Modified 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Hardtop 6-Speed

This 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door hardtop, originally registered to a single owner in Texas, was acquired by the seller in 2021. It has since undergone extensive refurbishment and modification. Key features include a 447ci small-block V8 engine, assembled by Nelson Racing Engines, and a Tremec T56 six-speed manual transmission.


  • Engine: 447ci small-block V8 with a Dart iron block, aluminum intake manifold, Holley 1,050-cfm carburetor, AFR cylinder heads, and a revised camshaft.
  • Exhaust: Sanderson headers, 3″ stainless-steel piping.
  • Transmission: Tremec T56 six-speed manual.
  • Rear Axle: 9″.
  • Suspension: Coilover suspension with adjustable coilovers, CPP control arms, sway bars, and a four-link rear setup.
  • Wheels: 18″ two-piece American Racing wheels.
  • Brakes: Wilwood disc brakes.


The cabin features leather-trimmed bucket seats, Schroth harnesses, and a roll bar, replacing the original rear bench with a Woody’s seat-delete kit. Additional interior upgrades include:

  • Climate Control: Vintage Air.
  • Instrumentation: AutoMeter.
  • Audio: Bluetooth head unit.


The car is finished in blue with polished side trim and features:

  • Kill Switch: Hidden above the left taillight.
  • Headlights: Hooded.
  • Wind Splits: Twin.


The car rides on a modified suspension setup, including:

  • Front: CPP upper and lower control arms, sway bar.
  • Rear: Four-link setup, sway bar.
  • Steering: CPP 500-series power steering.

Wheels and Tires

  • Front Tires: Nitto NT555 G2.
  • Rear Tires: 345/35 Mickey Thompson ET Street drag radials.
  • Wheel Wells: Tubbed to accommodate larger tires.

Interior Details

  • Seats: Black leather-trimmed racing seats with Schroth four-point harnesses.
  • Headliner and Carpets: Replaced during refurbishment.
  • Steering Wheel: Aftermarket on a tilt column.
  • Gauges: AutoMeter Ultra-Lite II.

Engine Details

  • Assembly: By Nelson Racing Engines in 2022.
  • Components: Dart iron block, Dart high-rise intake manifold, Holley Dominator 1,050-cfm carburetor, AFR cylinder heads, Concept One accessory drive kit, MSD ignition, AutoRad radiator.
  • Output: Approximately 630 horsepower.

This highly modified 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, with its powerful engine and extensive upgrades, represents a blend of classic styling and modern performance enhancements. It is offered with a clean Texas title in the seller’s name.