A Close Look At A 1957 Bel Air Sport Sedan Public demand for a V8 engine had grown from 26 percent of the new car market in 1950, to 33 percent in 1952 and to 50 percent by 1954. This left no doubt that the V8 was a major consideration for those buying a new car. Within GM itself, only Chevrolet and Pontiac didn’t have one. Fortunately for GM, Chevrolet was already planning for all-new and exciting 1955 models beginning in late 1951, with serious body development commencing by the middle of the following year. GM purchased new plants, including
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