Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth , Texas
Four-door sedans represent a lot of style and practicality for not a lot of cash, and this handsome 1960 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan delivers on every count. One of the best-looking designs of the early '60s and the subject of a rather extensive freshening, this cool Bel Air is available for pennies on the dollar compared to its hardtop and convertible siblings. And here's a little secret: they all feel exactly the same from behind the wheel!
Repainted in resale black, this handsome sedan nails the 1960s look. Still flashy, but a little more subdued than the over-the-top '50s. The fact that this sedan survived at all is testament to the care that it has received over the years and someone invested quite a bit of money in the repaint, something that rarely happens with a 4-door. Perfect it is not, but it looks great and a professional detail could certainly take it up a notch. Fortunately, it appears that they had good base stock from which to work, because all four doors fit well and swing closed with authority, the hood sits flush, and all the unique Bel Air trim is intact. There are a few signs of use since it was completed, because this car is all about driving, but overall it is handsome and well-finished. The trim is in all the correct factory places, again showing off some great care over the years, and details like the Bel Air script and jet-inspired quarter panel trim makes it look far more expensive than it is.
The unusual multi-gray cloth interior was also installed at restoration and uses quality materials and patterns to give this Bel Air an appropriately upscale look. White vinyl inserts look great and once you're behind the wheel, you'll be comfortable with a big steering wheel and plenty of stretch-out room. The door panels mirror the seats and their ornate design nicely compliments the outside trim, and we love the hooded dash with five individual pods for the gauges. The AM/FM radio is still in the middle of the dash, which is a good idea given its unique design, and let's face it, it would be sacrilege to cut up that Art Deco dash. And right below that dash, you'll find the factory Cool Pack vent system (how cool is that?!) that pumps the cabin full of modern refrigerant A/C. The carpets are in great shape and match the upholstery and the back seat has massive leg room for long trips with the whole family. You also get a gigantic trunk that shows an original-style mat and perhaps even the original spare tire.
With a purring 350 cubic inch V8 under the hood, this Bel Air is a lot of fun to drive. We don't have any information on the rebuild, but the engine bay looks authentic, from the air cleaner to the cast iron exhaust manifolds. A weekend spent cleaning and detailing would pay big dividends and as I said, you can't argue with the way it runs. The generator still makes electricity, although it does have an electronic ignition upgrade, so it lights off quickly and easily. Thankfully, this car has a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission, which is a welcome upgrade, and that overdrive transmission delivers a lot of fun on the road. There's a dual exhaust system with glass-pack mufflers that give it a suitable Bel Air exhaust note and you can see that this car was never up north just by glancing at the undercarriage photos. With legendary big car road manners aided by power steering and cushy radials sitting on factory wheels/hubcaps, it rides and handles extremely well.
Big car style and comfort for not a lot of cash, this Bel Air delivers value all out of proportion to its sticker price. Call today!
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