It's one thing to have a well preserved and restored vintage car, but those of us who want a cut-above classic also look for something we can drive, too. That's what gets us excited about this 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air. Not only does it look fantastic with its factory-correct colors and 10,000-watt chrome smile, but also the original-style motor is a smooth runner...so yes, you can get a great standout classic at an affordable price.
The top-of-the-line Bel Air added plenty more bright trim, and the place you first notice it on this coupe is on the roof. The full window surrounds and complete bright c-pillar makes for a terrific separating line for the two-tone Shoreline Beige and Pueblo Tan paint scheme. These factory-correct hues give this classic '50s Chevy a very cool Art Deco feeling. But what you really love about a well maintained American classic is the mirror-like brightwork. Besides the roof trim that we already mentioned, the Bel Air correctly has brightwork running the full length of the side, outlining the lower rear fenders, surrounding every exterior light, and smiling with a shiny toothy grille. You even get the correct wheel covers that leave a line of matching tan paint before those beautiful whitewalls.
The interior feels like a time capsule. The option lists were a lot shorter in 1954, which gives this car an uncluttered appearance of a simpler time. The steering column is uncomplicated, with a big wheel to help make turning a breeze. Behind it are just two stalks – one for the turn signal and the other to shift the manual transmission. Despite this coupe's simplicity, the gauge cluster is quite informative. It has info for the fuel, water temperature, oil pressure, and voltage. The two-tone beige and tan is how the car was ordered from the factory. It looks great as it interweaves on the seats, doors, and dash. Plus, it makes for a nice complement to the exterior color.
Open up the hood and the honesty of this classic coupe continues. Chevrolet relied on the 235 cubic-inch motor for everything from the Corvette to its pickup trucks. The Blue Flame six-cylinder motor provided reliable power and good torque to keep these chrome machines cruising down the road. It shows quite nice with the bold blue block and a hint of chrome on the oil bath air cleaner. For those who want to get the most out of this engine, the three-speed manual transmission is the best choice to have, and there's just a real retro cool feeling about operating the 'three on the tree' column shifter.
This classic Bel Air captures a feeling you'd happily pay twice the price to recapture, and that's why we know it won't be with us very long. Call today!!!