1954 Chevrolet Bel Air
The first generation of Chevrolet’s iconic full-size car was introduced in 1950 and by 1953 the Bel Air name was reserved for premium trim packages on several models. This particular 2-door sedan is powered by an 235 cu in inline 6-cylinder engine mated to a 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. Features of the new Bel Air included chrome side moldings on the rear fender bulge, curved one-piece windshield, chrome interior trim (deluxe steering wheel, dashboard, etc.), carpeting, full wheel covers, and independent front suspension. In 1954 the Bel Air went virtually unchanged, save for a revised grille and taillights. Under the hood, the engine underwent internal changes to allow for a full-flow oil filtration system. This vehicle has spent the last couple of decades in Florida and has the receipts to back it up, including: engine rebuild (Aug ’96), exhaust replacement (Sep ’96) and radiator re-coring (May ’96).
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