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1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
This is a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible.
About this creation


A red 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible is my favorite car in the world. It has been ever since I was 7 years old. I have a large collection of red 57 Chevy models but none in Lego.

I was looking for a really good version and stumbled upon this one Open Source '57 Chevy project I want to thank Robert Poole and his design as he gave me a great place to start. His design was more of a low rider with small wheels. I strived for a more stock appearance complete with white wall tires and a continental kit. I made substantial changes to his design, these include:

  • Narrowed by two studs

  • Lengthened entire car by 6 studs

  • Redesigned inner-door panels

  • Changed the under hood appearance to look stock with a 283 V8 Fuli

  • Changed the color and design of the seats and floor of the interior

  • Changed the front headlights

  • Changed the gold detailing on the top corner of the front fender

  • Changed the contour of the front bumper and pulled one stud forward

  • Changed the hinge location of the hood to open from the front

  • Added a continential kit to the rear bumper

  • Changed the front fenders and sides of the front and rear bumpers

  • Added curved bricks to the outside of the vehicle

  • Changed to larger wheels and tires


My design could not have been possible with out special SILVER bricks provided by Chrome Block City on Lego Brick Link The silver bricks provided the contrast needed for the rear fender detailing. Also for the correct interior colors, and the aluminum top portion of the engine. Also, chromed, silver, gold, and red were also provided by Chrome Block City.



My 57 Chevy has 2702 bricks and took me 9 months to design, buy all the pieces, and build. After I first started building, I thought Robert's original design seemed a bit too short and too wide. It was VERY hard to judge this in LDD but when I started building it was very apparent.



I added a continental kit to dress up the rear end. It also frees up room in the trunk ;)





The continental kit pivots down to allow the trunk to open.



I relocated the glove box to the center of the dashboard and added a chrome red steering wheel. The smaller chrome one is supposed to be the horn.



The front seat backs can pivot backward and forward independently for easy access to the rear seats, just like the real one.



Here is the inner door panel. I am particularly proud of it because I wanted it to look just like the real inner door panel and make sure it shared enough pieces with the door outer so that I could actually build it. The lever on the left would rotate open the small vertical window above the front of the door( in the chrome surround). The chrome handle below that is to open the door. The lowest lever is to raise and lower the main door window. I also included an armrest. I looked at multiple photos and saw sliver and red. I thought red looked best.



Rear passengers need to lower their windows too, see the mini antenna used as a window crank.





I installed a replica of the 283 Fuli that was optional back in 57. It was the first engine to make 1 horse power per cubic inch.



The black box on the left with the yellow rounds is the battery. Behind that is the HVAC blower. On the right of the engine, mounted to the fire wall is the brake master cylinder. The grey flat rounds on both sides of the radiator are the horns. I used a chrome exhaust pipe as the fresh air intake. The round profile brick it goes into is the air filter.



UPDATE:

Here is a pic of my Lego model next to my 1:12scale Danbury Mint model



Thank you very much for looking at my 57 Chevy!




Comments

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  October 19, 2016
This is awsome! The amount of details and the amount of chrome bricks is sensational :-) Very Nice!
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  August 18, 2015
Stunning design, love all the details..use the of chrome and silver...excellent work
  April 27, 2015
The 57 Chevy is one of my favorite car. This is the best Bel Air in Lego.
  April 27, 2015
The 57 Chevy is one of my favorite car. This is the best Bel Air in Lego.
gertman 2000
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Sphinx Rising
  April 26, 2015
Nice details. I did 3 (static) 57s, low rider, stock, & Nomad, but been toying with trying to do a 55 like my step-father used to own when I was small. 70s Impalas are on my to do list also, but the ideas come faster than I can make them unfortunately. Keep up the great work!
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  April 26, 2015
Quoting Sphinx Rising Nice details. I did 3 (static) 57s, low rider, stock, & Nomad, but been toying with trying to do a 55 like my step-father used to own when I was small. 70s Impalas are on my to do list also, but the ideas come faster than I can make them unfortunately. Keep up the great work!
You should make MOC pages for all 3 of those '57's!!! Good luck with all your other projects too!
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  April 26, 2015
Quoting The Royal Brick Wow! This is the most stunning car that I have ever seen built out of LEGO bricks! Are those chrome parts all custom?
Thanks!!! Yes the chrome and silver parts are ALL custom.
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  April 26, 2015
Wow! This is the most stunning car that I have ever seen built out of LEGO bricks! Are those chrome parts all custom?
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  April 26, 2015
this is just a ..... perfect
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  February 6, 2015
Great work of Lego "Chevy" creationism! Well done!
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  February 6, 2015
Quoting Scott Bertaut I have a model 57 Bel Air that doesn't look this good. Great job with all of the details, really epic!
WOW thanks that's such a great complement. Thanks!
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  January 22, 2015
Excellent work. Wonderful design. The tail section is... sorry, I can only think of one word to describe it: COOL. Very cool.
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  January 4, 2015
I have a model 57 Bel Air that doesn't look this good. Great job with all of the details, really epic!
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  December 18, 2014
Stunning!
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  December 18, 2014
This is one heck of a stylish vehicle there. I love all those shiny parts but what kicks it is the steering wheel and no one, not even me gives it much attention but you took it to another level! Wow to the whole build! :D
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  December 15, 2014
Stunning
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  December 15, 2014
Incredible! :)
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  December 14, 2014
Lovely. Love those fins.
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  December 14, 2014
Awesome work!
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  December 14, 2014
Fantastic detailing!
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  December 14, 2014
Holy moly! This is a bautyfull Chevy. All that chrome looks amazing, It must have cost a small fortune.
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  December 14, 2014
Very splendid! Nice chrome work.
gertman 2000
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Matt Bace
  December 13, 2014
Absolutely amazing! This is easily one of the best LEGO cars I have seen in a long time. It doesn't look like you missed any details at all, at least nothing that's larger than about an inch. The interior and the engine look spectacular as well, and the chrome parts really make it pop.
  December 13, 2014
This is my son's magnificent creation!!! Congratulations on such an incredible work of art!!
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  December 13, 2014
Knowing the cost of chromed parts I am sure this one cost you a pretty penny. But well worth it. Looks great.
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  December 13, 2014
A real beauty; lovely detailing all over, and chrome!
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  December 13, 2014
Stunning!
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  December 13, 2014
Wow this is a real beauty. fantastic work all round. Love the door linings
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  December 13, 2014
Epic! Right up there with malte's green modern porsche in the level of detail and parts usage. Awesome work :-)
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  December 13, 2014
Super impressive. The level and amount of detail is wicked.
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  December 13, 2014
Beautiful work, the interior is the best part for me as it is so intricately detailed! Beautiful work, well done!
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  December 13, 2014
An Amazingly Beautiful rendition of the Classic 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible. I love it! very nicely done!
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  December 13, 2014
Wow... This is so detailed! Something you should be very proud of!
 I made it 
  December 13, 2014
Thank you to everyone who has commented and all the complements. It's greatly appreciated.
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  December 13, 2014
What, the, ????? Amazing man! This car captures the look of the real thing. O_O 1,000/5!!!
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  December 13, 2014
superb!
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  December 13, 2014
Whao!
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  December 13, 2014
One of the best LEGO cars for all of 2014!!! Superb shaping, superb detailing, and the chromed parts look INCREDIBLE.
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  December 13, 2014
Amazing details!!! Absolutely gorgeous creation!
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  December 13, 2014
That's one of the best mocs I've seen for a while. The amount of details (and chrome 8-P) is mind blowing! The scale itself is impressive! Good car choice, and more especially: Well done! 5/5
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  December 13, 2014
This is one of those Toy vehicles that would look perfectly natural if it were a bit bigger and driving the real streets! Wow! Your proportions are superb, each angle is perfect, and I'd love to take this for a spin! Great job; I am very impressed. Too bad I don't have enough bricks or money to try something like this!
 I like it 
  December 13, 2014
Excellent! Very beautiful work!
 
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