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1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
235 cid, I-6, 108 bhp

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The Bel Air, which had previously had only been offered as hardtop coupe, became a full four-model, top-of-the-line series.  The Series was comprised of two and four-door sedans, a Sport Coupe, and the convertible.  It was easily identified by its unique two-toned spears on the rear fenders.  Chevrolet advertised the Bel Air as standing “in a class all its own” as indicated by its lavish trim and heavy use of chrome.  The interior featured a newly designed dashboard and center-fold seatbacks which swung in to allow more room enter and exiting the rear seats.  24,047 of the 1953 convertibles were manufactured, selling at a list price of $2,175. Highlights:
  • Major re-style of the 1949-1952 body shell
  • New inside and out, but on the same chassis
  • The 235 cid I-6 was standard: 108 hp with manual shift, 115 bhp with Powerglide
  • The up-market Bel Air series included 2- and 4-door sedans, a hardtop, and a convertible.
  • Chevrolet again first in sales at 1,340,179 cars.
  • There were 24,047 1953 Bel Air convertibles;
  • Price new: $2,175
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