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Encyclopedia > Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Interior
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door sedan
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan

The Chevrolet Bel Air was an automobile series produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors from 1953–75. From 1950–52, hardtops in Chevrolet's premium Deluxe model range were designated with the Bel Air name, but it was not a distinct series of its own. The Bel Air continued in production in Canada through the 1981 model year. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air photographed by Morven at the Garden Grove, California weekly Main Street car show on Friday April 16, 2004. ... 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air photographed by Morven at the Garden Grove, California weekly Main Street car show on Friday April 16, 2004. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Chevrolet (IPA: - French origin), (colloquially Chevy) , is a brand of automobile, produced by General Motors (GM). ... General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM), also known as GM, is an American automobile maker with worldwide operations and brands including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Holden, Hummer, Opel, Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Vauxhall. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ...

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History

1953–1957

In 1953 Chevrolet renamed its series and the Bel Air name was applied to the premium model range. Two lower series, the 150 and 210, also emerged. In 1955, Chevrolets gained a V8 engine option. Chevy two-door hardtops carried the designation "Sport Coupe." The Chevrolet One-Fifty, or 150 was the economy/fleet model of the Chevrolet car from 1953-1957. ... 1953 Chevrolet 2103 4-Door Sedan 1954 Chevrolet 2103 4-Door Sedan Chevrolet 210 1956 Chevrolet 210 4-Door Sedan 1956 Chevrolet 2154 Sport The Chevrolet Two-Ten, or 210 was the midrange model of the Chevrolet car from 1953-1957. ...


In 1955, Chevrolet's full-size model received new styling that earned it the "Hot One" designation by enthusiasts. Unlike Ford and Plymouth, Chevrolet's styling was considered crisp and clean. Bel Airs came with features found on cars in the lower models ranges plus interior carpet, chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders, chrome window moldings, and full wheel covers. Models were further distinguished by the Bel Air name script in gold lettering.



The '55, '57, and especially '56 Bel Airs are among the most recognizable American cars of all time; well-maintained examples (especially Sport Coupes and convertibles) are highly sought after by enthusiasts. Roomy, fuel-efficient, and with tastefully restrained use of tail fins and chrome, they are seen by many as vastly superior to the oversized and overdecorated full-size models that would roll out of Detroit for the next 20 years. “Detroit” redirects here. ...


From 1955–57, production of the two-door Nomad station wagon was assigned to the Bel Air series, although its body and trim were unique to that model. Prior to becoming a regular production model, the Nomad first appeared as a Corvette-based concept vehicle in 1954. Chevrolet has since unveiled two concept cars bearing the Nomad name, most recently in 1999. 1956 saw the introduction of the pillarless four-door model, called Sport Sedan and available in both Bel Air and Two-Ten models. 1955 Chevrolet advertising art designed to promote its station wagon vehicle. ... Estate car body style (Saab 95) A station wagon (United States usage), wagon (Australian usage, though station wagon is widely used) or estate car (United Kingdom usage) is a car body style similar to a sedan car but with an extended rear cargo area. ... French steam corvette Dupleix (1856-1887) Canadian corvettes on antisubmarine convoy escort duty during World War II. A corvette is a small, maneuverable, lightly armed warship, smaller than a frigate but larger than a coastal patrol craft. ...


1958 Impala, Bel Air, Biscayne, and Delray

For 1958, Chevrolet models were redesigned to be broader, longer and heavier than their 1957 predecessors. The Impala now became the premium Chevrolet, followed by the mid-range Bel Air. For the budget conscious, the Biscayne, (formerly the 210) and the Delray (formerly the 150) completed this model years family oriented and utility offerings. 1964 Chevrolet Biscayne The Chevrolet Biscayne was a series name of automobile produced by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, in the United States from the 1958 through 1972 model years. ... The Chevrolet Delray was originally an option package offered on Chevrolets full-size automobile beginning in 1954, debuting as an option on the 210 series. ...


Chevrolet's design for the year fared better than its other GM brethren, and lacked the overabundance of chrome found on Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles, Buicks and Cadillacs. Complementing Chevrolet's front design was a broad grille and quad headlights; the tail received a fan-shaped alcove on both side panels, which housed dual tail lights.


The Bel Air also gained a halo model in 1958, the Impala, available only as a hardtop coupe and convertible in its introductory year. Impala styling followed the basic lines of the other Chevrolet models but received special styling cues including a different roof line, a vent above the rear window, unique side trim, and triple tail lights housed in slightly broader alcoves. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Chevrolet Impala is an automobile built for the Chevrolet division by General Motors. ...


Despite being a recession year, consumers made Chevrolet the No. 1 make of automobile (beating Ford, which held the title in 1957) and the Bel Air was at the core of Chevrolet's popularity. With its wide variety of body styles and models, Bel Airs could be optioned with almost every conceivable luxury within the Chevrolet line. The Nomad station wagon name also reappeared in 1958 when the vehicle bowed as the premium four-door Chevrolet station wagon, lacking the unique styling of the 1955-57 Nomads. Most Chevrolet station wagon models had two tail lights housed in abbreviated alcoves, which were made smaller to accommodate the rear gate. An exception was the Yeoman [1].

1959–1965: Mid-range model

In 1959, Chevrolet elevated the Impala to top-line status, making the Bel Air the mid-level model. The Biscayne replaced the discontinued Delray as the least expensive full-size Chevrolet model.


From 1960, Bel Airs and Biscaynes could easily be identified by their use of two taillights per side; the Impalas had three taillights per side. Also, the Bel Air had more interior and exterior brightwork than the Biscayne. Many of the same options and accessories that were available on the Impala were also available on the Bel Air.


1966–1975: Low-line model

By the late 1960s (with the introduction of the Caprice), the Bel Air and its Biscayne stablemate were primarily marketed to automotive fleet customers. However, the Bel Air remained available to private customers who sought a basic, no-frills full-sized car that was slightly better trimmed than the low-line Biscayne. The Chevrolet Caprice (later called Caprice Classic) was a series name of automobile produced by Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, in the United States from the 1965 through 1996 model years. ...


A six-cylinder engine and three-speed manual transmission remained standard equipment through the 1973 model year; the automatic transmission had been the sole transmission choice on V-8-powered Bel Airs since the spring of 1971. Only about 1,400 cars were built with the inline six in 1973, and the engine and the outdated stick shift transmission were shelved by the end of the model year. All Bel Airs built in 1974 and 1975 listed a 350 two-barrel V-8 engine and Turbo-Hydramatic transmission as standard. US-market Bel Airs were all four-door sedans and stations wagons from 1970-75, but an attractive Bel Air Sport Coupe was sold in Canada from 1970-74.


When the Biscayne was discontinued after 1972, the Bel Air was demoted to the low-level model. The last Bel Airs for the United States were manufactured for 1975.


Chevrolet's Canadian affiliate continued the Bel Air as its lowest-priced full-size car through the 1981 model year.


2002 Bel Air show car

2002 Bel Air concept car (GM press kit photo)

In 2002, a concept Bel Air convertible was shown at the North American International Auto Show. It featured many styling and design cues from the legendary 1955–57 models, and had tail lights very similar to the Ford Thunderbird. So far, General Motors has shown no interest in producing such a car. Image File history File links 2002_bel_air. ... Image File history File links 2002_bel_air. ... 1938 Buick Y-Job, the first Concept car A concept car or show car is a car prototype made to showcase a concept, new styling, technology and more. ... The Ford Thunderbird was a car manufactured in the United States by the Ford Motor Company. ...


Bel Airs in Popular Culture

Chevrolet Bel Airs have been featured prominently in several films. These include American Graffiti (1973), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Thunder and Lightning (1977) and Perfect World (1993). American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed by George Lucas. ... Two-Lane Blacktop is a 1971 road movie starring James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Laurie Bird, and Warren Oates. ... Thunder and Lightning is the twelfth and final studio album by heavy-rock band Thin Lizzy, released in 1983. ... This article is about the computer game. ...


Alternative-country group Old 97's have a song called "Bel Air", found on their album Wreck Your Life. The Old 97s (L-R: Philip Peeples, Ken Bethea, Murry Hammond, and Rhett Miller) The Old 97s are an alt-country band originally based in Dallas, Texas. ... Wreck Your Life is the second studio album by American country/rock band Old 97s, first released in spring 1996. ...


In the Wideload game, Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse, several hovercars seen throughout the game resemble Chevrolet Bel Airs. Wideload Games is an American game developer located in Chicago, Illinois. ... Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse, or Stubbs the Zombie, is a third-person zombie game being developed by Wideload Games and published by Aspyr Media. ... A hovercar is a transport vehicle appearing in works of science fiction. ...


References

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  • Gunnell, John, Editor (1987). The Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975. Kraus Publications. ISBN 0-87341-096-3. 
  • Biel, John (2005), "A Glass Half Full: The Story of the 1958 Chevrolet", Collectible Automobile 21(6): 8-23.

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