1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

Sport Coupe
Mecum Kissimmee 2021 rakes in a record $111.8M
Thursday, 7 January - Saturday, 16 January 2021
Sale Price
$100,000 - $125,000
Est. Range
15 January 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Recent restoration
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. VC570163461. Harbor Blue over blue and black. 283/270hp with dual quads, 3-speed manual, bat wing air cleaner, whitewall tires, Continental kit, fender skirts, power windows, power seat, WonderBar radio, rear seat speaker, vacuum ashtray, tissue dispenser, compass, dual power antennas, EZ Eye tinted glass.

Evaluation: Fully restored and has just about every option one could want on a ’57 Bel Air. The rare, attractive color doesn’t hurt, either.

Bottom Line: Those options really add up when it comes to value and so do the hours and dollars spent on the restoration, but this is still an absolutely massive price for a Tri-Five Chevy. Typically it’s only top notch convertibles or the very best Nomad wagons that bring six figures. And, for reference, this same car sold for $56,000 at RM Sotheby’s Arizona 2018 and then sold a few months later for $58,850 at Mecum Indy. Both were fair money for the time and it’s not like ’50s American cars have become the hot new thing in the three years since.

by Andrew Newton
22 January 2021

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Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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