1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Series

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 Chevrolets 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.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2018

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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....
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