1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Covertible

1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Covertible

 

Owner: Richard Achron

 

This eye-popping '57 Bel Air Convertible has got to be one of the most beautiful restorations we have ever done!


It was a favorite here at the shop, and we're sure it will be a favorite of yours, too.While the body has been restored to stock condition, with all the trim, it is a true hot rod underneath. The body rests on an Art Morrison frame with all the extras, and under the hood lies a limited edition 383c.i. crate motor rated at 460 hp. The rockets on the hood aren't just for show anymore.

The interior is not quite stock. The first improvement was the replacement of the front bench seat with a pair of buckets from glide engineering. Between them we have added a console with cup holders and a storage compartment. Oh, and we did it up in leather rather than the original vinyl.The dash is stock and has all the original trim. We did add an ididit tilt column though, and tucked a Vintage Air AC/heater unit up under there.A new set of gauges from Classic Instruments. These are specially designed for the Bel Air dash insert and include a multiple gauge set where the giant speedo use to be.Limited Edition Vic Edelbrock 383c.i. crate motor rated at 460 hp.The motor is equipped with a Vintage Air, "Front Runner" pulley bracket Kit. A large capacity aluminum radiator keep it all cool.Gear Star, Stage II 700R4 Transmissin w/Custom Torque Converter.

Here is a little background on this '57 from the owner....



The car was purchased in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada either late spring or early summer of 1966. I bought it from a fellow by the name of Bob McConnell for $1,100.00 and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka. I believe I was the third owner of the car. From what I was told, a doctor that lived on South Drive in Fort Garry (Winnipeg), bought the car new. Bob McConnell was the next person to own the car and then me."Originally it was a 6 cylinder with standard trans when new. Bob McConnell put a 283 c.i. motor in it, along with a Borg Warner T10 close ratio transmission. In the early 70's I built a strong 327c.i. motor (11.11 to 1 compression ratio), in my basement one winter. Four of us hauled it out in the spring and I dropped the motor in. I also had the car repainted and did some other work to it. A couple of times during my ownership I nearly sold the car, but didn't.What prompted me to redo the car was the fact that friends that I had grown up with, and were younger than me, were dying off. That is how the car came to wind up at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff to be redone. I wanted to get the car done and have the chance to enjoy it while I still could."