Tim’s ’57 Sport Cruiser

 

1957 Chevrolet

Owners:



Tim and Elena Sellers
– Redmond, WA

Background:

Why it’s called a Sport Cruiser is beyond us, but that’s what the brochure says so it must be true!  I’ve also heard these versions called Airport Taxis and Limousines.  Whatever it’s called, you’ll never find it on the NWCCC
body styles poster
.

We don’t
know much about it other than it was one of around 20
built originally in ’57 and has the front and back of
a 4-door sedan and most likely the centers of two 2-door
sedans.  From what we’ve been told and now confirmed
in the sales brochure, the National Limousines company
from Knoxsville, IN worked with the Chevy manufacturers
to create these cars to take people to and from the
airports.  If you know anything more about this
particular model, please let me know –
timsell@msn.com.


the limo – a “before” shot at
Pike’s Market in Seattle, WA

We found
this one on ebay of all places and knew we had to have
it.  After winning the bidding but losing to a “reserve”
price, we contacted the seller in Montreal directly
and worked out a deal.  After a quick train ride
across Canada, we picked it up in Vancouver and drove
it home.  All this without ever seeing the car
in person!  After getting it home and fixing some
minor issues with the brakes and electrical, it was
put on the local outdoor show scene for the 2003 season.

By the
end of that year, I decided it needed some attention.
It’s okay as a 20 foot car (that means it looks nice
from about 20 feet away) but I really want this one
to look respectable up close also.  So, it was
time for a renovation.  I call it that and not
a restoration because my goal is to update the mechanical
and electronics to today’s standards in safety, comfort
and convenience.

My hope
is to have it completed by the club’s 2007 show in August
to help celebrate its 50th anniversary.  But as
anyone who has done a renovation can tell you (and they
keep telling me), this is not a process you can rush
if you want good results.  It will be done when
it’s done.

Fast-forwarding
to May of 2006, the bodywork is getting closer to done
now and I’m starting to figure out the interior.
Take a look at what’s gone on up to this point:

I hope
you enjoy the build-up,
-Tim


the limo – a
current
shot of the body work being done