AJ's Car of the Day 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Fuelie Sport Coupe

Car: Chevrolet Bel Air "Fuelie" Sport Coupe

Year: 1957

What makes it special: The 1957 Bel Air is among the most recognizable American cars of all time. Both Sport Coupes and Convertibles are highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts. They are roomy, with tasteful tail fins and chrome.

What made it famous: For 1957,  engine displacement grew to 283 cubic inches with the 283 hp "Super Turbo Fire V8" option with continuous (closed loop) mechanical fuel injection. Nicknamed "fuelie", these cars are quite rare, since most Bel Airs were fitted with carburetion.

Why I would want one: It's probably the most famous Chevrolet model and model year of all time. If there were a Mount Rushmore of Iconic Automotive Models, this would definitely be on there.

Fun fact: Although the last Chevrolet Bel Air was produced in 1975 in the U.S., the Canadian big Chevy lineup continued to include the Bel Air for 1976 in two door, four door and station wagon body styles until production ended in 1981.

( 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air photo from fotosdecarros.com )