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Username Post: Difference between 57 post & hardtop        (Topic#41384)
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08-04-03 03:04 AM - Post#277659    

Hello all,

I'm new to the hobby, but hope to get into restoring a 1957 sometime in the relatively near future. I'm curious as to the difference between a 1957 post and a no-post/hardtop? I've looked at numerous pictures and can't see a difference, although I've never made an in-person comparison between the two.


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Re: Difference between 57 post & hardtop
08-04-03 03:29 AM - Post#277660    
    In response to bds34

A hardtop has no post between the front door and rear door or quarter windows when they are rolled down. A sedan (post) has a painted post in between those windows. A hardtop is sportier and has a more pronounced dip behind the front door.

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Re: Difference between 57 post & hardtop
08-04-03 08:59 AM - Post#277661    
    In response to bds34

You could get either body style in the same trim level:

Bel Air (most expensive, most Chrome/Stainless)


150 (I'm not sure if you could get a 150 Sport Coupe/Hard Top)
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Re: Difference between 57 post & hardtop
08-04-03 10:01 AM - Post#277662    
    In response to 57BBC

"150 (I'm not sure if you could get a 150 Sport Coupe/Hard Top) "
No. 150's all were sedans (posts).
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Re: Difference between 57 post & hardtop
08-04-03 12:56 PM - Post#277663    
    In response to bds34

You'll also find that a "hardtop Bel Air" will bring a higher price, condition, options, etc. being equal. Personally, I like the hardtops the best, allthough they are all nice. The roof lines are also different. You'll see ALOT of people advertising a sedan (post car) as a hardtop on eBay. I'm not sure if they don't know the difference or are using the "hardtop" description as a buzzword to grab ya.

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Re: Difference between 57 post & hardtop
08-04-03 02:26 PM - Post#277664    
    In response to GaryC

Welcome to Chevytalk Brian. These pics of some members cars should give you a better idea of the differences.



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Re: Difference between 57 post & hardtop
08-05-03 05:24 AM - Post#277665    
    In response to GaryC

I think that's why I was confused... I think many people think of a "hardtop" as "not a convertible." That was my mindset at first until I got a shop manual and realized there were actually three body styles -- sedan, hadtop, and convertible -- rather than just two.


Re: Difference between 57 post & hardtop
08-05-03 07:21 AM - Post#277666    
    In response to bds34

Just remember in '56-'57 there was also the 4dr hardtop and 4dr sedan too.

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