December 21, 2012
LIMA — For 1955, Chevrolet’s Bel Air model received new styling. This earned the second generation (1955 through 1957) Bel Air’s the moniker of “Hot One.” The ‘57 Chevy is one of the most recognized cars in the automobile industry. It was stylish and sporty, and there is no doubt that it is one of America’s most loved cars. The Bel Air had more chrome and featured a golden grille set off with a heavy chrome bar that included parking lights. The rear fins were topped with chrome moldings and highlighted with aluminum side trim panels. The car just was for aesthetic use, though, as under the hood was Chevy’s small-block V8 engine. This earned the 1957 Chevy Bel Air Motor Trend magazine’s top marks for handling. The 1955-57 Chevrolet’s remain a favorite with hot-rodders and classic car enthusiasts.
Glen Hayden, of Lima, brought his 1957 Chevy Bel Air to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. His car takes spectators back to the days of poodle-skirts and sock hops.