1957 Chevy Black Widow

1957 Chevy Black Widow. For 1957 there were four standard engine options for this old car, a 235.5 cu in (3,859 cc) inline 6-cylinder producing 140 hp (104 kW), a 265 cu in (4,340 cc) V8 “Turbo-Fire” producing 162 hp (121 kW), and two 283 cu in (4,640 cc) V8s: a “Turbo-Fire” twin-barrel carburetor producing 185 hp (138 kW) and a “Super “Turbo-Fire” four-barrel carburetor developing 220 hp (164 kW).

16 thoughts on “1957 Chevy Black Widow”

  1. Great description of the engines, but you left out a few V8s. The “black widow” came with a solid lifter, fuel-injected 283 cu in that was rated at 283 hp, Regular 57s could also get an optional 250hp FI engine with hydraulic lifters, a 270hp V8 with solid lifters and dual 4-bbl carbs, and a 245hp 2-4s engine with hydraulic lifters. Can’t imagine why you would lead with a photo of this unique car and omit the high-performance end of the optional 283s for the 1957 model year.

  2. the black widow was a factory built race car,might of been the first copo,this car is very rare,and tops the list for collectors,Im thinking theres less then 100 of them ,no back seat,6 lugs wheels,Fuel Injection,4 sp trans posi track the engine was the 283 with FI cam,and horse pwr,was 225 to 255 after they jetted the injectors all black and white ,no heater,no radio,rubber mat flooring ,daul exh shorten,and they were made out of the 150 model,but lighten a lil,no spare or tools,no roll up widows in the back,and alot of fakes out there,so beaware,my two cents

  3. Geoffrey Ehrlichman

    In high school, I had a black ’57 Bel Air 2-Door post with a 270hp 2-4BBL 283. 3-speed Hurst shifter. Wish I still had that baby.

  4. I don’t know about the 265 cid, I think that disappeared after 1956. In the 283 small block, you could also get dual quads (270 h.p.) and fuel injection (283 h.p.), First ever one h.p. per cubic inch.

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