1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Two Door SedanSOLD
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Estimate: $25,000-$30,000

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $19,800

115hp, 235.5 cu. in. overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, independent coil spring front and semi-elliptic leaf spring rear suspension with a semi-floating rear axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

To say the least, 1953 was an active year for Chevrolet; three new models were introduced, giving Chevrolet, now with 17, the largest model range in the company ’ s history. And while the introduction of the Corvette was stealing all the headlines, it was the all-new Bel Air that was Chevrolet ’ s crown jewel. Advertisements of the day declared the Bel Air was: “ Startlingly New! Wonderfully Different! ”

The Bel Air series, which consisted of a two and four-door sedan, a sport coupe and a convertible coupe, included everything standard on the lower priced series plus a lot more comfort, convenience and styling. It was evident Chevrolet was throwing everything they could think of into the line and as a result Americans embraced the Bel Air.

In the same advertisement mentioned above, Chevrolet boasts: “ Wherever you turn in this great new car, you ’ ll find new things to enjoy and admire. Key-turn starting! Added width at shoulder level in both front and rear! The extra comfort and safety of the new Foot-Form brake pedal! One-piece curved windshield for better visibility! And a long list of other features that make this a car you ’ ll be proud to own. ” Other items on this list included a new Fisher Unisteel body, a new “ giant-size carry-all ” luggage space, and of course the all-new 115 horsepower Blue- Flame inline six-cylinder engine, which was the most powerful engine fitted to a Chevrolet to date.

The striking 1953 Bel Air Two-Door Sedan pictured here is a highly original example in very impressive condition, having never been treated to a complete restoration. It is finished in black, which is believed to be the original paint, however there is no way of verifying this; it may be an older repaint that was professionally applied. The gray interior is very well optioned with a push button radio, fender skirts, fingernail guards, wide whitewall tires, heater/defroster, full wheel covers and Venti-pane wind deflectors. With only 21,700 actual miles on the odometer, the Blue Flame Six looks and drives like an engine with very low mileage. This Chevrolet is ideally suited for cruising as nothing compares with driving a highly original example that has never had its engine or chassis disassembled.

Reference Number 11126

as of 7/12/2007

Car 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Two Door Sedan
VIN C53T094437 
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