Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
This exceptionally clean Bel Air is a classy stunner that mixes 454 cubes of V8 power along with completely unassuming looks. The consigner loved to show the car, and every now and then give it the old clean out by smashing the boot to the floor. So, not unlike the consigner, if you're looking for a cool classic that's road ready, show-ready and just plain battle-ready, it's the perfect way to go to your local cruise in and turn some heads.
Staying true to its roots, the Bel Air is devoid of any fancy trim. Hmmm, do I smell a sleeper here? A simple sedan roofline is hovering above two doors with nice gaps around the straight steel sides of this large and in charge Chevy. A respray of deep end of the pool Dusk Blue covers all this metal with the most notable fault being a ding in front of the passenger's rear wheel. In keeping with tradition, the duo of taillights has migrated into the rear bumper, which is shiny and mirror-like. Long hood and trunk panels make this an excellent boulevard cruiser with plenty of room to spare. Good badging, including 427 call outs on the front fenders and a Yenko Chevrolet badge on the trunk and beautiful grille keep the bling to a minimum while letting the body lines speak for themselves. Up front, an egg crate grille and quad headlights are surrounded by a corral style front bumper with all chrome being near flawless. Body colored steel wheels with dog dish caps are wrapped with 15" Firestone red stripe tires and continue the "speak softly and carry a big stick theme". There are not many other Bel Air examples that will be able to catch this one on the visual and attention to detail scale.
Very original and showroom sums it up! Light blue vinyl with horizontal wide embossing is accentuated by shiny cranks, handles and simple delineation strip on these doors are straight as arrows. Slipping inside I can nearly smell the showroom with the gorgeous split back front bench and full rear bench, wrapped in a mix of perfect light blue vinyl for the bolsters with darker blue cloth inserts. Headrests and an aftermarket console dress the front bench up a bit. Nearly perfect can describe the dash with crack free and padded blue vinyl dash top, wonderful instrument panel, and a textured black panel below housing the climate controls, and radio. The original steering wheel fronts this and remains crack free. Clean fluffy blue carpet and clean slightly wrinkled blue headliner finished off the beauty of an interior.
Based on the previous areas described, you would expect nothing less than just perfection in the engine bay, and it's really is there...Orange/Red GM painted block and intake, chrome valve covers and air cleaner assembly all surrounded by supple hoses, and corrosive and rust free bolt ons throughout. As for the specs it's a circa 1978-1990 454ci V8 with a 4-barrel carburetor, and a TH350 3-speed automatic. On the back for the axle is a 12-bolt 3.08 geared rear. Attention to detail under the hood is exacting with chalk marks on the firewall denoting the paint code and even chalk markings on the intake manifold.
The hits just keep on coming and showing some surface rust on the usual suspects. Everything else is all buttoned up with not even a hint of rust, solid frame, floor pans and rockers. Dual exhaust is on with Flowmaster mufflers and power drum brakes area all around. Independent coil spring suspension is on front and for the back a 4 link with coil springs helps provide the smooth ride.
When one thinks of a Bel Air from this era you think of a pedestrian sedan mainly used by grandma's and taxi fleets, however this car is a refreshing retreat from that genre and is a beautiful bruiser and cruiser. It did just that with good acceleration, smooth braking, and just a pleasure to drive with everything save for the radio functional. A real head turner too, and I was even challenged to an impromptu test track drag race but politely declined, (my crack decoder and partner in crime tends to be a sore loser).
Excellent, Pristine, Showroom, all capitalized for effect and to show that this car is really a wonderful example from 1969, and shows suburbia lifestyle with family, that you could still use to whoop up on some unsuspecting competitors thanks to the full-on sleeper vibe. You will not go wrong with this constant show winning investment, and it is an investment at this condition meant to be enjoyed!
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