Thursday, February 6, 2014

Auto Interior Restoration Bay Area - Interior of a 1957 Chevy - Cooks Upholstery Redwood City 650-364.0923

The 1957 Chevy Project.

New Interior

57 Chevy is a nickname of the 1957 Chevrolet made in America from late 1956 through much of 1957 by General Motors. It is one of many now-classic cars adored by millions of people around the world. These cars are being restored to their original condition or modified into personal favorites. As this car gets older it has become more sought after by collectors than ever before. Its image and likeness have been used over and over again in toys, graphics, music, movies and television. The '57 Chevy is an icon of the era that endures today.
The 1957 Chevrolet was available in three official trim levels: the base-model "one-fifty" series, the mid-range "two-ten" series, and the upscale Bel Air series. An upscale trim option called the "Del Ray" was available for 210 2-door sedans. A limited production two-door station wagon called the "Nomad" was produced as a Bel Air. A fourth designation was also available in limited quantities, the "El Morocco", a custom hand-build mimicking the Cadillac of the era.

The 1957 Chevrolet was a carry-over from 1955, when Chevrolet introduced its now-famous small-block V-8—the first V-8 available in a Chevrolet since 1918. Prior to 1955, Chevrolet only offered an inline 6-cylinder engine. With the new V-8 engine for 1955, Chevrolet wanted to offer a new car design as well. The "shoebox" design, so named because it was the first Chevrolet to feature streamlined rear fenders, was a watershed for Chevrolet. The lightweight car coupled with a powerful V-8 became a showroom draw, but also thrust the company into the arena of competitive motor sports. 1955 Chevrolets went on to dominate drag racing and became a formidable force in circle track racing. In 1956, the design was lengthened somewhat in front and given a more squarish treatment; under the hood, engine power increased and a Corvette engine was available for the first time in a full-size passenger car.

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