ELIDA – As Bernard Zwiebel flipped through the pages of an automotive trade magazine, the colors of a 1957 Chevrolet – gunmetal coral and imperial ivory – made him look closer. The fact that it was a Chevrolet added an exclamation point to his excitement.
It was two years ago. Today, this 1957 2010 Chevrolet four-door sedan occupies a spot in the garage of Elida’s 75-year-old man.
“I just liked that color set,” Zwiebel said. “I’ve never seen a car with these colors around here.”
He bought the car from a man in Defiance. It only had 74,000 miles on it and was part of a Florida collection. It has been completely restored and of correct period.
“Over $34,000 was invested in the car,” Zwiebel noted.
It has a 235-inch six-cylinder Power Glide transmission that is completely stock. The engine was redone in 2018 with new Pertronox ignition. The interior was redone and various new chromes were added.
It was a hit at car shows.
He took the ’57 Chevy to four shows and it got three first places. But Zwiebel will tell you that while it was nice to take the top honors, what he really enjoys is the camaraderie at the shows.
“It’s fun talking to people at car shows and listening to their stories. I always discover things that I didn’t know,” he said.
The ’57 Chevy is just the latest in a long line of General Motors products that Zwiebel has owned.
“I had five cousins, all boys, who lived downstairs from me in Jackson Center. They had all kinds of cars back then and we were always tinkering with them. I just liked GM cars “, did he declare.
The first car he bought when he got out of the Navy in 1968 was a 1968 Malibu. Since then, he’s owned everything from a Chevelle to an El Camino.
“I found them to be pretty solid cars,” Zwiebel said.
The gunmetal coral color stands out on the 1957 Chevrolet owned by Bernard Zwiebel of Elida.
A spare tire stands upright in the trunk of Bernard Zwiebel’s 1957 Chevy.
The 1957 Chevrolet had a distinct front.