The 1961 Chevrolet was a standout design, starting out the new decade shorn of tailfins but with a dramatic style that makes it highly desired today among Chevy fans.
The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door post, a mildly customized example of the model that slotted in below the top-of-the-line Impala. The Bel Air had a less-lavishly adorned body, with just a chrome accent tracing the attractive extrusions on the sides and rear, and four taillight pods instead of Impala’s six.
This Bel Air looks to have had the chrome trim removed, giving it the appearance of the lower Biscayne model, which is a look that’s appreciated by street rodders and cruisers. There is chrome window trim, but potential buyers would be advised to check whether the car was originally a Bel Air or if it’s a Biscayne fitted with Bel Air badges.
The Chevy is fitted with the optional 348cid big-block V8 with Offenhauser valve covers and dual exhaust, linked with an automatic transmission engaged with a tall, floor-mounted Lokar shifter. The V8, rated at 250 horsepower, could be the original factory engine.
The car rides on a set of chrome Eagle Racing wheels in a vintage style, and with stylistic upgrades to the headlights and taillights.
“This is a very nice Chevrolet 2-door post Bel Air that has been well-maintained,” according to the Gladstone, Oregon, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.
The Bel Air wears a fairly unblemished coat of white paint, most likely a respray, and gleaming chrome grille, bumper and other brightwork. The blue bench-seat interior looks like it could be original.
“The blue interior is very presentable and looks good with the combination,” the seller says. “The headliner and doors panels are in great condition. Custom extra gauges were added.”
The Chevy seems to show a good amount of ownership pride, judging by its overall condition and the modest custom additions that add to its appeal.
The asking price is $27,950 for a classic Chevy that looks good and could be driven regularly and shown at local meets.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.