The 57 Chevy
During the sunset hours we were able to capture the subtle details of this beautiful 57 Chevy. Kathleen immediately was enamored with this car, it brought back memories of her Fathers ride. She explained to one of the P-Town Pushrod’s Founders…”I want one that goes rumpa rumpa rumpa” explaining the sound of the custom engine. How cute is that? Now about the car!
Initially, 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. These changes included a new dashboard, sealed cowl, and the relocation of air ducts to the headlight pods, which resulted in the distinctive chrome headlight that helped make the ’57 Chevy a classic.
Fourteen-inch wheels replaced the fifteen-inch wheels from previous years to give the car a lower stance, and a wide grille was used to give the car a wider look from the front. The now famous ’57 Chevy tailfins were designed to duplicate the wide look in the rear. Bel Air models were given gold trim: the grille, front fender chevrons, hood, and trunk script were all rendered in anodized gold. The base engine was an inline 6-cylinder called the Blue Flame Six.