A Photo Story: The Chevy Bel Air

This was originally published on September 9, 2011.

 

A pair of 1955 Chevy Bel Air’s photographed at a Florida car show on July 16, 2011.  The Chevy Bel Air was first available to the public in 1950.  But the car I really love is what is referred to as the second generation of Bel Air’s, 1955-57.

“ Starting in 1955, Bel Air’s came with interior carpet, chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders, chrome window moldings, and full wheel covers. The crisp, clean look distinguished them as different from Ford’s and Plymouth’s.  Models were further distinguished by the Bel Air name script in gold lettering and the 1955 Chevrolets added a V8 engine option.”

A 1956 Bel Air Nomad wagon as seen at a car show on July 16, 2011. ” In 1956 two tone body style treatments, a new grille design plus the introduction of the new Sports Sedan and the Nomad two-door wagon gained in popularity.”

A passengers side shot of a 1956 Chevy Bel Air Nomad wagon.

A drivers side shot of a 1956 Chevy Bel Air Nomad wagon.

The hood ornament of a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad wagon.

The single tail light assembly of a 1956 Chevy Bel Air Nomad wagon held the tail light, stop light and back up light all in one housing an idea popular with Cadillac.

A blue 1957 Chevy Bel Air as seen at a Florida car show on July 16, 2011.  Brand new it cost $3,116.63 now it’s worth probably 15 times that.” The ’57 Bel Air’s are among the most recognizable American cars and most desired by car collectors, especially Sport Coupes and convertibles.”

This red 1957 Chevy Bel Air was seen at a Florida car show on July 16, 2011.

Technical and quoted information comes from the Wikipedia entry on Chevrolet Bel Air’s.

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