In our fourth installment this week of July 2016’s Ride of the Month we feature the 1957 Chevy 150 presented by nominee Greg Chapman. Here is some general information about the vehicle.
Note: This is not information about the actual vehicle nominated for July’s Ride of the Month, just general information on the vehicle itself. Please check the link at the bottom of today’s article to view all the actual vehicles nominated for this month’s Ride of the Month.
Built as a budget-minded utility sedan but featuring strong engine options and memorable styling, the 1957 Chevrolet 150 is far more than the sum of its parts. The versatile, popular cruiser once saw use as a fleet vehicle and a work car for traveling salesmen, but it also boasts an impressive racing history.
The Handyman Sedan
With a low sticker price, a reliable and functional build and ample cargo room – a “Handyman Sedan” version removed the back seat for even more storage space – the 1957 Chevy 150 was unquestionably built with an eye toward utility. In fact, a significant number of 150s were bought for use as police cruisers, taxis and work vehicles. To aid in keeping the price down, the 150 was stripped of many of the trim pieces, added features and other components that made the more luxurious Bel Air such a hit with the public.
A Style Icon
Still, while it may not have had all the bells and whistles of its better-known Bel Air cousin, the 1957 Chevy 150 was instantly recognizable in its own right. Featuring the same distinctively sweeping lines, fighter jet-inspired rear fins and iconic front grille, the 150’s toned-down trim and utilitarian trappings still added up to an attractive, classic Detroit muscle design. It’s no surprise that the one-time budget sedan has found new life in recent years as both a popular show car and a laid-back cruiser.
Built at the dawn of the muscle car’s golden era, the 1957 Chevy 150 sported several engine options. In addition to the standard 235-cubic-inch inline six and 265-cubic-inch V8, drivers seeking a little more muscle could get their fix with the underrated 283-cubic-inch small-block V8. The 283 was available in a range of configurations, with power outputs ranging from 185 horsepower for the base model to 270 horsepower for the dual four-barrel carburetors. Optional fuel injection offered a further boost, topping out at 283 horsepower. This particular configuration powered the legendary Black Widow, leading Buck Baker to the 1957 NASCAR Grand National championship.
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