Friday, 22 February 2013

'57 Bel Air

The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is the archetypal nineteen-fifties American luxo-barge. It ticks all of the boxes of the era - acres of chrome, huge fins, a whacking-great V8 - and adds myriad details and embellishments to make it gloriously absurd: the bullet chrome embedded in the bonnet is a case in point.
The options list featured such thrilling possibilities as a Super Turbo Fire V8, Turboglide transmission, padded dashboard, and seatbelts (which were only ordered by 7.4% of buyers...). They're worth an absolute fortune now, too - I don't know about you, but when I was a kid, if somebody said to me 'American car', it was the '57 Bel Air that I thought of. It is, without a hint of hyperbole, a legend.
This '57 was shot by WMD - click here for more.

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