The Bel Air had some serious style and it’s still a car that turns heads today. The ’57 received a complete facelift including a new dashboard, sealed cowl, distinctive chrome headlights, and 14-inch wheels to replace the previous 15-inch wheels. Those wheels made the car lower to the ground and gave it a sportier stance along with a wider grille and those killer tailfins.
Despite all these cosmetic changes, sales weren’t impressive. Success came a few years later in the 1960s, when hot rodders figured out they could replace the stock 283 cu. in. V8 engine with a 327 cu. in. engine, making 365 horsepower. This left other cars in the dust.
The 1957 Chevy Bel Air went on to win 25 NASCAR convertible races (yes, that was a thing at one time), which is a record for any one car model. They might not be winning races today like they were back in the ’60s, but they’re still a highly coveted car. You can expect to pay up to 6 figures for a car that originally sold for just $1,741.