Many things changed starting in 1950, starting with a luxuriously-appointed hardtop coupe, called the Bel Air. The new Bel Air including upgraded cord and leather-grain vinyl trim (available in a choice of several two-tone schemes), full carpeting and other appointment, the Bel Air was officially part of the Deluxe range shared only their front sheetmetal ahead of the A-pillar with the rest of the range. The windshield, doors, glass, and trunk were common with the Styleline convertible, but the roof, rear quarters and rear windows were unique. The other change was the availability of Powerglide, a two-speed automatic transmission, exclusively in the Deluxe and Bel Air models. It was powered by a 235-cubic inch six-cylinder engine developing 105 horsepower and had a 3.55:1 rear differential; the engine went on to become the "Blue Flame six." Models sold with the standard three-speed manual transmission got the usual 216.5-cubic inch engine, developing 92 horsepower. Throughout the post-war years, many comfort, convenience and styling options were available, including tinted glass which was introduced in 1952, the final year for this style. Popular Mechanics rated fuel economy of 20mpg at 50 mph. After the end of the 1952 model year, the old nameplate Special and Deluxe were retired, and changed to 150 and 210, respectively, with trim similar to their respective former series. The Bel Air model became a full series, including two- and four-door sedans, station wagon and convertible; and represented the top-end model with features similar to the 1950-1952 models (luxury interior, full carpeting and other features)……This is a stunning example of a 1952 Chevrolet Deluxe hard top coupe, power by a 235 6 Cylinder motor teamed up with a factory 2 speed automatic transmission. It has been re-painted only once to its original color, Honeydue with a Black top. This car runs and drives great, dependable, easy to maintain and very rare in this original condition. The factory qauges all work original radio also works, NO RUST and super cool. This is a numbers matching motor and transmission, 6 volt up graded to 8 volt, lights and turn signals all work, factory fender skirts and hub caps and much more. It comes with a clean California (original) title. #36753 Now on display at the home of “over the top cars”CHECKERED FLAG CLASSICS 7743 MONTEREY ST GILROY, 408-847-8788 or 888-625-2774, sold as-is, California buyers are responsible for sales tax and license fees. Buy with confidence I am a licensed bonded California dealer. On the Web: checkeredflagclassics.com
The Pick of the Day shows the result of many years of loving care
Restored to perfection, and the perfect vehicle for cruising Florida’s two-lane roads
Car’s owner history has been researched and reported
The Pick of the Day is an attractive example of how traveling salesmen once visited their clients
The Pick of the Day is a tastefully customized vintage convertible said to drive like a modern car
With Monterey Car Week around the corner, I can’t help but daydream about the wonderful drive along the Pacific Coast Highway.
The four-door luxury convertible is pretty much an extinct configuration, gone by way of 1960s Lincoln Continentals, unless you count a couple of recent concept cars.
From the Tammy Allen collection and set to cross the block without reserve during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas option is this 1940 Ford Deluxe custom sedan.
After World War II, some car dealers distributed their limited inventory on a lottery basis.