Curbside Classic: 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air Sport Sedan – Why Can’t…

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Curbside Classic: 1957 Bel-Air Sport Sedan – Why I Rent THAT at Hertz?

18, 2012

There are times cars beg to be Curbside Classics. And afternoon we have a serendipitous flashback, to a time when was the favored car for Hertz advertising. If wasn’t going to be the #1 car people in 1957, they were to be the #1 car they borrowed that

But for a few new features, underneath our desired the same  Motoramic  Chevrolet in the fall of 1954. It was far from the sedate bargain cruiser which Chevrolet had morphed the depression years. In actuality, it the essential template for the preferred of size and power in the postwar

A major trend that could not afford to ignore was the of B-body four-door hardtop from Buick and Oldsmobile. In of a combined production total of a quarter-million “four-door coupes” in Chevrolet (and every manufacturer save Studebaker-Packard) together rakish and stylish new that increased the bewildering of combinations available to buyers.

But automotive planned obsolescence fifty ago is like that of smartphone today. For the third year of its cycle, the Motoramic Chevrolet had two direct rivals: From Park. the time- traveling  It’s 1960!  Plymouth


And from Dearborn, the newest the public could get their on since 1949. Both the and the Plymouth presaged a segment-busting on “Big Car” girth and as they morphed into the territory of recent Buicks and And while Mopar went the torsion-bar route, Ford forward on Boulevard Ride offering Ford buyers a on a Budget” experience.

All of which rendered our darling of the out-of-date, in just twenty-four months. What had been and perky two years earlier was now decidedly boxy with a few touches. The box sprouted fins and a bumper-grille, but was still tall, and upright relative to the many new and ’57 offerings.

But in their rush to something all-new-all-over-again, Highland and Dearborn suffered dearly in the department with every beauty launched from factories. What’s more, new sleek styling  meant a penalty in interior room, a point most clearly home by the hardtops, which traditionally more cramped their pillared-sedan brethren.

The Chevy’s more-upright stance fewer compromises to style. Its refined mechanicals offered something familiar, along driving dynamics somewhere those of the Plymouth and the Ford. If the was too high strung and the Ford too the Chevrolet struck a “just Goldilocks balance that it a perfect car for drivers away home.

Think about it: What car could Hertz choose to in bulk than the Camry of its Its tough and trouble-free Powerglide was by now the most familiar no-shift The Turbo-Fire V8 gave renters zest to flog their borrowed barge within an of its life. And as a subtle reskin of a design, it was a proven and pretty package.

Of course, when you got to the Hertz counter, chances are get a less glamorous four-door and not a flashier, pillarless Bel-Air. those who enjoyed their with their rental could go to the local Chevy and customize a car every which sedate economy queen to derby vixen–just by checking the boxes on a form.

First up was the fantastic Fuel option. As fitted to the upsized 283 V8 the highest compression ratio and Duntov’s famous lumpy it put one horsepower per cubic inch in the tantalizingly lightweight bodies of the made the performance possibilities yet troublesome. The same could be for the underdeveloped Turboglide automatic

At least one of those brazen lives (or lived) in this rental Sports Sedan. If you hard, the front fender of Bel-Air in the air sports a ‘Fuel badge. This combination of a  sedan and that high power plant must be rare. Hopefully, this one return to Earth soon.

Bested by Ford and hampered by a Plymouth, Chevrolet did not come out on top in total for the 1957 selling season, higher fleet sales. But long after being with the baroque full-sized Cadillacs” of 1958, the ’57 Chevy a strong following as the best used car in plentiful supply.

In the whole “Tri-Five” cult from the “that’s a great car” appeal of the 1957 Long after the Belvederes had torsion bars, or the Fairlane had rusted away, the humble, original “Easy A” soldiered on, one broke buyer to the next, minimal attention to the Small Blue Flames and Powerglides.

By to the past in the present, the 1957 secured its future. And 55 years one of its family members reminded me if I got the chance to borrow one, I want to bring one home

Toyota 1957 Sports
Toyota 1957 Sports
Toyota 1957 Sports
Toyota 1957 Sports
Toyota 1957 Sports

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