Chevrolet Bel Air

Fixed price

€ 75,900.-

Car-ID: XT0081
Model, Body type:
Engine Power:
3,859 CCM (105 KW / 142 BHP)
Manual transmission
4,500 mls

Vehicle Description

When it comes to playfulness in automobile styling, precious few can rival a tri-five Chevrolet. Behold the large jet plane hood ornament, the fan-shaped dashboard, mirrored on the passenger side with Bel Air lettering and clock. And just look at those chrome plated taillight housings with their pointed lights… would you have known that the one on the driver’s side folds down to reveal the filler cap? What we’ve got here is a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible, and a celebrity-owned one at that. Georgios Papandreou, former Greek prime minister, is among the previous owners of this beauty, which according to the consignor was subjected to a thorough overhaul in 2004, using original spare parts from the US. Since then, the car was only driven in fair weather, so the two-tone red/white paintjob as well as the colour-keyed leather interior both display very favourably indeed. The Bel Air has a well-kept black convertible top and runs on white sidewall tyres with chromed hubcaps, chiming in with the colour composition of black, white, red and silver that this Chevy is all about. The straight 6-cylinder unit – with 3.9 litres of capacity not exactly a tiddler, even though it does look a bit lost in its massive compartment designed to encompass much larger engines – is said to run very smooth. The Bel Air comes with historic plates and valid technical approval until 01/2018.

When Chevrolet started using “Bel Air” as name for a trim level in 1953, it was applied to the premium end of their lineup of full-sized cars. Over the years, this changed, and by the time the name was withdrawn in 1976, it had come to identify the entry-level model. It is the glamorous cars of the 1950s for which the Bel Air is best remembered. The second generation (“tri-five”) comprises the model years from 1955 to 1957. V8 engines became an option for the first time in a post-war Chevrolet, though in-line six-cylinder engines remained on offer for price-conscious customers across all generations of the Bel Air.
The yearly model changes had already become customary among the “Big Three” – General Motors, Ford and Chrysler – so for each year, the Bel Air looked a little different: 1955 models are identifiable by their Ferrari-inspired grille. For 1956, the restyling is said to have cost the company $ 40,000,000! Among other changes, two-tone paint – with colour-keyed interior – was introduced. The model year 1957 with its bumper bullets and pointed tailfins has become iconic, so much so it is arguably the most popular, the ultimate Classic Chevy, and well-maintained cars have long become collectors’ items.

Vehicle Overview

Interior Features

  • Leather
  • White

Exterior Features

  • White

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