The Bel Air was introduced in the 50's and quickly became one of
the most recognizable vehicles of the decade. Production lasted a
lot longer than that though as the Bel Air continued to be used
through 8 generations lasting until 1981 at which point production
was limited to Canada. They were heavily redesigned multiple times
throughout their run as cars transitioned from the more box look of
the 50's into the more streamline look of the 60's. 1961 introduced
the 5th generation and received one of those complete redesigns.
The wheelbase remained the same but the bodies had a new look and
were reduced slightly. Bel Air was 1 level below the Impala and
have remained very sought after vehicles. This clean '61 is a 2
door hardtop meaning it incorporated the extremely iconic swept
back "bubble top" roof styling as opposed to the less popular sedan
which had the squared off roof. This car is an extremely nice
restomod that has been completely redone. The body is very solid
and painted in a nice vibrant Red paired with a White top. The
White is a perfect accent on the car especially combined with the
White stripe. The chrome and stainless on the car is in immaculate
shape throughout. It has the double front headlights and in back
the double taillights have been modified with blue dots in the
center for a nice old school touch. It sits on a set of 17 inch
custom Foose wheels that really give it a tough look.
Under the hood is a smooth running crate 350 cubic inch V8 crate
motor fitted with a 4 barrel carburetor, polished intake, finned
Edelbrock valve covers, chrome billet air cleaner, chrome
alternator, HEI Ignition and cool flex hoses. The engine
compartment is well done with nice Black inner fenders, Red painted
heads/block and Red plug wires for a clean look. Cooling is not a
problem even in the Texas heat thanks to the Champion aluminum
radiator and electric fan. It has a great sound with Hugger headers
into dual exhaust. Paired with the motor is a TH700R4 Automatic
with overdrive transmission and B&M shift kit moves through the
gears smoothly. The car is set up to run down the highway well with
3:73 gears in back. It really is a nice driver you can cruise
around in anywhere.
The interior is in excellent condition and has the same Red and
White theme as the rest of the car. The upholstery is a combination
of cloth and vinyl done in a stock style. A majority of the seats
are in Red but it has White/Black/Silver stripes running along the
edges. The carpet looks great and it has custom BelAir floortmats.
Mounted to the floor is a t-handle ratchet style B&M shifter so
you can put it in Drive and go or move through the gears yourself.
The dash is painted Red with the gauge bezel area painted White. It
utilizes a combination of an original speedometer with aftermarket
Autometer gauges. The tilt polished steering column is fitted with
a tachometer and billet steering wheel. It has been upgraded to a
Pioneer stereo with 6 brand new speakers that deliver a great
sound. The AC system blows cold and utilizes adjustable vents inset
into the dash. The trunk offers a ton of additional storage space
and houses a spare as well as the Clarion amp.
This nicely built BelAir has a lot of neat things going for it.
They are very unique and this one has been set up to enjoy for many
years to come.
It could be yours for $85,000.00!
1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
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