Sunday, August 11, 2013

10k: Ubiquitous Hot Rod: 1957 Chevy, Some Assy Required

The 1957 Chevrolet is a car so synonymous with the American classic car and hot rod movement, that this writer knows a cheeky individual who calls every pre-1970 car a "57 Chevy."  When folks correct him and say things like, "actually that is a Chrysler New Yorker" he always replies, "oh yeah, but I believe the New Yorker was built on the '57 Chevy chassis."  For most folks, the delusions of Mr 57 Chevy is as close as they will ever get to owning a '57 Chevy, mostly because nostalginflation and greed has driven prices through the roof, but today's feature is an opportunity to own a icon for the price of the mundane.  Find this 1957 Chevrolet 210 for sale in Webb City, MO for the asking price of $8,500 via craigslist.  Tip from James C.

The two-ten model was the mid range '57 Chevy, slotting below the upscale Bel-Air, but better equipped than the base model one-ten.  The '57 Chevy is known for its large tail-fins and unique headlight treatment, accomplished by re-location of air-ducts to headlight pods.  The lower grill forms a wide-mouth for the ultimate "car face" and lets air in to cool the original 265 cubic inch V8 - which has been replaced with a 350 cubic inch small block V8, mated up to a 700r slushbox auto. 

The ratty exterior hides a rusty free frame and a few tricks under its sleeve.  We agree with tipper James who says:
"Although not 'finished' in any sense of the word, I would drive this (if I had the money to buy, and my wife wouldn't kill me from bringing home yet another car."

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  1. Originally posted on craigslist 7-28-13? I am shocked it is still available. If I was in the market for a 57 this would be on a trailer headed to FL today. And i agree - i'd drive it as is!

  2. I believe most small blocks were 283 by 57 the 55-56 were 265. Also the model 150 was cheapo model in this line up. I bought a 210 in better shape with no motor 2 door post for $200 yes many years ago.I also bought a 56 210 2dr hardtop 265 powerglide in H.S. I do like the 55-56 better then the 57 today.


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