1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Bel Air Coupe  Chassis no. to be advised

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Lot 488
1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Bel Air Coupe
Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. to be advised

Sold for £ 11,500 (US$ 14,255) inc. premium
1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Bel Air Coupe
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. to be advised

Footnotes

  • 'Harley Earl and company attended to Chevrolet's first post-war restyle after all other General Motors cars except Pontiac, so these two makes used pre-war 'shells through 1948. But when change came it was dramatic - the '49 Chevys were some of the best looking GM products ever, and were precision built as well.' - Collectible Cars, Richard M Langworth.
    America's best-selling auto maker at the time, Chevrolet reorganised its line-up for 1949, rationalising the range into two Series - Special (basic) and Deluxe - both of which featured Styleline (notchback) and Fleetline (fastback) body styles. This distinction would last until the end of the '52 season when the fastback model was dropped altogether along with the 'Styleline' name. Chevrolet's sole power unit at this time was the famous 'stovebolt', 216.5ci (3,549cc) overhead-valve six, which had continued unchanged for many years prior to the introduction of GM's Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission in 1951, when a 235.5ci (3.9-litre) version became available. For the Styleline's final year, there were no fewer than six different body styles offered in Deluxe form, the Convertible, priced at $2,113, being the most expensive after the Station Wagon. The disappearance of the Styleline/Fleetline at the end of 1952 marked the end of an all too brief period when Chevrolet produced some of America's most elegant cars, a fact reflected in their increasing popularity with collectors.
    Dating from the Bel Air hardtop coupe's first year of production, this example has been stripped down and treated to a 'last nut and bolt' mechanical and cosmetic restoration costing approximately $65,000. Significant improvements incorporated in the course of the rebuild include a Chevrolet Camaro Crossfire fuel-injected V8 engine, GM Turbo Hydramatic R400 automatic transmission, upgraded coil-sprung front suspension, power assisted rack-and-pinion steering, power disc brakes, 12-volt electrics and air conditioning. Only 2,854 miles have been covered since the rebuild's completion in 2010 and the car is described by the private vendor as in generally very good condition. The vehicle has only just arrived in the UK and is expected to be taxed, MoT'd and registered by time of sale. (Prospective purchases are advised to check with Bonhams).

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  • Due to delays in shipping, the vendor has been unable to MoT or register the car prior to sale, but all duties have been paid.
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1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Bel Air Coupe  Chassis no. to be advised
1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Bel Air Coupe  Chassis no. to be advised
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