1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, 2-Door.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, 2-Door.

This eye-popping '57 Bel Air Convertible has got to be one of the most beautiful restorations we have ever done. It was a favorite here at the shop, and we're sure it will be a favorite of yours, too.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, 2-Door.

While the body has been restored to stock condition, with all the trim, it is a true hot rod underneath. The body rests on an Art Morrison frame with all the extras, and under the hood lies a limited edition 383c.i. crate motor rated at 460 hp. The rockets on the hood aren't just for show anymore.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, 2-Door.

When we asked Mr. Achron how he came by the '57 and why he decided to have us do the work, here is what he told us...

"Here is a little background on my '57. The car was purchased in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada either late spring or early summer of 1966. I bought it from a fellow by the name of Bob McConnell for $1,100.00 and a bottle of Smirnoff vodka. I believe I was the third owner of the car. From what I was told, a doctor that lived on South Drive in Fort Garry (Winnipeg), bought the car new. Bob McConnell was the next person to own the car and then me."

"Originally it was a 6 cylinder with standard trans when new. Bob McConnell put a 283 c.i. motor in it, along with a Borg Warner T10 close ratio transmission. In the early 70's I built a strong 327c.i. motor (11.11 to 1 compression ratio), in my basement one winter. Four of us hauled it out in the spring and I dropped the motor in. I also had the car repainted and did some other work to it. A couple of times during my ownership I nearly sold the car, but didn't."

"What prompted me to redo the car was the fact that friends that I had grown up with, and were younger than me, were dying off. That is how the car came to wind up at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff to be redone. I wanted to get the car done and have the chance to enjoy it while I still could."

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, 2-Door.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, 2-Door.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, 2-Door.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, 2-Door.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, 2-Door.

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