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1959 Chevrolet Bel Air
The radical "batwing fins" on the 1959 Chevrolet.

1959 Chevrolet Bel Air

A more conservative approach, with "jet smooth" lines, evident with the aircraft inspired side trim. Chevrolet changed much of the bodylines from the more wilder '59's. The Bel Air was again offered as the mid line just under the Impala and the Biscayne remained the lower level more affordable option. In 1959 Chevrolet offered new radical designs with the '59 Bel Air, Impala and Biscayne. The "batwing fins" and "cats-eye" taillights were just a few of the new designs. The new '59s rode a 119-inch wheelbase and stretched about 2 inches wider and longer, and 150 pounds heavier than the previous year '58. The Bel Air became the midrange series for '59. Production series total included about 447,000 produced.

 

 

 

1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Bel Air Series 1500 - Six-Cyl
C 19 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,440 3,600 lbs Note 1
C 39 4 dr Hardtop Sport Sedan - 6P $2,556 3,660 lbs
C 11 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,386 3,515 lbs
Parkwood/Kingswood Station Wagon Series 1500 - Six-Cyl
C 35 4 dr Parkwood - 6P $2,749 3,965 lbs Note 1
C 45 4 dr Kingswood - 9P $2,852 4,020 lbs Note 1
Bel Air Series 1600 - V-8
D 19 4 dr Sedan - 6P $2,558 3,615 lbs Note 1
D 39 4 dr Hardtop Sport Sedan - 6P $2,674 3,630 lbs
D 11 2 dr Sedan - 6P $2,504 3,510 lbs
Parkwood/Kingswood Station Wagon Series 1600 - V-8
D 35 4 dr Parkwood - 6P $2,867 3,970 lbs Note 1
D 45 4 dr Kingswood - 9P $2,970 4,015 lbs Note 1

Notes:

Production was recorded by body style only: 4dr Sedan = 525,461 ; Sport Coupe = 164,901; Sport Sedan = 183,520 ; 4dr Station Wagon = 188,623 ; Convertible = 72,765. Chevrolet did not offer a breakout of numbers by series, model or engine.


Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Height Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Chevrolet 119 in 210.9 in 79.9 in 54-56 in 60 in 60 in 7.50 x 14
Chevrolet Station Wagon 119 in 210.9 in 79.9 in 56.3 in 60 in 60 in 8.00 x 14

VIN Numbers

Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair and on the driver-side door post on Corvette). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.
First Symbol - Model & Series
A - Biscayne/Brookwood 1100 Series (6-Cyl.) F - Impala/Nomad 1800 Series (V-8)
B - Biscayne/Brookwood 1200 Series (V-8) G - Sedan Delivery or El Camino (6-Cyl.)
C - Bel Air/Parkwood/Kingswood 1500 Series (6-Cyl.) H - Sedan Delivery or El Camino (V-8)
D - Bel Air/Parkwood/Kingswood 1600 Series (V-8) J - Corvette
E - Impala/Nomad 1700 Series (6-Cyl.)  
Second & Third Symbol - Model Year
59 - 1959
Fourth Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (L) Los Angeles, California
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (N) Norwood, Ohio
(F) Flint, Michigan (O) Oakland, California
(G) Pontiac, Michigan (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (T) Tarrytown, New York
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (W) Willow Run, Michigan
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

Engine Codes

Location Of Engine Code: 6-Cyl - stamped on a pad behind the distributor on right side of block. V-8 - stamped on the block in front of the right hand cylinder head.
Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
A 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 2 BC
AE 6-235 135 217 3-Speed Manual 2 BC
B 6-235 135 217 Powerglide 2 BC
C 8-283 185 275 3-Speed Manual 2 BC
CD 8-283 185 275 Overdrive 2 BC
CQ 8-283 230 300 3-Speed Manual 2 - 4 BC
CR 8-283 250 305 3-Speed Manual Fuel Injected
CS 8-283 290 290 3-Speed Manual Fuel Injected
CT 8-283 230 300 3-Speed Manual 2 - 4 BC
CU 8-283 230 300 3-Speed Manual 2 - 4 BC
D 8-283 185 275 Powerglide 2 BC
DH 8-283 250 305 Powerglide Fuel Injected
DJ 8-283 230 300 Powerglide 2 - 4 BC
F 8-348 250 355 3-Speed Manual 4 BC
FA 8-348 280 355 3-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
FB 8-348 335 362 3-Speed Manual 3 - 2 BC
FD 8-348 320 358 3-Speed Manual 4 BC
FG 8-348 300 350 Not Available 4 BC
G 8-348 250 355 Powerglide 4 BC
GB 8-348 280 355 Powerglide 3 - 2 BC
GD 8-348 350 350 Powerglide 4 BC
H 8-348 250 355 Turboglide 4 BC
HA 8-348 280 355 Turboglide 3 - 2 BC

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
3-Speed Manual Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
3-Speed Manual (close-ratio) Stamped on rear face of upper right corner
4-Speed Stamped on boss on lower left side of case just below side cover.
Powerglide Stamped on the bottom of oil pan
Corvette 2-Speed Powerglide Not Available
Turboglide Not Available

Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
W Warner Gear 4-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed, Overdrive*
C Cleveland Powerglide
B Toledo Powerglide (Corvair)
 

*Overdrive distinguished from 3-Speed by physical appearance only. The above transmissions will carry a production code number such as: S304 (S = Saginaw 3-Speed, 3 = March, 04 = 4th.)

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: The axles for Chevrolet will be built by Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Buick, Oldsmobile, and McKinnon. Divisional Manufacturer code letters will be metal stamped on the axle tube adjacent to the carrier for identification. Metal stamp on left rear axle tube on the rear side, letters and numerals 3/16 in. high, 3 in. outboard of carrier.
Codes - Non-Locking Codes - Locking Ratio Inspection Cover
Not Available Not Available 3.55 12 Bolt
Not Available Not Available 3.36 10 Bolt
Not Available Not Available 3.08 10 Bolt
Not Available Not Available 3.70 Not Available

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

903 - Aspen Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2933L
Dulux® Code - 181-92725

936 - Snowcrest White
Lucite® Code - 2697L
Dulux® Code - 93-91249

905 - Highland Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2932L
Dulux® Code - 181-92689

914 - Crown Sapphire Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2930L
Dulux® Code - 181-92945

910 - Frost Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2925L
Dulux® Code - 181-92716

925 - Classic Cream
Lucite® Code - 2924L
Dulux® Code - 93-92459

912 - Harbor Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2927L
Dulux® Code - 181-92297

938 - Satin Beige
Lucite® Code - 2928L
Dulux® Code - 93-93023

920 - Gothic Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2929L
Dulux® Code -
940 - Grecian Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2934L
Dulux® Code - 181-92944

923 - Roman Red
Lucite® Code - 2931LH
Dulux® Code - 93-93037H

942 - Cameo Coral Metallic
Lucite® Code - 2926LH
Dulux® Code -

NOTES: Color Combination Numbers are on a plate on the right side of the dash panel, under the hood, immediately below the heater water control valve (Ranco Valve).
 

Paint Codes - Two-Tone Combinations of the RPO-B, C, and D Series Cars are as Follows:

Series U (Upper Area) L (Lower Area)
B (11-1200 exc. 11-1270-1300-1400) Roof-Only Lower Body
C (17-1800 exc. 17-1867) Roof & Side Molding Insert Areas Lower Body
D (15-1600) Roof & Back Panel Cove Area Lower Body exc. Back Panel Cove Area
Paint Code Color Name Lucite® Code Paint Code Color Name Lucite® Code
990 (Upper) Aspen Green Metallic
(Lower) Classic Cream
2933L
2924L
973 (Upper) Snowcrest White
(Lower) Roman Red
2697L
2931LH
953
(Upper) Snowcrest White
(Lower) Highland Green Metallic
2697L
2932L
987 (Upper) Harbor Blue Metallic
(Lower) Frost Blue Metallic
2927L
2925L
962 (Upper) Frost Blue Metallic
(Lower) Harbor Blue Metallic
2925L
2927L
988 (Upper) Snowcrest White
(Lower) Grecian Gray Metallic
2697L
2934L
963 (Upper) Crown Sapphire Metallic
(Lower) Snowcrest White
2930L
2697L
989 (Upper) Satin Beige
(Lower) Cameo Coral Metallic
2928L
2926LH
970 (Upper) Satin Beige
(Lower) Gothic Gold Metallic
2928L
2929L
 
 

Paint Codes - Interior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

Red
Duco® Code - 2967H

Not Available Medium Gray Metallic
Duco® Code - 93143
Not Available
Dark Blue Metallic
Duco® Code - 93141
Not Available Copper Metallic
Duco® Code - 93144
Not Available
Medium Green Metallic
Duco® Code - 93142
Not Available Medium Turquoise Metallic
Duco® Code - 93145
Not Available

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