The 57 Chevy Bel Air is one of the most recognized icons in the auto industry. With its performance and beautiful design, you automatically think of the “All American Car” of the fifties. Joe Brandise Sr. purchased this Tri-Five at an auction in 1986 at the Imperial Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It had all the stock trim and only 40,000 miles on the clock. He knew that, in the right hands, it could turn into a serious showroom draw. A passion for the classics has long been shared within the Brandise family. Joe senior owns a 1958 Impala; in high school, Joe junior drove a 1965 Mustang; and his sister, Tiffany, was given the chance to enjoy the 57 Chevy while cruising through her high school years.

After Tiffany finished high school, the family was very excited to get the 57 restored. Then the unexpected happened. The 57 fell into the wrong hands for its first restoration attempt. The chassis was tampered with and cut in half. The body, and all its parts, were dismantled and left in pieces. A year later, with a frustrating legal battle with the builder behind them, a second restoration was attempted and completed with the help of Joe junior’s family and friends. The only concern was where to build the hardtop sedan. The 57 found its home behind the family’s construction company where the four-year ground up began.

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