1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

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This is one of those cars I saw once at another show and just had to know more about but didn’t have time to see more. Well, at the Hunter’s Auto Expo the car showed up and I was all over it. This is one great 57. It is owned by John and Judy Givens of Kentucky. The builder is Tex Engler’ Rod Shop and Kustom Werks out of Auburn, KY.

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

The paint is a Candy Brandywine House of Color product.

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom



1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

This car is clean and well done but not to the point where it is just a piece of art work. Some cars get to be pure sculpture and you can’t even find the stuff that makes it run. If you can’t see the gas lines and electric lines what’s to keep it from being just an empty shell show car? There are a lot of wild show cars that can never be started because the motor is just an empty block!

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

The air intake is a dual Ram Air.

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

Each intake runs over to the fender well…

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

…like this…..

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

and then picks up air from the mess grill over each headlight.

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

Of course the car has full air bags and controls at the finger tips on the console.

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom



1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

Even the back side of the bumpers are painted to match the frame.

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

Coolers are out there where you can see them but well done. The frame is boxed and finished to match the body. The underside of the body is sprayed with truck bed liner material.

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

I think what makes the underside of the car so appealing is that it isn’t all chrome or all paint or all one color; there is enough variety of color and texture to make it look almost OEM but beautiful like a custom should be.

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

The engine is a blown 383 stroker with a 700R transmission.

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

You want to know how good a car is; stand back and look down the side. If it is straight and smooth its good. I have seen so many expensive paint jobs sprayed over a body that wasn’t fit for a 10 year old used car repaint and I just can’t figure out why. This is the most important part of the car and it can kill an other wise top notch show or street car. Before I ever take a car to a shop for paint I ask them to show me work they did that they are proud of. If they can’t do it or won’t do it; they aren’t touching my car. This car has a great body and paint!

1957 Chevy BelAir Custom

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  1. Super Car says:

    What a beautiful car. I have a 57 chevy that has been in my family for the past 30+ years I wish it was this nice. Great post & great pictures!

  2. MARVIN L STONE says:

    I think this is one of the prettiest 57 Chevys I have ever seen. I am in the process of a 2 year restoration. I’ve owned this car for 30 years. Needless to say there is a lot of sentamental value. My body is to the point were it is ready to be painted. And I had decided over the past few years to paint it brandywine house of kolors. Their are so many different types of shades, tints etc. of brandywine. Would you please tell me what numbers were used and techniques of your finished paint job. Number 1. the body has to be right; and with all the money its costing me; I want to make sure I’m selecting the correct brandywine.

    Thanks so much for your help!

    Share Croppers Son
    Marvin L. Stone

  3. Don says:

    I also love the color,please tell me what the color was you painted over? I guess it was some color of gold …. Thanks

  4. rfleener says:

    Don, I am out of town but will pass your question on to the builder for an answer to your question.

  5. Grant Engler "Tex Englers Rod & Kustom" says:

    Give the shop a call. 270-542-8963. that is where it was built. Thanks for the interest!!
    Tex

  6. Mike says:

    Beautiful car. I was looking for a color similar to what you put on this car for my 57 post that I’m restoring. Man, what a stunning color. I love it. Another thing I was looking for was two tone vs solid color. This Chevy is on of the better ones I’ve seen. I think I’ll go with solid color after looking at this beautiful car. Very nice job.

  7. K.C. Whittaker says:

    Wow, I have been looking for a great color to paint my 57 belair post. I never wanted to do the general reds like the torch red of the 2008 mustang. I love what you have done with this car. I am in my first restoration with a frame off and putting in an LS1 but what you have done with this car is stunning. I would like to know the color of the car and the interior color of the material and a little about your gages and sound system. Please call me at 801-376-8623. Thanks KC>.

  8. CDoyle says:

    Also, can you post the make and model of the rims. They are a nice match in addition to the other comments here.

  9. dylan says:

    wow so clean underneath i have a 56 bel air in my garage it still needs some work to even get close to as looking as good as that

  10. Fred says:

    I am building a ’57 Chevy Bel Air Hardtop and would like to use an air intake system similar to the car shown. I have been unable to find anything on the market that will work. Can you help with any information that can help me to build something similar to the ’57 pictured above?

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