LIMA — When Chevrolet introduced their new restyled line of cars for 1957, no one knew they would go on to literally define the iconic 1950s. Riding on a 115-inch wheelbase, the 1957 Chevy was a nicely proportioned car that no one was critical of. From its twin jet inspired pods on the hood to its anodized trim work on the rear quarter, the top of the line Bel Air was a great car from any angle. The fact that they are a one-year wonder only makes them that much more special and they are today one of the most popular collector cars on the market. While there are many 1957 Chevrolets out there in many different body styles, the convertible is the one that says it all. The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is a car that is always recognizable from any angle. There’s simply no mistaking its balanced design.
Dave Kriegel, of Lima, brought his 1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. He has owned it for 35 years. The car was purchased in 1979 from the late Chester Cary, who was also from Lima. Kriegel said his best memory is rebuilding the car from scratch.