1962 Chevy Bel-Air
Throughout the sixties, much like Ford, the Chevrolet company has also worked on a select number of muscle cars. The Chevy Bel-Air, of course, has a lot of history about it that spans 3 decades. Throughout the fifties, the sixties and the seventies, The 1962 Chevrolet Bel-Air was the last year that Chevy produced this hard-top model.
This 4-speed manual transmission racing car delivers a beastly 409 horse powers; a true monster on the drag race course. Either a two- or a four-door sedan, the 1962 Chevy Bel-Air was available as a sports coupe, a convertible coupe, or sedan. It’s a comfortable ride with a number of additional perks that competing vehicles of the early 60s did not offer. These features included:
- One-piece windshield that was curved for better clarity
- Additional styling options
- 115-inch wheelbase
- Plenty of room for passengers inside
- Massive luggage space
The earlier 1956 Chevy Bel-Air model came in V8, and was affordable with all the features you wanted, for under $3,000. Just a year later, this model became bigger in size, and it got an upgraded grille for a nicer look. Dual exhausts and the V8 engine delivered a great-sounding, smooth ride. Extra options for the 1957 Chevy Bel-Air included:
- Improved, two-tone interior design
- Automatically convertible top
- Tinted windows
- Safety seat belts (which were an innovation in late 50s)
- Ventilated seats for more comfortable riding
- Shoulder harness and tissue holder
1958 came around, and the Chevy Impala became Chevrolet’s top-notch model, putting the Chevy Bel-Air down a bit. By 1964, it lost its reputation as a hardcore racing muscle car, and became more of a mid-class, average driving vehicle. Only 365,000 of them were made, which makes today’s survivors a pricey antique.
The 1962 Chevy Bel-Air featured:
- Power steering
- Vintage air
- Disc brakes
- 12-pt chrome molly cage
- Mileage: 14mpg, max. RPM is 7,000
Also known as the “bubbletop,” the 1962 Chevrolet Bel-Air was assembled in Los Angeles and it was powered by a power glide transmission. It’s extremely rare on the East Coast; car actions rarely have this model, and it seldom sells for under $20,000. The history of this vehicle, as well as its performance, is what makes it worth it – especially if you’re lucky to find one of these true American muscle cars in excellent condition.