Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe
The Chevrolet Bel Air is a full-size automobile that was produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1950–1975 model years. Hardtops in the Chevrolet Deluxe Styleline model range were designated with the Bel Air name from 1950–1952, but it was not a distinct series of its own until the 1953 model year. Bel Air production continued in Canada for its home market only through the 1981 model year.
In 1950, Chevrolet came up with a revolutionary style that would set a pattern for decades. The Bel Air Hardtop was styled as a convertible with a non-detachable solid roof. Models like this had been around since the 1920s, including early Chevrolets, with no degree of success. But the newly revised idea, sweeping the GM line from Chevrolet to Cadillac, had finally found its era. First year production reached only 76,662 as buyers cautiously tested the revised concept. The car cost $1,741 and weighed 3,225 lb.
283 cu. in. V-8 engine with a four-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, independent front suspension via upper and lower wishbones and coil springs, live rear axle with leaf springs, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115 in.
Part of the RM Auctions event for Charlie Thomas in October, 2012.
Source: RM Auctions; Mecum Auctions; Wikipedia, 2012
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel