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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air

1953 Chevrolet Bel Air

Bel Air was now used as the name of a series with various body styles, rather than as the name of just the two-door hardtop.  Bel Airs had a double molding treatment on the rear fenders with a contrasting color band and a Bel air nameplate, plus rear fender skirts.

The new ’53 Chevrolets promised NEW features and Improvements everywhere. Touted as one of the greatest advancements ever presented by Chevrolet, the new ’53 boasted to be stronger and the mightiest most powerful yet built with the new Fisher Unisteel construction, high-compression engine, and rear axle. Other impressive features such as key-turn starting, added shoulder level width (both front and rear), New Foot-Form brake pedal, and a One piece curved windshield just to list a few. The all new 150, 210 and Bel Air series were greeted with much enthusiasm and deemed the "Hot Ones”.


1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Bel Air Series
2403 1069WD 4 dr Sedan - 6P $1,874 3,275 lbs 246,284
2402 1011WD 2 dr Sedan - 6P $1,620 3,230 lbs 144,401
2454 1037D 2 dr Sport Coupe - 6P $2,051 3,310 lbs 99,047
2434 1067D 2 dr Convertible - 5P $2,175 3,470 lbs 24,047

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Width Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Bel Air 115 in 195.5 in - 56.69 in 58.75 in 6.70 x 15

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 - Engine Type
V - V-8 Six Cylinder Vehicles Did Not Have A Letter
Second Symbol - Model
A - 150 D - Sedan Delivery
B - 210 E - Corvette
C - Bel Air  
Third & Fourth Symbol - Model Year
53 - 1953 54 - 1954 55 - 1955 56 - 1956
Fifth Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (L) Los Angeles, California
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (N) Norwood, Ohio
(F) Flint, Michigan (O) Oakland, California
(J) Janesville, Wisconsin (S) St. Louis, Missouri
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (T) Tarrytown, New York
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 1001


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