1953 Chevrolet Bel Air ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $40,000-$45,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $26,400

Specifications: 115hp 235.5 cu. in. overhead valve six-cylinder engine, Powerglide automatic transmission, coil springs front and rear leaf spring suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

Chevrolet introduced the Bel Air name in 1950 for its new two-door hardtop (pillarless) model. For the 1953 model, the name was assigned to a new top-of-the-line series, offered in a two-door hardtop now called a sport coupe, a two-door sedan, a four-door sedan and this convertible coupe.

For 1953, a larger, higher horsepower 235.5 cubic inch version of Chevrolet ’ s well-seasoned “ cast-iron wonder ” Blue Flame valve-in-head Six became standard for all models, with increased horsepower for those with

Powerglide automatic transmission. Ed Cole ’ s renowned small-block Chevy V8 was still two model years away. The added power on all 1953 Chevys would also maintain performance for a new larger body with added weight. Powerglide was an extra-cost option for $178, including the more powerful 115 hp engine. Three years earlier, Chevrolet had been first in the low-priced field with an automatic transmission. Power steering was a newly available option for the same price. Among new standard equipment was key-turn starting, first introduced on Chrysler products four years earlier.

Bel Air models featured numerous upgrades over the base 150 and middle 210 Series for 1953, including distinctive side trim, thicker foam padding on seats and, compared to the lowest series, such amenities as a horn-ring, right-side sun visor, and armrests. All had curved one-piece windshields. Like the V8, the wrap-around windshield was two years away.

The striking 1953 Bel Air Convertible Coupe pictured here in light blue is a very nice example with a recently reupholstered white interior and a white top. A well-optioned example, the Bel Air comes with a continental kit, fender skirts, dual mirrors, bumper guards, chrome wire wheels and wide whitewall tires. The automatic transmission allows ease of use and enjoyable cruising, there is a push-button radio, and occupants are protected by lap belts.

Although there are all sorts of exciting things one can do with a car like this, from local shows and cruises, there is nothing quite like driving a classic Bel Air down the strip on a warm summer night.

Reference Number 11572

as of 7/23/2007

Overview
Car 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
VIN C53F083558 
Exterior / Interior Color      Pale Blue /      White 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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