Rock & Roll, where the riders sit in little cars on a track that are all clearly patterned after the '57 Bel Air - the attraction's sign even has a full-scale fiberglass Bel Air front end bursting out of it. Arlen Ness, a Northern California motorcycle builder, built a bike called Ness-Stalgia that's directly inspired by the '57 Bel Air. And when you go to car shows, try counting how many '57 Bel Airs show up. They all seem to come out of the woodwork, as well as their '55 and '56 brethren. It has to be something really special to get me to photograph one at a show. And the ones that do show up are typically red, blue, or black and sitting on American Racing TorqThrust wheels. Not that that's bad, necessarily. People do it because it looks good. These things still go for big money on the collector car market and are very collectible. Heck, I loved the '57 Bel Air as a kid. I built a model of one. I painted it blue and put on the TorqThrust wheels that were optional in the box. So yeah, the '57 Bel Air is a bit stale. But do you see the '57s on the street? Rarely.
Hanzel Auto Body Works on 23rd Street. They have a rare 1952 Ford F-3 HanzLift tow truck which I've been dying to shoot because it's the only one of its kind left. The fact the company specializes in servicing Citroëns also lures me back every now and then. But it was not to be, this time. No, instead, a few blocks away from the shop sat this pale yellow '57 Bel Air Sport Sedan.
As it turns out, this same car was previously featured on Curbside Classic in 2012, having been photographed about a block away from where I found it.