1957 57 Chevy Bel Air 4 Door Sedan Chevrolet All Original Complete Project

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 667 EZ (Black/Copper/Beige)

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Bel Air/150/210
SubModel: 4D
Type: Sedan
Trim: 667 EZ (Black/Copper/Beige)
Year: 1957
Mileage: 32,687
VIN: VC57J137347
Color: Orange
Engine: 283 ci V8
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Gold
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Spring, Texas, United States

Description for Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 1957

Up for sale is an almost all original (as far as I can tell), un-butchered Tri-Five project. 283 V8, Powerglide Automatic transmission. still has the original paint even.
The original tags:

  • VIN VC57J137347 (Bel Air, 8-cyl - 2400, ASSEMBLY PLANT Janesville, WI)
  • Style 57-1019D (4-Dr. sedan)
  • Body No. J. 7731
  • Trim 667 EZ (Black/Copper/Beige )
  • Paint 818D (TWO-TONE COLOR Adobe Beige/Sierra Gold)

I have matched the stampings on the engine (they are 1957), but I cannot get to the transmission to check.
The only thing that appears to be missing is the radio, hubcaps, and one piece of trim.
The only thing that appears to have every been changed is the upholstery, air filter cover, and the steering wheel.
I bought this project pretty much as you see it, in order to learn to work on cars. I haven't had the time or money to do really anything to it (and won't for the foreseeable future), so I figure I'd pass it on to someone who can give her the time and treatment she deserves.
When I bought it, I was told it was running when parked. Of course, it was parked well over a decade ago.
I pulled the headliner since it was trashed and hanging. I removed the carpet and rocker panel trim (and unbolted the seats) to get a full assessment of the the floorboard rot. I also removed the front trim, and that's about it. All said rocker/front trim is included.
A friend of mine (who knows more about such things than I do) said the engine isn't seized and that the points in distributor cap are new (at least was when I got the car). We tried to start it with some starting fluid to the carb but couldn't get it to start. He said those points could be the problem. That's literally as far as the mechanicals were tested or troubleshooted.
I have a clear title, signed over with Texas application form, but it is still signed by the previous owner...I never got it transferred into my name. I have some other paperwork too, service receipts and whatnot. The transmission was rebuilt less than 5K miles from what it says on the odometer. I don't think this car has been on the road since ~2000. I *might* still have the key, but IIRC the ignition would turn without it. I will provided a Bill of Sale as well.
Mileage reads 32,687 but no clue if it's rolled over.
The tires are all flat (and probably won't hold air).
The 4 main flat side windows are cracked but intact. The passenger vent window is gone. The windshields are intact, the front has a little bubbling.
Trim: About all present except the lower rear windshield. some minor dings here and there. The bumpers need to be rechromed badly. pitting on the tail/headlight bezels, hood bullets, and grille trim. The hood bar grill trim is broken, and the front bumper has a dent. The original gold grill is present but mangled. The Chrevrolet scripts were also trashed.
There is a slight dent at the inside of the driver side rear fin. There is a shallow crease at the passenger outer by the rear bumper.
The worst part about the car, but totally fixable. I tried to picture everything accurately. The rust includes: top of cowl on both sides, inner bottom of A pillars, bottom of both front fenders, various spots on inner and outer rockers, outside of passenger B pillar, doglegs, driver and passenger front pans are completely shot, spots under seat, passenger rear pan, a good size hole by the rear driver well in trunk, and about 4 inches across the trunk at the decklid, and the decklid itself.
All the interior panels/trim/etc are all still there for re-upholstery. metals dulled and some pitted. Radio missing.
All in all, a very complete and intact project. Not a basket case, or roller, or completely ripped apart. Most of the body issues can be fixed with a new one piece floor, and somebody who knows wtf they're doing might even be able to get it running in a day.
Prefer local sale, buyer to be responsible for all coordination and costs shipping/titling/etc.
I am happy to provide any additional pictures and/or answer any questions.
Thanks for looking.