1960 Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan Registration no. 422 YVS Chassis no. 01619N203843
America's best-selling auto maker at the time, Chevrolet did not make any major changes to its post-war line-up until 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.
Originally applied to a two-door hardtop coupé version of the Styleline Deluxe in 1950, the evocative Bel Air name was subsequently used to signify a top-of-the-range luxury trim level, commencing in 1953, rather than a separate and distinct body style. Six Bel Airs formed the 1960 line-up, though the bewildering multitude of engine, transmission and convenience options meant that a customer could order a vehicle direct from the factory that was tailored specifically to his or her taste. The Bel Air's basic engines comprised the 235.5ci (3,861cc) overhead-valve six and a 283ci (4.6-litre) V8. Power output depended on the transmission specified, and if the stock V8's 185bhp wasn't enough, there were numerous performance options available with outputs as high as 320 horsepower.
Americana at its best and one of the most desirable of all standard Chevrolets, this 1960 Bel Air sedan has the 283ci V8 engine and Powerglide automatic transmission. Restored at date unknown, the car was imported into the UK from the dry State of Texas and first registered in this country in June 2013. Described by the vendor as in stunning condition for a 55-year old beauty, the Bel Air has spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons as a 'show queen' as well as serving as a popular wedding car for brides in the 'Three Counties' region of Southern England. Finished in white with aquamarine vinyl/velour interior, this beautiful classic American is offered with MoT to June 2016 and a V5C registration document. Alloy wheels and lap-type safety belts are the only notified deviations from factory specification.