Thursday, March 26, 2015

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Hot Rod by Franklin Mint

Like so many other trends, hot-rodding began in California where drivers would take their souped-up car out to the salt flats to race. On a Saturday, one could see a variety of hot-rods parked at a drive-in dinner...revving its engine at a red light on Main Street... cruisin around the neirghborhood... or headed to the straightways out of town for some good old racing.
The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air was perfect for souping-up. It aleady was available with a dynamic Super Turbo-Fire  Corvette 265, V8, fuel injection engine, they feel when the engine was dropped in it purred with the silky flow of power. It had clean lines, impressive fins and an aggressive front grille, and combined with a hot-rodder's customized accessories and pain finish, the Bel Air was undoubtedly the best thing on the streets each Saturday night.
"The Hot One hotter" was the slogan touted Chevrolet in the fifties, and today the same slogan still rings true for this Franklin Mint 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. The model has an authentic dramatic fiery painted surface, which is a high-end. Opening hood with detailed engine.  The front grille  with badge is a masterpiece. Quality chrome trim along the body and around the windows, no silver imitation. There’s well-done interior detailing, with beautiful red steering wheel with chrome middle part. The chassis is standard in high-level.  Model belongs to the rarer Franklin Mint.

 Manufacturer: Franklin Mint
 Scale: 1/43
 Year of Production: 1998
 Part Number: XR16
 Material: DieCast
 Rating: 9/10