1957 Chevrolet "Black Widow"
Donated by: Scott Hawley
You cannot buy a car today the way that you could during the height of the chrome era. In those heady, technology-conquers-all days, Chevrolet alone boasted three different series of passenger cars, all with jet-age styling and each with its own paint treatments and chrome trim to set it apart from the others. It was a hierarchy of models in a hierarchy of brands that General Motors had become famous for. But there was one special combination of equipment that transformed a Chevrolet into the car that positively identified its owner as a performance aficionado with an appreciation for mechanical sophistication. An otherwise ordinary two-door sedan delivered to racing teams with factory fuel injection, it became known as the Black Widow, because of the fear it instilled in their competitors and the respect it commanded by those in the know.