Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Are 1957 Chevy 4-doors cool yet?


Four-door is an ugly word in many car circles. For decades, teenagers have been taunted for driving their 'mama's car' should they be burdened with two extra doors. It was as if a ‘more’ door branded you as only qualified for life in the slow lane. The 1957 Chevrolet has been ballyhooed as the most recognizable car in the world by folks in many automotive circles. Do four doors, a functional convenience feature, still make 1957 Chevrolets second-class citizens?

MORE MONEY FOR LESS DOORS
A co-worker of mine traded his 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 4-door for a new pick-up truck in 1994. The dealership gave him $1,500 towards his new truck in return for one of Chevrolet's iconic classics, albeit the four-door variety. A short time before he parted with the four door '57, he sold his 2-door 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. The red 2-door was drivable, but in need of restoration, it brought $10,000. Those two bonus doors made a big difference in value 15 years ago. What about now?
FUTURE OF COOL CLASSICS?
Will the cool factor find favor in four-door classics? Will the 2-door varieties become too scarce and expensive? Let me know at junkyardlife. Check out these recent photos of a 1957 Chevy four-door languishing in the weeds. Would you save it? Use it for parts on your two-door project? Let me know. You can leave comments or send me an email here.
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This 4-door black and white 1957 Chevy would make a good patrol car.


This ’57 Chevy sports Bel Air trim




This 1957 Chevy was hauled from Texas to Alabama.


Look a 1957 Chevy. Oh no, its a more-door!


Are inline sixes, 2 cylinders less cool?


Red wheel center with Two Ten on it.


’57 Chevy kissing bumpers with a Dodge.