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LIMA — 1957 is what some consider the peak of the Baby Boomer years. It is also the last year of Chevy’s Tri-Five, which included the 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevys. The ideal size of the ‘57, combined with its light weight compared to newer full-sized cars, made it a favorite among drag racers. The simple mechanical workings of the car made it easy to maintain, customize and upgrade with components such as disc brakes and air conditioning. A wide grille was used to give the car a wider look from the front, while the now famous ‘57 Chevy tailfins were designed to duplicate the wide look in the rear. The main reason for the ’57s popularity is that they were the last of the “hot ones.”

Joe Lombardo owns this 1957 Chevy Bel Air. He and his wife are going to drive this beauty to California on Rt. 66, the popular highway that lent its name to a television series in the 1960s, as well as Bobby Troup’s song, “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” Most kids these days are familiar with Rt. 66, due to Disney’s popular animated movie, “Cars.”

1957 Chevy Bel Air
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