have the signature tail fins and chrome that punctuated the era. Later versions, referred to as generations since there were eight major redesigns during the car’s life, would try to mark the designs of their era but none succeeded as well as the 1957 model. With its wide variety of body styles and models, Bel Airs could be optioned with almost every conceivable luxury within the Chevrolet line. It came in two-door coupe, hardtop and convertible models as well as four-door and four-door, hardtop and convertible models with three-speed manual or two-speed automatic transmissions.

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