Chevrolet Bel Air

For 1965, the full size Chevrolet was totally restyled, and the cars were stretched to 213.3 in overall, even though the wheelbase remained the same. The new stamped grille had a lower extension below the bumper which was slightly veed. Curved window glass and round taillights mounted high characterized the new styling. The interiors were also redesigned and a very attractive dash resulted. The standard V8 remained the 283 CID model of 195 hp, but options included two new 396 cu in CID engines of 325 and 340 hp and two 409 CID blocks of 400 and 425 hp.

The Bel Air utilizes a stainless-steel belt and rocker molding, identifying signature on the rear fenders, a glove compartment light and power tailgate on 9-passenger wagons to distinguish itself from the lower-priced Biscayne series.

For 1966, Chevrolet was in its second season of a totally new body change, so mild facelifting sufficed including forward thrusting, blunted front fenders and a revised grille. At the rear, a break with the traditional round taillamps took place. Bel Air and Biscayne featured dual rectangular lamps with back-up lamps built in. Overall length was 213.2 in. The standard six-cylinder engine this year was the larger 250 CID version of 155 hp. New for the speed set was a 427 cu in V8 of 390 or 425 hp. Bel Air was readily distinguishable from Biscayne by its full length body side molding and rear fender Bel Air signatures. All-vinyl interiors were now standard on station wagons while cloth and vinyl trims continued on sedans.

Source: Wikipedia, 2013

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