The Chevrolet Bel Air was a full-size car produced by Chevrolet for
the 1950-1981 model years. Initially only the two door hardtops in
the Chevrolet model range were designated with the Bel Air name
from 1950 to 1952, as distinct from the Styleline and Fleetline
models for the remainder of the range. With the 1953 model year the
Bel Air name was changed from a designation for a unique body shape
to a premium level of trim applied across a number of body styles.
The Bel Air continued with various other trim level designations
until US production ceased in 1975. Production continued in Canada,
for its home market only, through the 1981 model year.
For 1955, Chevrolet's full-size model received all new styling and
power. The 1955 Bel Air was called the "Hot One" in GM's
advertising campaign. Chevrolet's styling was crisp, clean and
incorporated a Ferrari-inspired grille. Bel Airs came with features
found on cars in the lower models ranges plus interior carpet,
chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders,
stainless steel window moldings and full wheel covers. Models were
further distinguished by the Bel Air name script in gold lettering
later in the year.
For 1955 Chevrolets gained a V8 engine option and the option of the
2 speed Powerglide automatic, or a standard three speed
Synchro-Mesh manual transmission with optional overdrive. The new
265 cu in (4.3 L) V8 featured a modern, overhead valve high
compression ratio, short stroke design that was so good that it
remained in production in various displacements for many
Motor Trend magazine gave the Bel Air top marks for handling.
Popular Mechanics reported acceleration for a V8 Bel Air with
Powerglide as being 0-60 mph in 12.9 seconds, plus a comfortable
ride and good visibility. Brakes were 11" drums.
This Bel-Air is simply outstanding! Judged in 2003 and earning 995
points, the previous owner went through the report card and
addressed the minor deductions after which it has scored a PERFECT
1,000 points TWICE. This car is simply impeccable! Features Factory
Power Seats and Windows. Finished in Gypsy Red with Shoreline
Beige, this classy combination is beautiful.
Best of Show VCCA - 2004, 2005, 2007 (did not attend in 2006 )
National VCCA Certificate of Achievement - 2007
Gold Awards - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
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