AJ's Car of the Day 1957 Chevrolet 150 "Fuelie" Business Coupe

Car: Chevrolet 150 "Fuelie" Business Coupe 

Year: 1957

What makes it special: Chevrolet's 150 was the economy/fleet model from 1953 to 1957, getting its name by shortening its 1500 production series number by one digit in order to capitalize on the numerical auto name trend of the 1950's. Being a "Business Coupe," it was rear-seat delete.

What made it famous: It was a blank canvas in its adaptation to the type of power you desired under it's hood. By 1957, the 150 line gained the 283 cu in V8. This engine could be equipped with any number of carb choices to the tune of 185 hp to 270 hp, or it could be equipped with a fuel-injected 283, although a scant few 150's were so equipped. Those that were have been branded with the "Fuelie" nickname. And are VERY sought after by collectors.

Why I would want one: It's the epitome of the Hot Rod definition. A bare bones, no-nonsense body with a potent powerplant. This is the car that saw a lot of time on the quarter-mile drag strips across America.

Fun fact: Many 150 models served time in law enforcement as this model often serves as the basis for latter-day modification into a 1950's-era police car. On the flip-side, 150's are also very popular with hot rod fans, due to their lower curb weight and lower prices.

 

( 1957 Chevrolet 150 Business Coupe photo from barrett-jackson.com )