According to information, this 1957 Chevrolet 150 was purchased from its original owner in the early 1990s. It was supposedly a rust-free vehicle with only 30,000 original miles and equipped with a straight-six engine. Subsequently, it underwent a transformation into a tribute that pays homage to factory-style brawlers. The modifications included the installation of a 270 HP, dual-quad 283 engine, which is mated to the original column-shifted 3-speed transmission. The refurbishment process took place in 1992-1993, and since its completion, the car has been driven for less than a thousand miles. Remarkably, the vehicle still retains an appearance of being virtually unused.


The year 1957 stands out as perhaps the most renowned for Chevrolet’s “shoeboxes” lineup, and this specific example, despite being the most basic trim available, embodies our preferred style—neat, modest, and powered by a potent small block engine. The car is coated in a combination of Larkspur and Harbor Blue, and it’s quite astonishing that the finish still maintains its impressive appearance, even if it’s claimed to be 25 years old. The chrome and stainless elements also present themselves exceptionally well.


Although the combination of blackwall tires on steel wheels with poverty caps has a classic appeal, it’s hard not to consider that cheater slicks could fit right in. The relaxed and rhythmic rumble from the dual exhaust pipes most likely adds to the overall experience.


Despite the cabin’s cheerful appearance with its impressive black and silver patterned fabric, this is actually the only choice for 150 buyers unless they’re interested in a wagon. The carpet has been replaced with an oddly high-quality rubber mat in a car without a radio or heater. As noted in the advertisement, the initial 150 models were produced without a horn ring, even though it looks cool here. Although the 4-speed transmission became available in 1957, many cars hit the road with a three-speed gearbox like this one.


Around 1992-1993, a correct 283 engine with a solid lifter cam, a dual quad intake featuring Carter carburetors, and an original “bat wing” style oil bath air cleaner were installed. It was originally rated at 270 HP by the factory. The power is transmitted through a column-shifted 3-speed transmission to an open differential. The factory tags and decals are orderly, and with manual brakes and steering, driving this vehicle should provide an authentic old-school experience.