1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Bel AirSOLD
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Estimate: $15,000-$20,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

$17,875 Sold

Specifications: 92bhp, 235 cu. in. inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, front coils with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs and four- wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115"

Having regained its production stride in 1947 and 1948, 1949 marked Chevrolet ’ s entry into the postwar styling era as they introduced a completely new and fresh design for their cars. The all-new Chevrolets were predominantly offered in two distinct series – the Special and the Deluxe, the latter of which carried the bulk of the options and accessories as standard. The cars were handsome and streamlined in their overall appearance and the sales in 1949 reflected this as Chevy sold over 1.1 million – a new company record.

By 1951, Chevrolet had made further refinements, this time mostly mechanical, as they incorporated a larger 235 cubic inch engine into the car the year prior. Notably, one of the only design changes came in the form of slightly raised rear fenders, quietly incorporating the growing General Motors “ tailfin ” concept.

The 1951 Chevrolet offered from the Wiseman Collection is a Styleline Deluxe Bel Air, and is unique in the Chevrolet lineup that year, as it featured a pillarless hardtop. The car is almost entirely original and unrestored; remarkably, it maintains its original window sticker, owner ’ s manual and accessory installation manual in addition to some period advertisements and a 1951 paint color chart.

According to the paint codes, the car is finished in Shadow Gray Metallic. Considering the age of the original paint, the condition is outstanding. Likewise, the chrome appears to be predominantly original and in very presentable condition. The interior of the Bel Air is entirely original and finished in a striking maroon and cream color combination. To protect the seats from deterioration, the upholstery has been covered in clear plastic. It appears that the dash was refinished in maroon and gray, yet the instrumentation looks to be original. The Chevrolet is equipped with a clock and a factory AM radio. The engine bay and underside both appear largely original and similar in condition to the rest of the car.

Mr. Wiseman purchased the Chevrolet in the mid-nineties, and has done everything possible to maintain its highly original condition. As is, this is a car for the enthusiast who values originality over show quality.

Reference Number 14909

as of 11/3/2007

Car 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Bel Air
VIN 14JKC67770 
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