Classic Chevy's – The 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Series

 


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For 1958, General Motors and Chevrolet redesigned a car that was broader, lower, longer, and heavier than their 1955, 1956 and 1957 predecessors. The 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevy's were described as the “Hot Ones. " Chevrolet advertising described the 1958 Chevy as a “A Whole New Look!" All models had a fresh look and a pleasing design especially in the 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air series.

There were 6 new Bel Air's. (1) Bel Air Sport Coupe two door hard top, (2) Bel Air Sport Sedan four door hard top, (3) Bel Air two door Sedan and the (4) Bel Air four door Sedan. Plus the 1958 (5) Bel Air Impala Convertible and (6) Bel Air Impala Sport Couple which are covered in another Ezine Article.

The Bel Air Sport Coupe two door hard top and Bel Air Sport Sedan four door hard top, were in some ways closely related to the more costly Bel Air Impala. Exterior trim and interior trim packages were luxurious but slightly different. However, they were still beautiful cars and part of Chevy's top line up. In fact they were the focal point of Chevrolet's popularity and could be equipped with almost any accessories available for 1958.

In addition to the hard tops Chevrolet produced two Bel Air sedans, a two door and a four door. The sedans had the same Sculpturamic styling as the hard tops. Both sedans were offered in the same solid colors and two-tone combinations. Interiors were just as plush with all the new vibrant colors, ribbed vinyl and textured fabrics offered on the hard tops. “With those new slim pillars and Sculpturamic styling you can easily image it's a hardtop" described one 1958 Chevrolet sedan brochure. “With windows raised you can barely tell them from a hardtop" said another.

The Chevrolet Bel Air was first produced by General Motors in 1953 and was always considered a premium model until the 1958 Bel Air Impala was introduced. By 1959, Chevrolet elevated the Impala to top of the line status and making the Bel Air the mid level model until 1965. From 1966 to 1975 the Bel Air name was a basic no frills full sized car.

Steve Farber is an author and auto related web site publisher. Learn more about the 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air and other 1958 Chevrolet body styles at his new web site by viewing lots of seldom seen “Vintage Chevy Ad" pictures of body styles, body colors, interior colors and engine specifications.

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