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Chevrolet Bel Air

(1957 model)

Brief specs of 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 3860 cm3 / 235.6 cu in / 235.6 cu in, 104.4 kW / 140.0 hp / 140.0 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, 285.0 N·m / 210.2 lb·ft / 210.2 lb·ft @ 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)ChevroletIssued from1957
ModelBel AirIssued until
SerieBel AirNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerGeneral Motor CompanyCountryUS

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors4
Bodywork typesedan (saloon)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)5890 l / 208.00 cu ft / 208.00 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length5017 mm / 197.5 in / 197.5 inTotal (curb) weight1483 kg / 3269 lb / 3269 lb
Width1854 mm / 73.0 in / 73.0 inDry weight
Height1499 mm / 59.0 in / 59.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2921 mm / 115.0 in / 115.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1473 mm / 58.0 in / 58.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1492 mm / 58.7 in / 58.7 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance203 mm / 8.0 in / 8.0 inFuel capacity60 l / 13.2 UK gal / 15.9 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.72  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.36 m2 / 25.4 sq ft / 25.4 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders6
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 6 cylinder)Total number of valves12
Engine ManufacturerGMValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore90.5 mm / 3.56 in / 3.56 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke100.0 mm / 3.94 in / 3.94 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.91
Fuel supply1 Ro carbEngine displacement3860 cm3 / 235.6 cu in / 235.6 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity643.33 cm3/cylinder / 39.258 cu in/cylinder / 39.258 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio8.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power104.4 kW / 140.0 hp / 140.0 hp at 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque285.0 N·m / 210.2 lb·ft / 210.2 lb·ft at 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)41.8 kW / 56.0 hp / 56.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output27.1 kW/l / 0.594 bhp/cu in / 0.594 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque73.8 N·m/l / 0.65 lb·ft/cu in / 0.65 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typeautomaticNumber of gears3
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.7

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio94.4 kW/ton / 71.5 bhp/ton / 71.5 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock5.4Turning circle12.6 m / 41.3 ft / 41.3 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springsSuspension rearLive axle, Semi-elliptic leaf springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Chevrolet Bel Air

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