When Chevrolet first put out the BelAir name in 1950 they might not
have realized it but they made history. In later years the BelAir
would rise to be one of the most recognizable classic vehicle names
every introduced. They became the poster car for the 50's and even
most non car enthusiasts can pick them out of a line up. When first
used the BelAir designated all the two door hardtops in the full
size Chevrolet model range. However, that change in 1953 when the
BelAir name graduated from just a particular body style to being a
premium trim level applied to the various body styles available.
The BelAir design changed drastically throughout its run. Fenders
began becoming slowly more incorporated into the body and every
year seemed to bring something new to differentiate them from just
a year prior. This 1953 Chevy is a beautifully built car and based
on the "C" in its VIN is a true original BelAir. The current owner
purchased the car and completely redid it from front to rear. They
have built many classics over the years and do it right. The body
is all rust free and solid throughout. It is painted in a very nice
CCP Emerald Green that has a great shine. It comes to life out in
the sun where the pearl really starts to pop. The car has new 1
piece chrome bumpers and all of the chrome/stainless has been
replated and polished. The glass is all new and has a Green tint.
All of the electrical is working properly with all new wiring and
LED 1954 Chevrolet tail lights have been added in back. The
American Racing Torq Thrust wheels have a beautiful shine and tuck
nicely under the fenders. They are wrapped with Diamond Back White
Wall tires which are new. On the rear fender you will note between
the trim is a White painted accent which pairs perfectly with the
White Walls just below. This car really looks awesome in person and
our pictures don't do it justice.
This definitely isn't one of those where exterior looks were all
that matters because under the hood this thing is just as clean. It
is very clear that nothing has been ignored throughout the build
process. The original 6 cylinder has been swapped out for a 350 GM
crate motor has around 300 miles since installation as does the
rest of the build. It has been dressed up nicely with chrome
Chevrolet valve covers and a chrome dual snorkel air cleaner. It
has dual headers with exhaust which deliver a great sound. The car
runs cool even in Texas heat with an aluminum radiator with 2
Cooling Component fans and shroud. The engine compartment has a
great appearance in general with a painted to match firewall and
Black inner fenders. Mounted to the firewall is a chrome dual
master cylinder with proportioning valve. Combined with the motor
is a smooth shifting 700R transmission (with trans cooler) that
sends power back through a new drive shaft to the 8 inch Ford rear
end. It has 3:08 gearing and was built with all new parts. At 70-75
miles per hour it tachs around 2000 rpm so highway cruising can be
done very comfortably. Other nice upgrades include the TCI front
suspension and new gas tank with new lines and filters.
The interior on the car is all brand new and done in a very nice
Beige leather. It has an adjustable split bench in front with
pleated inserts as well as a bench in rear. The custom door panels
are done to match with nice stainless trim and all chrome hardware.
The headliner is high quality and tight with nice polished cross
bows. The carpet is done in Green to match the paint and it's clear
it was freshly installed. The dash is all cleanly painted and the
original Chevrolet trim and glove box door have a beautiful shine.
The gauge pod has the original layout but after market white face
Dakota Digital gauges have been added and include the analogue
speedometer, fuel, amp, temperature, and oil pressure gauges. It
even incorporates a tachometer and digital odometer. An underdash
section was added to house the Vintage AC/Heat and the Pioneer
AM/FM/CD/Bluetooth/Aux stereo. The tilt column is painted Emerald
Green as well and topped off with a custom reduced size 15 inch
1956 steering wheel. Those modifications are a nice touch and
really go well with the rest of the car. The Lokar shifter is
routed through the floor and moves through the gears smoothly. The
trunk has all new upholstery as well and looks great.
This is a beautifully built '53 BelAir that was just completed.
This is your chance to get a new build without the cost and
difficulty involved with building yourself or having one built.
There is no doubt there are many trophies in its future. In fact
the first and only show it has been to was the Dallas Autorama in
2022 where it took home 1st in its class and the ISCA Street
Achievement Award for a Traditional Vehicle. The original skirts
have been painted and come with the car along with some of the
original trim pieces.
This beauty could be yours for $59,750.00!
1953 Chevrolet Bel Air
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