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A Friday Night Fill Up Somewhere in Missouri


Another work week has come to an end, so it’s time to gas up the car for a big night out. And what better way was there to go to the drive-in or the dance in the late 1950’s than in a slick 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air? Even though the 1957 Chevrolet was basically a reskin of the ’56, it’s longevity in the hobby has outpaced the Fords and Plymouths of the same year. Production numbers of the Plymouth may have lagged behind the other two somewhat, but it seems to us that a disproportionate percentage of these Chevrolets have survived.

Whether it was because of it’s “baby Cadillac” styling, robust drivetrain or rugged engineering overall, it has become a mainstay of the old car hobby much like the Model “A” Ford and 1949 Mercury before it. But whatever you drive or choose to collect, we at The Old Motor hope you have a pleasant weekend. Today’s photo was used courtesy of the Joe Sonderman Collection. You’ll also find many great Route 66 related articles and photos in Joe’s new book, Route 66 in Texas.

One response to “A Friday Night Fill Up Somewhere in Missouri

  1. One check off on my bucket list is “57 Chevy, bought mine after my ’69 was wrecked by a friend.
    Mine was a Salmon under White four door sedan Belair, the original 283 punched to 301, 2 speed auto replaced by a T-10.
    I drag raced it for one season at Kindon in Lodi, Ca.
    Great fun!

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