1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe

“Startlingly New! Wonderfully Different!” is how Chevrolet described the new models for ’53. This blue 1953 Bel Air 2-door Sports Coupe with blue vinyl and cloth interior is a loively example of the new look for that year. The new, redesigned look for ’53 looked fresh and exciting compared with the models that had served from 1949-52.

The reality was it wasn’t a totally new car and shared some internal parts and the chassis was the same. Looks wise there was a definite nod in the direction of its predecessor. Nevertheless it was a move in the right direction. 

Bel Air now indicated the level of trim rather than a body style as it had previously, and it was top-of-the-line! Standard features included; rear fender skirts, chrome gravel shield and rocker panel trim, front and rear floor carpet (the 150 and 210 rubber matting), twin sun visors, two-tone cloth upholstery.

1953 Chevrolet Bel Air Rear Fender
rear fender detail

More distinctive, more glamorous than ever! The beautiful, new upholstery harmonizes with a variety of solid colors and two-tone combinations, is how Chevrolet described the new interiors in the Bel Air.

Two-tone blue dash / interior

This beautiful Bel Air was completely restored in 2001 and remains in great condition.

Power comes from the original 115 horsepower, 235 inline six paired with a powerglide automatic transmission. The latter would have cost the original owner of this car an additional $178 as the standard transmission was a 3-speed manual.

1953 Chevy 235 inline six engine
235 cubic inches

1953 saw the introduction of one-piece curved windshields. Previously they were flat and made from two pieces and joined in the center.

The 1953 Bel Air had a wheelbase of 102″, an overall length of 167.3″ and width of 69.8″.

There were now 13 Chevrolet models available spread over 3 series; The 150, 210 and the Bel Air.

SOME AVAILABLE CHEVROLET OPTIONS IN 1953

OptionPrice
Power steering$178
Heater and defrosted (under dash)$40
Air-Flow heater and defroster$90
Windshield washer$12
Autronic-Eye headlamp dimmer$50
Push-button AM radio$65
Signal seeking AM radio$135

For the 1953 model year, Chevrolet produced 99,028 Bel Air 2-door Hardtops (model number 2454) at a base price of $2,051.

This ’53 Bel Air is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)

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