Everyone loves to stand out, and you know that's exactly what this
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air Sports Coupe guarantees. You'll hear, "Wow!
I haven't seen that in forever!" no matter if you take this for a
drive on a car show lawn, or simply on a leisurely Saturday drive
for ice cream. And the reason why you'll be taking it so many
places is that you have the right cruiser-ready upgrades -
including cold-blowing air conditioning.
You immediately notice the roof on this Chevy. They produced less
than half as many of these pillarless Sport Coupe models as they
did the standard two-door. It really complements the sleek roofline
and points the way for the sporty Impalas and Chevelles of the
future. The paint on this one strikes the right classic impression.
It's an older respray of the factory-correct colors, and it looks
attractive. The Fiesta Cream is a great '50s tone, but the
combination of Bermuda Green transforms this into an excellent Art
Deco feeling. It gives the impression of exceptionally
well-preserved original paintwork, with just a little extra hint of
metallic on the green roof and matching fender accents. So this one
feels classy, unique, and authentic - all in one glance. And of
course, there's plenty of chrome. This Bel Air has brightwork
surrounding every piece of glass, running the full length of the
side, outlining the lower rear fender, surrounding every exterior
light, and smiling with a shiny toothy grille. You even get the
correct wheel covers that leave a line of matching cream paint
before those iconic whitewalls.
The two-tone green interior makes for a nice complement to the
exterior color. The option lists were a lot shorter in 1954, which
gives this car an uncluttered appearance of a simpler time. The
steering column is uncomplicated, with a big wheel to help make
turning a breeze. Behind it are just two stalks - one for the turn
signal and the other to shift the manual transmission. Despite this
coupe's simplicity, the gauge cluster is quite informative. It has
info for the fuel, water temperature, oil pressure, and voltage. It
all looks quite vintage, right down to the working dome light, but
don't forget, this one loves to be a true cruiser. So you'll spot
well-integrated upgrades. The carpeting and cloth inserts of the
seats have been updated within the last few years for a more
comfortable feeling. And the addition of cold-blowing R134a air
conditioning makes it easy to roll down all the windows and fully
enjoy the hardtop.
Open up the hood and the honesty of this classic coupe continues.
Chevrolet relied on the 235 cubic-inch motor for everything in the
consumer vehicles, but the Blue Flame was the desirable one shared
with the Corvette. So it's proudly displayed in this tidy engine
bay. And because this is a driver, you'll also spot desirable
features, like the good lines, newer belt, newer compressor, and
the alternator for the 12-volt system. For those who want to get
the most out of this engine, the three-speed manual transmission is
the best choice to have, and there's just a real retro-cool feeling
about operating the three-on-the-tree column shifter.
This is one of those classics that people are going to be asking
plenty of questions about. So, it's a good thing it comes with
documents like the owner's manual and vintage sales literature.
It's the finest of '50s motoring that's made to be enjoyed today.