Chevrolet Bel Air 

  • $50k built in U.S.A.
  • 1957
  • 140 HP 3.9L
  • 91 mph
It was flashy, bearing a two-tone paint scheme as well as a beautifully tailored, two-tone interior.
by Top Speed (May, 2007)
Chevrolet’s styling was considered crisp and clean.
by Top Speed (May, 2007)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Chevrolet Bel Air


Bel Air
15.1 s
Corvette Z06
3.6 s
8.1 s

Top speed

Bel Air
91 mph
Corvette Z06
198 mph
106 mph

1/4 mile

Bel Air
20.4 s
17.6 s

Data points Key details of the Chevrolet Bel Air


Bel Air


Bel Air
140 HP
Corvette Z06
500 HP
315 HP

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the car

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Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe
When fitted to the standard 8.5:1 compression heads, it was still good for an impressive 250hp.
Bel Airs were available in seven different models and were trimmed with anodized aluminum on the rear body side panels.

Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
The same preparation can be seen in the engine compartment, wherein resides a 265 CI Power Pack small block V-8.
Chevrolet’s most iconic Fifties offering is deservedly finished here in equally iconic two-tone Turquoise and White and perfectly complemented with a White top and wide Whitewall tires.

Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
This particular convertible serves as a perfect illustration of why the Bel Air has earned such distinction.
The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air stands comfortably among the most important icons of American design.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air - Top Speed
It was flashy, bearing a two-tone paint scheme as well as a beautifully tailored, two-tone interior.
Roomy, fuel-efficient, and with tastefully restrained use of tail fins and chrome, they are seen by many as vastly superior to the oversized and overdecorated full-size models that would roll out of Detroit for the next 20 years.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Chevrolet
Price $49,900
Year 1957
Highest auction price $372k, January 2005
City mileage 9 MPG
Highway mileage 16 MPG


Chief designer Harley Earl
Chief engineer Ed Cole
Platform GM B
Generation Second Generation
Body style Coupe
Top type Hard fixed


Transmission make GMC Syncro-Mesh 3-speed manual
Drivetrain 2WD
Shift system Manual
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 3 gears
Gear ratios
  1. 1: 2.94:1
  2. 2: 1.68:1
  3. 3: 1:1
Axle ratio 3.7:1
Paddle shifters N/A

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Coil Springs, Independent
Rear suspension Leading arm, Independent
Front brakes Drum
Rear brakes Drum
Front tires Chevrolet 7.50 - 14
Front wheels 190/90 14
Wheel material Steel
Rear tires Chevrolet 7.50 - 14
Rear wheels 190/90 14
Wheel material Steel

road tests

Top speed 91 mph
1/4 mile 20.4 s
0-60mph 15.1 s
Drag coefficient 0.6

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 23.09 lb/hp
Maximum hp 140 HP @ 4,200 RPM
Maximum torque 210 ft-lb @ 2,400 RPM
Engine placement Front
Curb-to-curb turning radius 41 feet
Steering system Recirculating ball


Engine make GMC 235
Displacement 3,859 cc
Cylinders I6
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 8:1
Bore/stroke 3.56 in / 3.94 in
Block material Cast iron
Cylinder head material Cast iron
Valvetrain Overhead valve (OHV)
VVT system None
Valves per cylinder 2 valves

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,232 lb
Width 74.4 in
Height 59.1 in
Length 200 in
Front track width 58 in
Wheelbase 115 in
Has a rear spoiler No
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