Introduced in 1950, the Chevrolet Bel Air was a car that spoke of youth and freedom. It was available with a six-cylinder engine, offering 115 hp. It was flashy, bearing a two-tone paint scheme as well as a beautifully tailored, two-tone interior. As the ’50s progressed, the Bel Air continued to thrive as the ’All-American car’; it increased in magnitude, and became available with a variety of engine sizes, including the V-8, which was normally reserved for the powerful Corvette.
Chevrolet renamed its series in 1953 and the Bel Air name was applied to the premium model range. In 1955, Chevrolets gained a V8 engine option,new styling that earned it the "Hot One" designation by enthusiasts. Models were further distinguished by the Bel Air name script in gold lettering.
Chevrolet’s styling was considered crisp and clean.
The car came with features found on cars in the lower models ranges plus interior carpet, chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders, chrome window moldings, and full wheel covers.
The Bel Airs were among the most recognizable American cars of all time.Roomy, fuel-efficient, and with tastefully restrained use of tail fins and chrome, they are seen by many as vastly superior to the oversized and overdecorated full-size models that would roll out of Detroit for the next 20 years.
From 1955–57, production of the two-door Nomad station wagon was assigned to the Bel Air series, although its body and trim were unique to that model. Prior to becoming a regular production model, the Nomad first appeared as a Corvette-based concept vehicle in 1954. Chevrolet has since unveiled two concept cars bearing the Nomad name, most recently in 1999.
The popular Chevrolet Bel Air convertible saw 47,562 units produced.With the optional 245 HP 283 CID small block V-8 equipped with two four barrel carburetors, this Bel Air Convertible delivers a hearty purr from its dual exhausts.
These popular cars became an icon over the years. The entire generation become one of the most desirable and collectable post war cars of all. 47,000 Bel Air convertibles were produced in the 1957 model year.
The Bel Air underwent some drastic styling changes in an effort to boost sales in 1957. The Bel Air was lowered by 1.5 inches and made 2.5 inches longer.With a new unmistakable look with, dramatic tailfins and jet-inspired pods to house the headlamps, sales skyrocketed.
The Bel Air become one of America’s most popular production car, the car of the rock-and-roll generation, representing independent, style and flair.
The ’57 Bel Air convertible is a car for the road, nighttime cruising, or concours, a car that is sure to turn heads and elicit memories.