Chevrolet Bel Air
An incredibly rare Fuel Injected version of the legendary Cevhy Bel Air, finished in Red over Red.
"Sweet, Smooth, and Sassy! Going places in a glamorous new way," was how Chevrolet described its new 1957 models. Ad copy went on to say, "goes 'em all one better-with exciting new looks . . . zippy new power . . . luxurious new interiors."
The "zippy new power" was perhaps the biggest news in the form of a larger-displacement 283-cubic inch V-8 engine in six variations, offering anywhere from 185 to 283 horsepower and available in any Chevrolet. Variations included traditional two- and four-barrel carbureted versions, dual four-barrel systems with either hydraulic or solid valve lifters, and a first-ever fuel-injected version. Chevrolet proudly proclaimed its Rochester Ramjet fuel-injection as the "most far-reaching engine improvement in the entire industry." Noted by the crossed flags emblem on the front fenders, the high-priced option vastly improved engine performance and foretold the future as fuel-injection gradually became commonplace and ultimately, a standard feature on all automobiles.
While cleverly using essentially the same car underneath as its 1955 and 1956 models, styling was updated with a new look, front and rear. Bel Air models received a trendy gold anodized grille and "Bel Air" bodyside script. Hoods were decorated with wind-split ornaments in place of a traditional single ornament, and "Dagmar" bumper guards mimicked those on pricey Cadillacs. At the rear were true tail fins-the only vertical tail fin to appear on a Chevrolet. The public agreed, too, as total model year production reached 1,515,177 units, of which 702,220 were Bel Air models, including 47,562 convertibles. Despite being America's low-price leader, nearly half of all Chevrolets sold were top-of-the-line models.
Built at the Janesville plant, the example we're offering is finished in the iconic Matador Red paint, complete with the highly sought after 4-speed manual transmission and original Wonderbar Radio unit. The car has benefited from a one of a kind, frame-off restoration which has left it looking factory fresh and running perfectly.