1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

283 V8 3 Speed Manual


283 V8 3 Speed Manual


Stock: #1311-TPA
Price: $66,000
Year Make Model: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Engine: 283 V8
Transmission: 3 Speed Manual
Mileage: 55,234 ( undocumented )
Body Style: Coupe
Exterior Color: Blue
Interior Color: Blue/Black

  • AM Radio
  • Cloth Interior
  • Hub Caps
  • Power Steering
  • Radial Tires
  • Seatbelts

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Gateway Classic Cars of Tampa is proud to offer this Hunter Blue 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. This sharp ’57 Chevy is ready to fill your garage with show trophies or even be cruised down the highway.

This 1957 Bel Air is complete and will fire right up with a simple turn of the key. Hunter blue with two tone blue and black cloth interior is styled to be period correct. The blue exterior stands out with golden accents on the front fenders and the grille. This ’57 is powered by a 283 V8 engine and a turbo-glide 3 speed manual transmission. This car comes with a period correct 3 on the tree shifting system. Brand new about 60 years ago this car had a sale price of $3,116.63 after tax! Upgrades from the factory included the transmission, Deluxe Heater, White wall tires, manual radio, back-up lights, bumper guards for the front and rear, electric covers, wheel spinners, door edge guard, and even body still molding. This car has been upgraded with power steering for a more enjoyable drive. The last owner of this car had it for almost 30 years and the quality shows. In 1957, Chevrolet started to add safety features such as "crash proof door locks "(first added in 1956), padded dash boards, safety-styled steering wheel with a recessed hub (though not as much as Ford's), seat belts(also first in 1956) and shoulder harnesses. However, unlike Ford, Chevrolet did not promote these safety features heavily.

1957 was also Chevrolet's first offering of a turbine transmission, known as the Turboglide. It was a design concept that Buick had developed with their Dynaflow transmission. However, due to a reliability reputation caused by its complexity, most automatic transmission buyers shunned the Turboglide in favor of the two-speed Powerglide that had been offered since 1950. At the time the Turboglide casing was the largest cast aluminum component ever put into mass production, but it never recovered from the reputation in 1957 and the option was discontinued in 1961. Manual transmissions were limited to three-speed, column shifted units (with synchromesh in second and third gear only). The Powerglide's shifter went P N D L R while the Turboglide's was P R N D Hr (although the 'Hr' was changed early in the production series to 'Gr'-Grade Retarder because of drivers' mistaken belief that 'Hr' meant High Range instead of the correct Hill Retarder.) An overdrive unit was available as an option on the three speed manually shifted transmission cars. Starting at the end of May 1957, a four speed manual transmission was also offered at an over-the-counter price of $188.00 but no installation kit (shifter and linkage) was ever offered by Chevrolet and, while an owner may have jury-rigged an installation in their own car, there is no evidence that any dealer ever actually installed the transmission in any car in 1957. A '57 equipped with this transmission mated to the 270 horsepower engine and limited slip differential was the one to beat on the drag strip and street into the early 1960s. This Hunter blue ’57 Bel Air is a piece of Chevrolet history and would be a great addition to any collection.

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is up for sale in our Tampa Showroom and can be viewed in greater detail including 100+ HD pictures and an HD video at For additional information, please call our knowledgeable staff at (813)645-6200 or email us at If you would like to see it in person, come to our Tampa Showroom, located at 351 30th Street NE Ruskin, FL 33570. Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM EST

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