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1964 Chevrolet Bel Air

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Imagine prowling the streets in this black 1964 Chevy Bel Air 2-door post coupe. There's not much to give it away beyond the big 17-inch wheels, and most folks would simply regard it as a nice old Chevy. But underneath that silky black hide lives a potent 454 cubic inch big block and a 4-speed manual that will make this car more than a match for most anything it runs up against on the street. The paint and bodywork are less than a year old, and code 900 Tuxedo Black is this car's original color. I know we've said it before, but when you paint a car black, it needs to be straight or else the entire effect is ruined. Look at the photos of this one, and you'll realize that the guys who worked on this car understood what needed to be done. Panel gaps are very good, and the paint went down over panels that were probably block sanded until their fingers bled. The simple black paint scheme helps add to this car's low profile appeal, and while I wouldn't exactly call it a sleeper, it's certainly going to stay under the radar. All the original Bel Air trim was retained, and you can see how straight it is by looking at the stainless strip that runs the length of the body. This car isn't an Impala, so there are two taillights per side instead of three, and the big Chevrolet emblem in the center of the trunk is nicely finished. Bumpers have been re-chromed, and the front grille is in excellent condition. The code 872 red vinyl interior is largely original, which should give you a good idea of how clean this car was when the work started. The front bench seat is showing its age, but there are no splits or tears in the vinyl, and the foam underneath is still firm and comfortable. Carpets appear to be recently installed, and the door panels are so nice, I have to believe they're new, too. The original instruments are in working condition, including the cool OEM tachometer mounted directly ahead of the steering column. A trio of aftermarket gauges has been added under the dash, monitoring oil pressure, temperature, and amperage, and they're mechanical, so they have a full 270-degree sweep on the needles. The shifter for the 4-speed sprouts from the transmission tunnel, and sports a Hurst mechanism with a traditional white cue ball knob. A newer AM/FM/cassette head unit lives in the original AM radio's location, but blends in nicely without calling attention to itself. Power comes from a recently rebuilt 454 cubic inch big block Chevy. Rebuilt less than 500 miles ago, it features an .040 overbore and a 3-angle valve job that make it run like new. In the lightweight Bel Air, it delivers explosive performance that even the hottest 409 of the era couldn't hope to match. It's a tight fit in there, but it looks right at home with Chevy Orange paint on the block, factory style chrome valve covers, and an open element air cleaner with appropriate decals on top. An Edelbrock intake and 4-barrel carburetor handle the intake side, while a set of full-length headers manage the exhaust. Other upgrades include a dual master cylinder, an alternator, and an MSD ignition system. Underneath, you'll find that Muncie 4-speed manual that can easily handle the big block's twist, driving the original rear end. A trick Flowmaster exhaust system hugs the frame's curves and fits beautifully, dumping just ahead of the rear wheels, NASCAR style. Everything has been undercoated for durability and cruising comfort, but there's no sign of panel replacement, proving that this is a clean, original piece. Wheels are 17-inch American Racing Torque Thrust IIs wearing 225/50/17 Michelin Pilot radials. These early '60s full-sized Chevys have never gone out of style, and they've enjoyed a dedicated following almost since new. With big car comfort and muscle car performance, they're great cars to drive, and are universally respected in the car guy culture. This one's beautiful color combination and nicely preserved interior will win it a lot of second looks, and the rumbling big block under the hood will earn it a ton of street cred. Available for less than the cost of the restoration work, this is a lot of car for the money and is ready to have fun this summer. Call today!

Reference Number 125318

as of 5/11/2011

Car 1964 Chevrolet Bel Air
VIN 41611Y152553 
Mileage 94,043 miles 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
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