For sale at Gateway Classic Cars in our St. Louis showroom is a 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air. This drop dead gorgeous Bel Air is powered by a non-original 409 Big Block V8 and mated to a Muncie 4-speed manual. The real kicker is the original low mileage, 32,418 original miles and all original sheet metal! That makes for an easier restoration and this restoration is fantastic. With big block power, a four speed and impressive paint and body work; this is an easy crowd pleaser. The paint looks a few days old but is in fact 7 years old. That's what happens when you cherish a car like this one. This is not an original 409 car but is powered by a date coded 409. The blue interior is an uncommon but very tasteful combo with the beautiful black paint. Finishing off the classic muscle car sleeper look is a set of black wheels with dog dish hubcaps. The heart of this car is the infamous 409 engine. During the restoration, the engine was bored .040 over, fitted with a Thumper camshaft and balanced. Oh, what a sound it makes! Inside you'll find a factory tachometer, (rare) factory tilt steering column and radio delete. Other equipment includes a heavy-duty sway bar, power steering and 3.50:1 rear gears. For more information on this show stopper 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air, call 618-271-3000 or stop by our St. Louis showroom. To view HD photos and video, visit www.gatewayclassiccars.com
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