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Born to Vroom: Boss’ Bel Air Hits Auction Block

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
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Some people are “Born to Run,” and some are born to drive. “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” soon, and one lucky fan of The Boss will never have to take a “Long Walk Home” through the “Backstreets” or down “Thunder Road” if they win Bruce Springsteen’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible in a just-announced auction.


The car, where Bruce Springsteen allegedly wrote “Born To Run,” “Thunder Road” and “Backstreets,” is available for auction by BlindedByTheLight.com. The original vehicle registration, temporary insurance card and Allstate insurance card issued in Springsteen’s name and address are included with the car.


After the release of Bruce’s record “Born To Run,” the car was featured in the October issues of both Time and Newsweek magazines, ironically both on page 57.


The car is also featured in Bruce’s autobiography titled, “Songs.” He writes, “In ‘70’s New Jersey, the car was still a powerful image. That summer I bought my first set of wheels for $2,000. It was a ‘57 Chevy with dual, four-barrel carbs, a Hurst on the floor and orange flames spread across the hood.”


From October 2008 to January 2010, the Chevy was featured in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Annex in New York City, quickly becoming the most popular artifact in the museum.


In January 2010, the Chevy was moved to the main Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, where it became part of the largest Bruce Springsteen exhibit ever.


The car is in great running condition since the electrical and mechanical systems have been overhauled; the body and frame are untouched just the way it was when Bruce owned it.


A detailed color book has been compiled by the owner and noted Bruce Springsteen historian, Michael Crane, entitled “Out in the Street: Bruce Springsteen’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible” (80 pages) is included in the sale. The book documents ownership, history of the vehicle, the appraisal, and includes many rare photographs never seen before. Crane created BlindedByTheLight.com as a “one-stop shop” for all that is best about Bruce.


Visit the auction here.


Photo credit Eric Meola

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