Sam Pack Collection

14-15 November 2014

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Lot 113

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe

  • Chassis no. VC570160524

Sold for $41,250

220 bhp, 283 cu. in. V-8 engine with a single four-barrel carburetor, two-speed Powerglide transmission, independent front suspension via upper and lower wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.

  • A well-preserved and documented California-delivery example; Equipped with the “Super Turbo Fire” V-8 and Powerglide transmission

The 1950s were driven by jet-age styling and a love of chrome and horsepower, and as such, it is considered a high watermark by many in terms of styling. Perhaps the best embodiment of those elements from that era is the Chevrolet Bel Air. It is one of the most popular American cars ever built, and it has proven to be just as popular today as it was when new.

According to period documentation included with the car’s file, this 1957 Bel Air, finished in Onyx Black with a matching black and grey cloth pattern interior, was purchased new by France Furlong, of San Francisco, California. This was Mrs. Furlong’s first car (and license!), at 60 years old, according to her interim driver’s license, which is included on file. She owned the car well into her 70s, as evidenced by a 1971 registration document.

Following her ownership, the car is believed to have remained in California until the early 2000s, and it was then purchased by Mr. Pack in 2003. The car is believed to be in original and unrestored condition, save for a repaint of the trunk, new carpets, and the installation of new belts, hoses, and a dual exhaust. It would be difficult to find a more well-preserved example than this Bel Air, which still wears its original California black plates and shows less than 16,300 miles, all of which are believed to be original.

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