1957 Chevrolet

1957 saw a facelift, more horsepower and tailfins for the “Sweet, Smooth and Sassy” Chevrolet. Basically a 1956 model with extensive sheet metal reworking giving a lower, longer look. Once again the models were divided up into 3 classes; 150, 210 and the top of the line Bel Air. All sported the new oval shaped grill with bomb like extensions at either end. Normally flat faced these could be fitted with rubber tip extensions.

A new transmission called “Turboglide” (paired with the V8 option) appeared later in the model year meaning that some earlier models still featured the “Powerglide” transmission.

The Blue Flame 140 six cylinder was still available together with 7 other engine/power options. The 265 ci was still available but only for stick shift and overdrive options. The rest were the new 283 ci. The top option sported 283 horse power and Chevrolet proudly announced this “one horse power per cubic inch” association.

One-Fifty (150)

The 150 was the plainest of the range. It had side spears that where reminiscent of the 1956 210 series. Interior was fairly basic with rubber flooring.

1957 One-Fifty Production Numbers

70774
Sedan 2-door
52266
Sedan 4-door
8300
2 Door Utility Sedan
14740
Handyman, 2 Door Wagon

Two-Ten (210)

The new 210s now had a full length sweeping side spear that branched off towards the rear to form a second molding that followed the contour of the rear fender. The 210 was much closer to the Bel Air because of this feature but apart from some extra interior options there was little extra difference above the 150 base model.

1957 Two-Ten Production Numbers

162090
Sedan 2-door
27803
Townsman, 4 Door Wagon
21083
Beauville, 4 Door Wagon
17528
Handyman, 2 Door Wagon
260401
Sedan 4-door
16178
Sport Sedan, 4 Door Hardtop
25664
Delray, 2 Door Club Coupe
22631
Sport Coupe Hardtop

Bel Air

The Bel Airs sport a silver anodized aluminium panel between the side moldings. Chevrolet Bel Air crests are also present on the rear fenders. Additional trim also included bright rocker panel moldings and three gold chevrons were found on the front fender. Interiors of Bel Airs also had carpets and several more, distinctive vinyl and patterned cloth combinations.

1957 Bel Air Production Numbers

62751
Sedan 2-door
27375
Townsman, 4 Door Wagon
6103
Nomad, 2 Door Wagon
166426
Sport Coupe Hardtop
254331
Sedan 4-door
137672
Sport Sedan, 4 Door Hardtop
47562
Convertible