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March 9, 2019 Allen, Texas

1957 Chevy Belair (Restorod)

Allen, Texas March 9, 2019

1957 Chevy Belair (Restorod)

 

Every so often, a car comes along on the market that is truly one-of-a-kind. This is definitely one of those cars. The 57 Chevy is one of the most popular cars in the world. One reason is that General Motors executives wanted an entirely new car for 1957, but production delays necessitated the 1955–56 design for one more year. Ed Cole chief engineer for Chevrolet, dictated a series of changes that significantly increased the cost of the car and made it a one year one of a kind.

There are many 57’s on the market, but there are none like Tom Souter’s. Rick Duncan, President of Duncan’s Auctions and organizer of The North Texas Classic Car Show & Auction said “I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived to meet with Tom and review this car. Many times questions arise in certain areas whether it be paint, engine, bodywork or other restoration issues and any car guy knows that the more you look at a classic car, the more imperfections you find, but this is one of those rare times that the more I viewed this car, the nicer it looked. From the slick black paint to the beautifully done interior, I could find no flaws. Everyone knows that if there is any shabby bodywork performed, black will not only show it, but accentuate it. The more I looked down the sides of this car the straighter it looked. While driving down the road the hood was as straight as an arrow. It is also very difficult in Restorods to maintain the integrity of the character of the car that is being preserved. Tom’s eye to detail and maintaining originality, while creating a superior masterpiece with dominating originality that you can drive with newer technology is at the utmost perfection. While driving in this piece of artwork, it looks like an original 57 Chevy, it still has the feel, but as far as front end, rear end, steering, brakes, AC and suspension, you are actually cruising with the most advanced technology. If your a fan of the 57 Chevy and want one of the nicest that exist in the world, don’t miss this one on March 9 at our Allen, Texas auction. I guarantee when you lay eyes on this one, you won’t be disappointed.”

Tom Souter purchased this car in December 1968 from the original owner with 42,000 miles. Overall the car doesn’t have over 20,000 more miles since that purchase to present date.

The 1st restoration was started in 1968. Tom retired the car in 1971 and took everything off of the car, painted it black and put black seats in it, then in 2010 the car was given the current restoration.

Many Awards

No metal has ever been cut from being tubbed.

Everything works

Car was born blue on blue.

Southern California car

All Sheetmetal on the car is original

Featured with Tom Souter on his son’s show “The Car Chasers” with Jeffery Allen and Meg Bailey

Featured on Mac Davis’ Christmas Show “Lubbock in my Rear View Mirror”

1240 miles since restoration in 2010

All gauges work

Leather and suede seats

Suede headliner

Dome lights in custom built-in console

XM radio

Jim Meyer front suspension

9 inch ford rear end. Currie 373 Posi-Track

Interior redone by Genghis Brothers in Southern California

JL restoration put the car together

2 restorations in its lifetime

All stainless is factory but one piece

Has seamless Nascar Frame, also known in racing circles as a California Frame with 1 piece front bumper. Most 57’s had a 3 piece front bumper

502 built by Scoggin-Dickey Performance and by Sunset Machine Shop in Lubbock, Texas

True Boyd Coddington wheel

Paint by Hills Hotrods.

It is rare when a car such as this comes to market. Don’t miss this opportunity to bid on a restorod that has maintained the true character of a 57 Chevy, with all the original metal and 99% of the original stainless and chrome. This car has lots of documentation and a rich history that comes with no other 57.

If you have any questions concerning this one-of-a-kind 57 Chevy, contact Rick at 713-382-9697 or email Rick at rick@tessarect.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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