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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air



The person selling this 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air notes that, “It’s like riding in a time machine,” albeit a time machine that “cruises at 70 without a problem.”

But while this beauty appears to have emerged directly from the post-war era of big, bulging Detroit iron, beneath its sheet metal are electronic ignition, a dual-carb Offenhauser intake manifold, Fenton split header, dual exhaust, and the car rides two inches lower than it did when it rolled out of a General Motors factory.

A factory appearance, lowered center of gravity and some aftermarket powertrain enhancements make this 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air our Pick of the Day.

In the advertisement on ClassicCars.com, the seller notes that the car was purchased a dozen years ago and since then has been restored mechanically. The rebuilt 235-cid inline six-cylinder engine and manual transmission have traveled only 15,000 miles since being rebuilt, and the engine received a valve job just a year ago and the radiator is even newer.

“The paint (in the car’s original hue) and interior were done when I bought the car,” the seller reports. “The condition was so good that there was no need to redo it.”

However, the seller, who hails from San Andreas, California (between Stockton and Yosemite National Park), adds that to help preserve the exterior surface, “The car has been stored under a carport and it’s covered in the winter,” thus, “The paint and interior is still immaculate.”

“There are obvious signs of age but nothing more major that parking lot dings,” the classified advertisement says.

Included in the sale are the car’s original rear wheel skirts and, the seller notes, “The paint is just as good on the skirts as it is on the car.”

The seller adds, “The interior is very clean. Absolutely no rips or wear in the interior. It looks like it was done yesterday.”

The seller is asking $16,000, but why is the car being sold?

“I am reluctantly selling it because it doesn’t get driven as often as I would like. I am turning 76 soon and I would like this car to go to someone who will enjoy it as much as I have. It wants to drive and it deserves to drive.”

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
  1. Do you still have this car…..do you want to sell it…. contact me. Im in Bakersfield I can be there pretty soon…

  2. William David Warren
    2016-02-22 19:51:46
    My name is,David (aka Trucker Dave Diamond)..I was born in ’53..this is my dream automobile..has been forever!! Bless whomever kept ‘Her’ in such great shape!! I’m on Social Security now..was in radio for year’s..wish I’d known of ‘Her’ existence,when I was gainfully employed!! Oh well..back to dreamin’ I guess..Cancer’s gonna’ take me soon anyway..maybe when I pass,I’ll come back as ‘Her’ rear view mirror..so I can see,what could’ve been!! Love the Pic’s..thanx so much for the opportunity to see ‘Her’..WOW!!!!

  3. I have a 1953 chevy belair all matching and untouched from original specs including app trim and she runs . Shes the 4dr. Automatic trans with the ……glide. i have pics and video.

  4. David my name’s Remington. Would please contact me as i recently started 2 brand new companies of my own. One of which’s names is “Miracle Motors” Where faith is all it takes and miracles happen everyday!!!!!
    And I’d love to try to grant you such an honor to own one if you so desired. Cancer can wait you got some cruisin to do yet my friend :).

  5. I don’t understand how to tell if this car is still for sale and if so how to contact the owner.

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