An extensive nut and bolt Resto Mod build was completed on this sparkling 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible in 2001, resulting in an International Class Award from the International Show Car Association, feature article coverage in Classic Chevy and Southern Rodder magazines and a score of 997 points out of a possible 1,000 at a Classic Chevy show. Inspiring credentials, but no surprise given this multiple award winner’s quality and regard for detail. The car scores maximum points for overall presentation thanks to its combination of PPG Torch Red paint, superb chrome, anodizing and brightwork, 17-inch Billet Specialties wheels with Goodyear radial tires and a rare one piece front bumper. Passengers are treated to a full complement of custom features inside, including power windows and a power front seat. Beautiful Torch Red leather upholstery is used on the comfy split bench seats, door and kick panels, in a pattern
suggesting early Corvette designs, and cool Vintage Air is channeled inside through the factory vents situated beneath the dash, which remains as original except for the padded billet steering wheel and custom sound system controls. The engine room and undercarriage have been equally well attended. Street and Performance detailed the 350 CI ZZ4 crate engine, smoothing the block and polishing the heads to a mirror shine. A serpentine belt system with chromed pulleys is used up front, with a 350 Turbo automatic and 3.08-geared Trans Am Positraction third member completing the powertrain. Four-wheel disc brakes, polished 2-inch drop spindles and tubular A-arm front suspension with rack and pinion steering round out the mechanicals on this prize winning Resto Mod Bel Air.