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AJ's Car of the Day '57 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible (Fuel Injected V8)
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Car: Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible (Fuel Injected V8)

Year: 1957

What makes it special: The 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air epitomized the newly-facelifted Chevy line and led the way for the '57 Chevy to become one of American's most memorable cars. Not until years later was the '57 recognized by many as the sharpest Chevy of the decade, and considered by many to be the best looking of the 1955-57 "classic" era, if not the make's full life span, as well as an engineering marvel.

What made it famous: For 1957, the Chevrolet Bel Air wore flashy fins and an updated grille. Bel Airs came in seven models, wearing anodized aluminum trim panels on their rear body sides. Under the hood, buyers could get anything from the long-lived six or 265 cu in V8, to half a dozen variations of the enlarged 283 cu in V8. Some Bel Airs even carried fuel-injected V8's, on loan from Corvette and whipping up as much as 283 horsepower at one horse­power per cubic inch in an ordinary passenger car.

Why I would want one: It's probably one of the most famous cars ever built, with world-wide recognition.

Fun fact: As an icon of its age, the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air ranks right alongside Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and "Leave It to Beaver." Not too shabby for a mass-market car in the last year of a three-year cycle. 

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