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1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Series

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The 1959 Chevy Bel Air models were given a new design featuring unique cat's-eye tail lights, new sheet metal, and headlights placed low to the ground. It continued to use the 'X'-frame from 1958 but was strengthen and enlarged to support the weight and size of the new body.

The 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air had a length of 210.9 inches and stood 54 inches tall (on the coupes). This was an increase of 1.8 inches in length and a decrease of over 3 inches in height. Body styles included a 2- and 4-door sedan, hardtop Sport Sedan, a six-passenger Parkwood station wagon, and a nine-passenger Kingswood station wagon. The Kingswood models had a power tailgate and Deluxe steering wheel.

The Bel Air was now the middle range vehicle, placed below the top-of-the-line Impala. Power was from the Blue Flame inline six-cylinder engine displacing 3.9-liters and offering 135 horsepower. The base small-block V8 engine was an overhead-valve unit that displaced 283 CID and offered 185 horsepower. Transmission options included a 3- and 4-speed manual, or a 2-speed Powerglide automatic.

Body styles included a two- and four-door sedan, priced at $2,390 and $2,440 respectively, and $2,560 for the hardtop Sport sedan. The eight-cylinder engine boosted the price by approximately $115. Along with the passenger cars, the Bel Air could be purchased as a six-passenger Parkwood and the nine-passenger Kingswood. The Parkwood was priced at $2,750 and the Kingswood at $2,850. The station wagons continued to be classed by themselves, but they had model numbers matching the Bel Air series. The two-door Sport Sedan had a slender roofline that flares over the wide and contoured rear window, adding headroom for rear-seat passengers.

Standard equipment included electric wipers, front and rear foam cushions, Deluxe steering wheel, and an oil bath cleaner for the V8 engines. The Kingswood had a power tailgate. Performance options included fuel injection, lowered compression, and special cams.

The Bel Air
The full-size Chevrolet Bel Air was produced from 1950 through 1975, initially as a two-door hardtop from 1950 to 1952. In 1953, the 'Bel Air' went from a body style designation to a premium level of trip applied to several body styles. In 1955, it received all-new styling, and described by GM's advertising as the 'Hot One.' This generation of styling continued through 1957, and for 1958, they became lower, longer, and heavier wearing a redesigned look. In the front was a broad grille and quad headlights; at the back was a fan-shaped alcove on both side panels, housing dual taillights. Attractive styling throughout the Chevrolet line, along with a vast list of standard equipment and potent powerplants earned Chevrolet the number one position in united States automotive sales.

The fourth-generation of Bel Air styling was introduced in 1959, with the most striking feature being the flat, wing-shaped tailfins. Styling changes for 1960 were mild, with a return of the double cone tail lights of 1958 replacing the 1959's 'cat's eyes' of 1959, and the same engine lineup as in 1958. The fuel injection option was no longer available.

In 1961, the fifth generation of styling was introduced and would continue through 1964. Production of the Bel Air name would continue through 1981.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2018

Related Reading : Chevrolet Bel Air History

From 1950 through 1952 Chevrolet hardtops in the Deluxe model line were dubbed the Bel Air. It took a few more years before it would become its own distinct series. In 1953, the Bel Air became its own model and was applied to Chevrolets top-of-the-line model range. By 1955, the cars were offered with an optional V8 engine which greatly improved the cars performance. In 1953 Chevrolet had....
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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

1959 Bel Air Series
$3,000-$22,750
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Series Price Range: $2,400 - $3,000

Other 1959 Chevrolet Models

Bel Air

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
447,100
119.00 in.
6 cyl., 235.50 CID., 135.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 185.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 230.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 280.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 290.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 315.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 320.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 335.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 350.00hp
$2,400 - $3,000
119.00 in.
6 cyl., 235.50 CID., 135.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 185.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 230.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 280.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 305.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 320.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 335.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 340.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 350.00hp
$2,380 - $3,000
119.00 in.
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 170.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 230.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 230.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 280.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 280.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 305.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 305.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 340.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 340.00hp
8 cyl., 348.00 CID., 350.00hp
8 cyl., 341.90 CID., 350.00hp
8 cyl., 409.00 CID., 360.00hp
$2,400 - $3,000
365,500
119.00 in.
4 cyl., 153.30 CID., 90.00hp
6 cyl., 194.40 CID., 120.00hp
6 cyl., 235.50 CID., 135.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 170.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 409.00 CID., 380.00hp
8 cyl., 409.00 CID., 409.00hp
$2,450 - $3,000
119.00 in.
6 cyl., 230.00 CID., 140.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 195.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 409.00 CID., 340.00hp
8 cyl., 409.00 CID., 400.00hp
8 cyl., 409.00 CID., 425.00hp
8 cyl., 427.00 CID., 430.00hp
$2,450 - $3,030
318,100
119.00 in.
6 cyl., 230.00 CID., 140.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 195.00hp
8 cyl., 283.00 CID., 220.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 250.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 300.00hp
8 cyl., 327.00 CID., 340.00hp
8 cyl., 409.00 CID., 400.00hp
8 cyl., 409.00 CID., 425.00hp
$2,500 - $2,900

Industry Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)2,318,619
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)2,237,201
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)2,061,677
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)1,318,014
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)1,653,168
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)1,462,140
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)1,142,460
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)1,505,910
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)1,567,117
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)1,704,667
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)1,143,561

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