For Sale: 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air in Charlotte, North Carolina

Vehicle Description

Both rare and highly desirable, this Bel Air Bubble Top is one of the coolest people movers on the planet! Much more impressive than when it originally rolled down GM's assembly line, this well-done coupe has been transformed into a take-no-prisoners weekender that consistently headlines cruise nights.

What started as a low-mileage, rust-free, west-coast car has been refined and reimagined into the showstopper you see today. Work began with stripping the entire car and taking the body down to bare metal. Subtle modifications were made such as removal of hood and quarter panel script and smoothing of the engine compartment. While the body work was being perfected and covered in brilliant Crystal Red Metallic paint, the original trim was painstakingly straightened and replated in show worthy chrome. For 1961, the Bel Air's new body utilized squared-off design, a sweeping roofline and unique trim to distinguish itself from Chevrolet's working-class Biscayne and top tier Impala. And with its glossy paint, graceful greenhouse and super low stance, this bubbletop brings new meaning to the word 'style'.

Gaze under the hood and you'll find a storied 409ci dual quad V8! Just as it should be! The big block is a pump gas torque monster that's just as comfortable cruising country roads as it is lining up at stoplights. At the top of the big mill, dual 4bbl carbs funnel fuel through Edelbrock aluminum cylinder heads equipped with full hydraulic roller valvetrain, and dressed with polished valve covers. High performance headers funnel spent gases into, true-dual exhaust pipes. Up front a beefy Madison heavy duty aluminum radiator keeps everything running cool. Like framing for a museum grade masterpiece, the engine compartment has also been finished to a show winning level. The fire wall smoothed, inner fenders smoothed and lengthened, and the body mounts redesigned for a sleek look.

Park this Bel Air Bubble Top on a lift and you'll find a fully sorted display worthy undercarriage. Slick floor pans finished in satin black, give a clean back drop the revolutionary X-frame refinished in gloss black. Behind the 409, a Tremec 5-speed spins a Ford 9-inch rear end that's fitted with sporty, 3.70 gears. Under that rock-solid drivetrain, a completely modernized Scotts front suspension is equipped with power rack and pinion steering, coil over shocks and Wilwood disc brakes. The rear suspension upgraded with 4 link suspension from Global West. Highly polished 18- and 20-inch Billet Specialties wheels spin Michelin Pilot Sport tires.

Open the doors and the style continues with a fully customized interior. A highly polished and padded dash hangs Dakota Digital gauges and a/c controls ahead of luxurious Chrysler 300 bucket seats covered in tan leather with accenting red stitching. Below those seats, Cognac carpet frames a custom center console and billet shifter. At the sides custom door panels mirror the custom headliner design splashing unequalled style everywhere you look. In front of the driver, a polished steering wheel spins a leather rim around a tilting steering column. And behind the passengers, a matching custom upholstered trunk is worthy of its own display.


Rare Bel Air Bubble Top body

Original sheet metal, low-mileage, west-coast car

Dual Quad 409 V8

Edelbrock aluminum heads and intake

Dual Edelbrock 4bbl carbs

Ross hydraulic roller cam and lifters

Tru Trac serpentine accessory drive

Engine overhauled, balanced

Estimated 500hp

5-speed overdrive Tremec Transmission

Hydrualic clutch

Ford 9in rear axle with 3.73 Posi-Traction

Power rack and pinion steering

Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes Drilled and Slotted rotors front and rear

Full custom interior

Tan leather upholstery with red accent stitching

Air conditioning

Power driver's seat

Custom center console

Power Windows

Billet aluminum steering wheel with tilt column

Original trim re-chromed

One piece front and rear bumpers

Rear side emblems and hood script removed for cleaner look

Turn signals built into headlights

Custom radiator support cover

Front inner fenders extended for cleaner engine bay

Front body mounts covered

Crystal Red Metallic exterior

Updated front suspension from Scotts

Updated tubular control arms front and rear

Coil over shock suspension front and rear

Polished Billet Specialties Monterey wheels 18- and 20-inch

Michelin Pilot Sport tires

Electronic parking brake

Custom dual exhaust

Kooks stainless steel headers

Hidden electric wiper motor

Battery relocated to trunk compartment

All new wiring

Dakota Digital gauges

Touch screen stereo

Documented build

Multi-award winning (trophies not included)

Car cover included

Restored and modified in all the right ways this awesome, Bubble Top Chevy is the perfect place to "See the U.S.A." and steal the show at every stop. Whether your interest lies in killer cruisers, unique body styles, or show winning design, this Bel Air Bubble Top has it all!

Vehicle Details

  • 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • Listing ID: CC-1820835
  • Price: $189,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1961
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Bel Air
  • Exterior Color:Crystal Red Metallic
  • Interior Color:Tan
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:1587
  • Stock Number:137734
  • VIN:11637S159893
Listed By:
RK Motors Charlotte
7600 Statesville Road
Suite H
Charlotte, NC 28269

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