1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR RACE CAR - 189750 Sold* at Scottsdale 2016 - Lot #1308 1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR RACE CAR https://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/189750/189750_Front_3-4_Web.jpg
Lot #1308   1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR RACE CAR
Auction Scottsdale 2016
Reserve NO RESERVE
Status Sold
Price
Lot 1308
Year 1957
Make CHEVROLET
Model BEL AIR
Style COUPE RACE CAR
*Includes Buyer Commission
Details
VIN VC57J208118
Exterior Color BLACK
Interior Color BLACK
Cylinders 8
Engine Size 383
Transmission 4-SPEED MANUAL
Description
Lot #1308 - In 1957, Bruce Morgan, a blue-collar working truck driver of San Gabriel, CA, purchased this 283 fuel-injected Bel Air Sports Coupe from Calliau Chevrolet in South Pasadena. The car was a dealer "demo" with 2,000 miles. On weekends and times between his day job, he drove to the drag strips, raced the car and drove it home. Morgan, a talented driver, began racing exclusively on NHRA-sanctioned tracks. Winning more than losing, he set his sights on the NHRA World Championship in B/S Stock. In 1961, his talent paid off, and he and the '57 Bel Air ended up in the history books. With the help of "Dyno" Don Nicholson, Bruce Morgan achieved an undefeated racing year with no sponsorship. At the U.S. Nationals Awards Ceremony in Indianapolis, Morgan won the World Championship in B/S and the Top Stock Eliminator Awards. In addition, he was presented a 1962 Pontiac from the Hurst Corporation. He hooked the Pontiac to the back of the '57 Bel Air and hauled it home to California. Later that year he sold the '57 Chevy to the Tindle Brothers (of the Orange Crate Special fame) in Portland, OR. They sold the car within a month and it returned to the NHRA Drag Racing circuit. The car has had 12 owners and has been raced over 800 times in its 50+ year career. Manual transmission.
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