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Year
1957
Make
Chevrolet
Model
All Of Them
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'57 #1 (My very first car)
A 1957 BelAir 2-door Hardtop I've owned since july, 1972. Got it as my high school graduation present from my parents when I was 14 years old. They paid $150 for the car and my father had to drive it home for me. He laughed all the way home at the car and me.
I drove the car a few years with a '68 327, headers, stock Q-jet carb, Saginaw 4-speed out of a Vette, stock rear w/3:55 gears. Interior was black diamond tuff w/bucket seats and center console. Wheels were SS Cragars and lakewood traction bars.
I tore the car apart in 1987 planning a frame off restoration in a year's time. Nice plan....... till I got fired from my job after 8.5 years. Fast forward to today the car is still in pieces which is killing me. I plan to at least work on it some this year being the 50th anniversary of the '57 Chevy.

'57 #2
My 210 4-door Sedan I've owned since august, 1975. I paid $100 ($80 of which I had to borrow from my parents) for the car and drove it home with 45,000 miles on it's original 283 and poweglide trans with stock 3:36 rear.
Some of the toys is has are: compass, 3rd note horn, underdash courtesy lights, fingernail guards, cigarette lighter, glove box light, and e-brake warning light.
It's been a great car for me in the past 32 years.
Right now she has 81,000 original miles on her.

'57 #3
My other BelAir 2-door Hardtop. I got the car in january,1980 from a guy I went to high school with. Paid $150 for it and had to have it trailored home. The 283 engine was locked up.
It sat in the drive going through many changes till 1990-91 when I painted it myself original colors of Dusk Pearl/Impreial Ivory.
It has a built up small block in it with Muncie "Rockcrusher" 4-speed, V-gate shifter and stock rear.
It has bucket seats in it with an original BelAir Hardtop interior I bought from a buddy who bought a repo interior for his car.
The car has custom made SS Cragars on it with BFG T/A radials, lakewood traction bars, and air shocks.

'57 #4
My windowed Sedan Delivery. Said to be 1 of 92 built in 1957 by Chevy. (Note: I'm just as guilty of propogating this rumor as anyone)
The Delivery was pulled from a field near the OH river in southern IN by a guy in the mid 1970s. He said he drove it as his every day vehicle for a few years till he traded even up for a '72 Charger.
It had a 1960 235 6 cylinder under the hood with original 3-speed manual transmission and stock rear.
Interior is white with the original bench seat (rare for a Sedan Delivery).
I've tried to keep it as original as possible. Something you don't see with a Delivery let alone a windowed Delivery.

'57 #5
My 150 Handyman Wagon. I bought in march, 1988 as a B-day present to myself from a guy I've been friends with since we were kids.
It has a late 1960s 350 in it with Q-jet carb, 1970s long tail Muncie 4-speed, Hurst comp shifter, stock rear with 3:55 gears, BFG T/A radials. Black interior with bucket seats.

'57 #6
A 210 2-door Sedan DelRay. I got the car in october, 2004 for $300. The guy I bought it from said it was his very first car he got in 1975. It hasn't seen the road in 30 years but I plan on changing that.
The only thing I didn't get for $300 was an engine. It did come with a Muncie 4-speed.
Strangely my parents gave me the $$$ to buy an engine. I found a guy parting a '79 Camaro and got the 350 engine w/350th trans, the headers, drive shaft, engine compartment wiring and some small parts all for $300. Now to get it in the car.



I have owned 3 other '57s over the years. One I wished I still owned.

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rj: do you have a picture of that third note horn and possibly a number on it?
 
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