The Chevrolet Bel Air was first produced as a special edition of the Deluxe Styleline model for 1950. With the Bel Air, Chevy pioneered a new look for autos that would be copied for decades. Bel Airs came in both soft-top convertibles and hard-top coupes, which were made to look as though they had a detachable roof, even though they did not.

In 1953, the Bel Air became its own model, first marketed as a premium car, and then as a practical, affordable full-size vehicle. However, early Bel Airs were offered only with low-power six-cylinder engines, making them a weak competitor to Ford’s V-8s.

Then, in 1955, the Bel Air was revamped with an optional high-performance 265 small-block V-8 engine, and a swanky new chrome-lined look that wowed customers. The Bel Air came in a great variety of colors, including attractive two-tones. But this posh new Bel Air still had a reasonable price tag, making it a hit with consumers, who could choose from either a hard-top model or a “ragtop” convertible.

Collectors are especially drawn to late '50s Bel Airs. In fact, the iconic 1957 Bel Air might be the most collectible vintage car ever made, for at least two reasons. First, the late '50s marked the time when Chevy got serious about horsepower, with the help of GM chief engineer Ed Cole. The 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air increased its V-8 engine to 225 bhp. Second, the Bel Airs were the first cars to incorporate sweeping tail fins that embodied postwar style. These fins got even bigger by 1959, but they were too wild for a conservative America, so in 1960, the Bel Air styling became more subdued. By 1960, the Chevy tail fins had disappeared all together.

In 1958, Chevy topped its Bel Air with its even-more-luxurious Impala. These cars took the Bel Airs’ place as Chevy’s top-of-the-line model, vaulting Chevy into the prestige-car market. Like the Impala, the '58 Bel Air got bigger and heavier, with a new 348-cid V-8 engine. Bel Airs were continually restyled and sold until 1981, but the winged models from the '50s are the ones that make car connoisseurs salivate.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Jim Snell’s tribute to the 1959 Chevy Impala and other Chevrolets (Bel Air, Two-Ten Wagon, etc.) from the 1950s a… [read review or visit site]

Hemmings Auto Blogs

Hemmings Auto Blogs

This great (and frequently updated) blog from the folks at Hemmings Motor News is a visual feast of old and new pho… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Discussion Forums

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Chevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 150 1956 Chevy 150 Utility SedanChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 210 2 Door Sedan 1957 Chevrolet 210 2 Door Sedan Project Same Owner 36 YearsChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Biscayne 1959 Biscayne Belair ImpalaChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Coupe 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air CoupeChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Custom Shorty 1957 Chevrolet Belair Shorty Blast From The Past Street Rod ClassicChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Custom 2 Door Roadster 1959 Chevy Bel Air Roadster Custom Shorty Rat Rod Impala Ls Motor RoadsterChevrolet: Nomad Nomad Chevrolet Belair Nomad 1957Chevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Chevy Bel Air 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe Automatic 3 Point Seat BeltsChevrolet: Nomad Wagon 1956 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon Bel Air 150 210Chevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 210 57 Chevy Bel Air 2 Dr Classic Collectable Antique W Continental Wheel AwesomeChevrolet: Nomad Belair Wagon Low Reserve 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad 2 Door WagenChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 1956 Chevy Bel AirChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Nomad Wagon 4-door 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad Wagon 4 Door 4.6 LChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Belair 1955 Chevrolet Belair 454 Ci Big Block Auto Disc Brakes California Car FastChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Coupe 1957 Chevrolet Coupe Restore 327 V 8 Bel Air Trim Fast Clean Southern Show ModsChevrolet: Impala Bel Air 1960 Chevrolet Bel Air BelairChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Belair Chevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 2-doorChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Belair 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Base Convertible 2 Door 4.6 LChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Delray 1956 Chevy Delray SedanChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Custom Hotrod Runs And Drives Amazing! Must See! 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Custom Hotrod Power Steering Beautiful Custom InteriorChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Belair Beautiful 1955 Chevy Belair 2 Door Sedan RestomodChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Bel Air Convertible 1957 Chevy Bel Air ConvertibleChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Bel Air 1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Post Fresh Built 355 Powerglide Disc Ac Exhaust ImpalaChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Bel Air 2 Door Hardtop 1957 2 Rare 2 Door Hardtop Frame Off Resto In Process New 1 Pc Floor Frame 327 AutoBuick: Special Accuair Air Ride Chevy Bel Air Bagged Rat Rod Patina Cadillac 1955 Buick Special Restored Air Ride Billet Wheels Accuair Chevy Od TransChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 1955 Chevy 210 Frame Off Resto 327 4 Wpdb Ps Vintage Ac Automatic Bel Air StyleChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 1957 Chevy 210 Protouring Show Car Bel Air Custom Interior 468 Ci Frame OffChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Convertible Beautifully Restored! #'s Matching 265ci, Automatic, Factory Posi, Power Rack!Chevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Hard Top 1955 Bel Air 454 Ci 5 Speed 550 HpChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 1957 Chevrolet Chevy Bel Air 2 Dr Post 283 4 Sp MuncieChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Bel Air 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2 Door Custom Street Rod Pro StreetChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 2 Dr 1955 Chevrolet Belair 2 Dr Post Frame Off Resto 454 Ps Pb Ac Black Silver NewChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 210 1953 Chevrolet 150 210 BelairChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 150 1956 Chevrolet 2 Door Sedan From CaliforniaChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 1957 Chevrolet 2 Dr Bel AireChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Hard Top 1957 Chevy Sport Coupe 210 HardtopChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 210 1953 Chevrolet Chevy 210 Sedan Ultimate PatinaChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Bel Air Frame Off Restored! Gm 454ci V8, Th400 Auto, Vintage A/c, Pb, Disc, Ps & More!Chevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air ConvertibleChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Stainless & Chrome Beautiful Restored 1956 ChevroletChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 210 1957 Chevrolet Two Door Hardtop Four Speed BlackChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 1956 Chevy Bel Air PostChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Restored 1960 Chevy Belair Sport Coupe Bubbletop 348/4sp 3 Deuce Carbs Ps AcChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Pro Touring Must See Spectacular Ride Wow. Pristine 1957 Chevy Bel Air Pro Touring Absolutely Amazing Car Lots Of UpgradesChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Base Hardtop 2-door 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Base Hardtop 2 Door 4.3 LChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Belair 1957 Chevrolet BelairChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 1955 Chevrolet Belair 2 Door PostChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Belair 1957 Chevy Belair 4 Door HardtopChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 1957 Chevy Bel Air 150 210Chevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 210 1954 Chevy 150 210 BelairChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Deluxe Convertible Springtime Stylin' In This Styleline Deluxe ConvertibleChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 1956 2 Door Chevy Station WagonChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 150/210 1955 2 Dr Sedan American Garffiti Look 55 Chev Barn Fine Time WarpAurora Afx '55 Chevy Bel Air Wht/red Flames 1973-79 Original.Chevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Base Hardtop 2-door 1951 Chevrolet Bel Air Chop Top No Reserve Clear TitleChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Frame Off Nut Bolt Super Over The Top Show Car. 55 Chevy Sedan Delivery Crate Motor 700 R 4 Tranny Frame Off Restored Vintage A CChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Best In The Usa 57 Bel Air Hardtop Sport Coupe V 8 Auto All Orig S Match Frame Off Best 57 In 05Chevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Sedan - Western Car - 40k Miles Lifetime California / Nevada Car - 1957 Chevrolet 210 Sedan - 40k MilesChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Beautiful Hot Rod! The Award Winning "silverback"! Fully Restored All New 350/350 4 Wheel Disc TiltChevrolet: Bel Air/150/210 Bel Air 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Factory V 8