- The 1957 Chevrolet became an American icon and prized collectible.
- Its v-shaped tail fins made it one of the most recognizable cars.
- It featured Chevrolet’s popular small block V-8 engine first introduced in 1955 – the first V-8 in a Chevrolet since 1917.
The 1957 Chevrolet is an American icon and one of the most recognizable cars. With production exceeding 1,500,000 cars, there are many restored and modified versions around today.
While Chevrolet wanted a completely new car for 1957, production delays caused GM to carry over and restyle the 1956 model. New styling included longer fenders, headlights set far apart and a grille that spanned the entire front. The larger look was complemented by 14-inch wheels that replaced 15-inch, giving it a lower stance. It had a new dashboard, reshaped windshield and air ducts (bringing air to the passenger compartment) relocated to the headlight pods that created the car’s distinctive chrome headlights.
The famous v-shaped tail fins on the Bel Air model were filled with ribbed aluminum. The Bel Air also featured gold anodized trim on the grille, front fender chevrons, hood and trunk scripts.
1957 Chevrolet featured the popular small block V-8 that was introduced with the 1955 model -- the first V-8 in a Chevrolet since 1917. This car has a 283 cu. in. engine, Rochester 2-barrel carburetor and fuel injection (the first year Chevrolet offered fuel injection as an option). The 1957 model became a popular used car, as it was relatively light weight and could accommodate the popular big block engines Chevrolet first introduced in 1958. This was a good combination for speed.
The 1957 Chevrolet was not as popular as General Motors had hoped. Despite its popularity, rival Ford outsold Chevrolet for the 1957 model year for the first time in three decades. However, the 1957 Ford, with the exception of the rare Ford retractable hardtop, is not nearly as prized by collectors today as the 1957 Chevrolet.