Gut Rumbles

February 17, 2005

the car of my dreams

I saw one today: a genuine, fully-restored, mint-condition 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. It had the big "V" in the front and fenderskirts, too. It was a beauty.

I found myself stopped at a traffic light next to the thing, and I couldn't resist. I rolled down my window and shouted at the driver, a middle-aged man with silver hair who reminded me a lot of ME. He rolled down his window to see what I wanted.

"Mister, you have a BEAUTIFUL car," I said.

"You like it? I do, too," he replied, with a big grin on his face.

"How much did it set you back?" I asked.

"If you have to ask, you don't want to know," he responded. Then the light changed and we went our separate ways.

If he managed to restore that original 283 engine with the power-pak, he's got the first of the true muscle cars, one that will damn near peel your ears off when you accelerate. I always thought a '57 Chevy resembled a shark, sleek and hungry. And I love the tail-fins, too.


(What is YOUR dream car?)


Bandit's black Trans Am.
More to the point, the Turbo Trans Am with the nitrous tanks.

That thing gives me panty-puddles.

Posted by: Stevie on February 17, 2005 06:18 PM

1. 57 Chevy/w power-pak
2 58 Mercedes convertable two seater
3.68 GTO w/ the full package

Posted by: delftsman3 on February 17, 2005 06:19 PM

68 Shelby Mustang GT500 with the 427 engine.

Posted by: Robert on February 17, 2005 06:26 PM

when you consider that the '57 Chev with the 289 (up from 265 in '56) and with the 4 barrel it only had like 210 hp, but with a 3 speed it would put ALL other cars of that year cept maybe the '57 Studebaker goldenhawk, and all for less than 2600 bucks. Wow what a shaker

Posted by: johndeerebilly on February 17, 2005 06:36 PM

A 1971 Volkswagen bus, like the Libyans drove in Back to the Future. Just kidding.

I'd actually love to have a Delorean. I'd be too afraid to drive it anywhere... like Cameron in Ferris Beuler's day off, "Someone could breathe on it wrong."

Or a 1970(or thereabouts) Corvette. Black, not red.

Posted by: Adam Lawson on February 17, 2005 06:41 PM

Three come to mind:

1972 Porsche 911S Targa 5speed

Ferrari's 365 GTB/4 Daytona, preferably black with tan leather seats

Mercedes 600 SEL, any year

Don't ask me what I've settled for ...


Posted by: DJSloan/Houston on February 17, 2005 07:00 PM

Two possiblities:

1. '95 Porsche 928 GTS with full wide body kit and the 928 Performance turbo and intercooler.

2. A 72 Chevvy Nova, the SS with a big block v8 in it.

Now those are what I call freakin' cars.

Posted by: steve on February 17, 2005 07:09 PM

for that era, I always liked the '57 Belair but was even more partial to the '55 Chevy Nomad myself.

my all-time dream American muscle car though would probably be a black '69 Chevelle SS with a 396/325hp motor, 750cfm quadrajet carb and a 4 speed Muncie M-20 tranny. That would wake up my adrenaline I'm sure...

I've always loved american muscle (had a '70 GTO in HS) but for my adrenaline rushes these days, I've driven imports (Toyotas) exclusively for the last 20 years or so and have owned 3 generations of Supras, two of which I still own (both are turbos). And yes, I definately love drivin' 'em.

Posted by: marcl on February 17, 2005 07:55 PM

(What is YOUR dream car?)

I'm driving it. But if I had the means to get a friend for it, it might be a '62 T-bird.

Posted by: McGehee on February 17, 2005 07:57 PM

1970 white, convertable, GTO

Posted by: MM on February 17, 2005 08:07 PM

An original Shelby AC Cobra w/ 427 SOC.

I know you guys are aware that the small block Chevy motor was a 283 ci, right? Not 287 or 289 (Ford).

Posted by: jmon on February 17, 2005 08:28 PM

New Acura NSX with Basch supercharger.

A standout in the supercar world for its reliability and tractability. Plus, it's a damned babe magnet.

In an older car, the 70 GTO Judge w. the 455 gives me a boner.

Posted by: rightisright on February 17, 2005 08:34 PM

I've had a "57" since 1974 when I was in the Navy. I still got it. The frame is sandblasted with all new parts and the engine is on the stand. The body is on blocks. I've had this car longer than my wife and before I die I will drive it again. It's a 2 door No-Post "Sports Coupe" which had a 283 (Not to be Anal but - No 287's were made)
I put in a 327 out of a Corvette and drove it from California back home in 1977 when I got out. (Pullin another Car) -- Got married and haven't heard it since. - (Kids, houses, bills)

Since I still have Kids, houses bills (and Kid's, Kids) - It'll be awhile -- But I still have it!!!!!!

Mark -- (Not to be confused with the other Mark)

Posted by: Mark Shaw on February 17, 2005 08:37 PM

I see JMON has already stolen my thunder...1967 Shelby AC Cobra with 427...High Gloss Black...Camel Brown Leather Interior...

Posted by: Barry on February 17, 2005 09:25 PM

A Plymouth Barracuda in Plum Crazy with the big white laser stripes.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on February 17, 2005 09:34 PM

The '67 fastback Mustang sitting in my garage awaiting rebuild. I get to start on it this year.

It, and the 428 Cobra Jet block that's sitting on a pallet in the same garage.

Posted by: Kevin Baker on February 17, 2005 09:55 PM

My favorite: 1978 Camaro, red or black with an 8 cylinder engine.

However, in my grandma's garage rests a fully restored 1957 Chevy Bel Air that my cousin bought a few years ago. It gets driven annually during the family's 4th of July festivities, but I always tell my grandma that if she gets the urge to go somewhere, she has a nice ride to take. That car is so beautiful it brought tears to my dear future mother-in-law's eyes this past summer when she saw it.

Posted by: Renee on February 17, 2005 09:57 PM

Holden HQ Monaro
Thought I would add an Australian touch.

Posted by: don/Kangaroo Flat Australia on February 17, 2005 10:09 PM

1959 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz Convertible.

Black with white leather interior and top.

Harley Earl was, is, and forever will be the king of automotive design.

Posted by: Jay G on February 17, 2005 11:01 PM

'91 Porsche 911 C2 sunroof coupe, Black/Black, 5 speed, 17" turbo wheels, Bridgestone S02s, chipped, modified throttle body, modified air box, bypassed secondary muffler, Buzz the Yellow Jacket sticker on the back window. And it is a dream to drive. Daily.

That said, I love American classics and muscle cars. My first car was a '65 Mustang coupe, 289, with pony interior. A little cash and a lot of elbow grease, under my dad's watchful eye, and I had a pretty sweet ride. I intend to own another when I can convince my wife to park her car on the curb.

Posted by: mike on February 17, 2005 11:02 PM

I always liked 1966. A Corvette Stingray converible if I want to squire some quim around town. A Chevelle SuperSport if I want to humiliate a pencilneck. A GTO ragtop if I just want to take off.

And Jay G: check my archives from Dec-Jan if you want to see my old man next to his black 59 Cadillac SDV Biarritz.

Posted by: Velociman on February 17, 2005 11:20 PM

OK, you finally got me to delurk, after reading your site, via Kim du Toit. And a fine site you have, btw.

I just took ownership of a 1967 Chrysler 300 2 door that I'm going to whip back into shape *eventually, once finances permit*. I love the fastback roof and the LENGTH of the damned thing. All 127" of it! Plus, it doesn't hurt that it has a 440ci v-8, A/C, power steering and brakes. front buckets, and FACTORY cruise control.

I do prefer Mopars, and would LOVE to get a '67 Dodge Coronet R/T or a Plymouth GTX of the same vintage. That said, there are two other non-Mopar makes that I like as much:

the 2nd generation Corvette, especially a 1965 with a 396ci v-8 *preferably a convertible, as I'm not a short man*

also, the Ford Galaxie 500, especially the 1965 500 XL , like the one a friend had use of while we were in high school, chocolate brown, tan interior, and a convertible to boot!

Anyhoo, pleased ta meetcha via your blog, even if I'm not a "Southern man", and am a native Californian. I hope those things won't be held against me.


Posted by: KenS on February 17, 2005 11:35 PM

'57 T-Bird. The one with the "real" fins! Very graceful, and dignified. I liked it from the beginning, well before American Graffiti.

Failing that, a '57 Full sized Ford 4 door would be fine.

The '59 Caddies are nice, too. What was that model with air suspension as an option, can't think of it now. It rode like radial-tires do now. El Dorado? But there was a 4-door version with air suspension, also.


Posted by: Norm on February 18, 2005 12:38 AM

I forgot: I had a couple of Lincoln 4-door convertibles, way back when. An all black '62, black exterior, black leather interior, and black roof. In 1962, people would stop their cars to watch the roof retract, or go up. True!

Then I got a '64 in '70, but the hydraulics were shot; leaked like a sieve. It took a pint to raise the top, then you had to clean up the trunk! I should have kept it and replaced the lines. But I got married instead.

Posted by: Norm on February 18, 2005 12:42 AM

I have a '71 Mustang Convertible, but the dream car would be a Shelby GT 500 KR "King of the Road" with a 427 Cobrajet OR a 1978 Jaguar E-type 12 cylinder Convertible, lime green with a lime green leather interior.

Lot's of other nice cars mentioned in this thread...

Posted by: Florida Bill on February 18, 2005 08:08 AM

Wife had a '67 Chev II. Looked absolutely stock, but had the drive train from a '69 Impala SS stuffed into it. She really loved that car.

Acid - first time I crossed the Jordan/Syria border at Dah'ra there were seven '57 Chevy Belairs waiting for passengers...

Posted by: emdfl on February 18, 2005 08:49 AM

One of my dream cars I now own, a fire-engine red '67 Chevelle with a black interior. It has a built small block that dynos near 500hp. Old style Cragar 5-spoke wheels and white letter tires set it off in a very old school way.

My dream car isn't much different. I have always wanted a '70 Chevelle SS with the LS-6 454 engine, 4-speed, red with black stripes & black interior.

I got kinda robbed of having a '57 Chevy Bel-Air years ago, a guy had one all apart in his garage for years, and I always asked him to sell it to me. I moved away & didn't get back to see him for about a year. Damned if he didn't sell it to someone else.

Oh well, I like my current toy, so all is well in my garage hehe.

Posted by: RickR on February 18, 2005 09:30 AM

My list is rather.. surprise.. extensive.


1) 1967 Shelby Cobra S/C 427
2) 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 396 SS (Dad's car)
3) 1966 Ford GT40 (Or one of the new GT's would do in a pinch)
4) 1965 Corvette Stingray
5) 2004 Mosler MT900S


1) 1965 Ferrari 250GT Spyder
2) 1953 Porsche 550 Spyder
3) 1997 Ferrari 355 GTS
4) 1998 Ferrari F40 LM GTE
5) 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster


1) 1965 Toyota 2000GT
2) 1998 Toyota Supra Turbo (which I own)
3) 1995 Nissan Skyline R-33 GTR V-Spec

Posted by: Mr. Lion on February 18, 2005 11:48 AM

.. 1950 Mercury convertible.. black...

Posted by: Eric on February 18, 2005 01:45 PM

1964 GTO

1970 Guick GS Stage1. With 510 lbs of tourque it holds the record of the most powerful naturally asperated motor ever.

1966 Pontiac 2+2

Posted by: C Dude on February 18, 2005 03:07 PM

Here's one way to get a '57 Chevy Bel Air.

Hemming's is a dangerous magazine. It convinced me once to change the points on my '64 Studebaker Cruiser in an abandoned was about that time I learned what "firing order" was...

Posted by: Chap on February 18, 2005 04:51 PM

79 Vette, black

Posted by: JAU on February 22, 2005 02:55 PM
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