1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 door sedan 283 power pack 3 speed from North America


Good quality interiors with solid door hinges and hardware, 283 power pack loves to rev!


Rear motor mounts broke under hard acceleration (the car was 35 years old at the time)

Needed the brake master cylinder and wheel cylinders replaced.

First gear wasn't synchronized (sucks), so replaced the 3 speed with a Saginaw 4 speed.

283 V8 needed rebuilt, but it ran so good I drove it a year before it had to be done. So pulled motor and did a full rebuild to stock. Ran very good.

Some rust in the rear quarters and lower front fenders otherwise just normal wear.

General Comments:

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 door sedan was faded original salmon pink with a white top. It had a black and silver interior in good original condition. I bought it in 1992, and it had sat in a pole barn for 20 years and had been moth balled, so no major mouse damage. The engine started after cleaning the gas tank. It had the famous power pack 4 barrel carb and it was fast. The engine loved to rev.

I loved the seat materials on this car, very classy and durable. The headliner was still in great shape as well as the carpet. The chrome is nice to look at, but expensive to redo. I just left the chrome alone and enjoyed the car as is. Electrical stuff worked, but seems weak, such as wipers and turn signals. This car's electrical system is original and old, but still works.

I liked the door hinges because they don't wear out, and the quality of the door handles and knobs is excellent.

The 3 speed manual was originally on the column but someone had put in a floor shifter. Coming up to a stop sign, you'd have to wait to come to a complete stop to get it into first. I swapped out the trans with a Saginaw 4 speed, with a much better synchronized first gear. It worked great, and made the car much more fun to drive.

I took my friend for a ride shortly after putting in the Saginaw 4 speed. I power shifted 2nd gear and the car burned rubber, but it also began to misfire. I drove home and had dad look at it. Dad noticed the distributor cap was broken. In fact the distributor was up against the firewall because the rear motor mounts broke, and the only thing holding the engine in the car was the distributor. Ha.

This was our family's 3rd Bel Air. The 1955 was a basket case we bought in 1981 for $500 and never got running. The yellow 57 Bel Air we had in Yuba City, California had dual 4 barrels and a 4 speed, then this pink 57 we bought in 92, but sold in 94. Great cars!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2011

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 215.5 cu in (3.5L) I6 from North America


Cheap, reliable, easy to maintain classic


Front end ball bearings had to be replaced at 125.000 miles.

Heater switches didn't work.

Dashboard clock didn't work.

Fuel gauge never worked.

Front end broke tie-rod ends at 155.000 miles.

Valve lifters were worn out after 140.000 miles, because no oil could get up to the valve heads. Had to blow out oil lines.

Headliner was gone.

General Comments:

The car ran excellent and the 2-speed powerglide transmission was really a dream. It would actually do 80 mph on the highway!

Not particularly safe nor comfortable, but hey, it's a classic!

Very reliable, and tough as nails.

Started in any type of weather, and never left me stranded anywhere, even though the fuel gauge didn't work.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th December, 2010

10th Apr 2013, 07:14

The 55 Chev is a true classic that looks awesome!

10th Apr 2013, 09:23

"2-speed powerglide transmission was really a dream."

- The Powerglide was THE WORST automatic transmission ever made!!! You have to be kidding when you wrote that.

10th Apr 2013, 15:52

My family owns a 1955 Pontiac that has been in our family for 58 years now. Like its sibling, the Chevy, it is super cheap and easy to repair and keep running. It had a ring job at 150,000 miles, but the original 4-speed hydramatic transmission has never been touched. It is 100 percent original including the upholstery (which has been covered for 57 years).

Although now only used rarely (it has been used in period movies), it is still an incredible car. The older GM cars were a joy to own, and are so easy to fix and find parts for.

11th Apr 2013, 23:56

The worst ever made? The 2-speed Powerglide was in production from 1950-1973, was proven to be very durable, and was and still is today being used as a race transmission in many modified cars.

12th Apr 2013, 15:41

23:56 is right. Although not a really good performance transmission in lower-powered cars, the two-speed power glide was a very durable transmission, and is to this day very popular in high-powered dragsters.

31st Dec 2016, 19:37

I had 3 of these and 2 64 Impalas over the years. Some were the SS including a Convertible version with a 4 speed. I miss that the most as well as a Wagon. The 62-63 are beautiful cars; the 64 more boxy. The fish scale SS trim is really great. Unusual in that you could start without a key or pull the key out while running. The Wagon had a rear facing seat. The seat would fold flat to the floor. Crank up the rear window.

The SS is fast in a straight and was certainly comfortable. Handling was only fair. These were great for family trips or the drive ins.

These cars are very simple to maintain. I would leave them stock personally. Not into hydraulics, lifts or crazy sound systems. I think the styling is absolutely great in its original form. Most are quite affordable today unless you are chasing after a 409 car.

1st Jan 2017, 14:52

The Biscayne, Belair and Impala are basically all the exact same car, just different trim levels. The number of tail lights is a big clue.