Back in the 1950’s it would appear manufacturers could not keep up with demand for new innovations and so would resort to upgrading older chassis with restyled body panels and selling them as entirely new, such was the case with the 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air which was advertised with the strap line ‘Entirely new through and through’ which actually shared its chassis and running gear with the Bel Air built from 1950 to 1952.
Today’s featured car appears to have been built in 1954, the last year in which the first generation Bel Air’s were built.
During the last years production all of the 3,345 lb Bel Airs are said to have been fitted with a 125 hp 3.9 liter / 235.5 cui straight six ‘Blue Flame’ motor.
The original concept for the Bel Air was to style a hard top vehicle to look like a convertible, to confuse the issue Bel Air’s were originally available as either 2 door hard top coupé, 4 door sedan, 2 door convertible or 4 door Station Wagon / Estate.
This particular Bel Air is used as a support vehicle by the Gas Racing drag team who run the Pinto powered slingshot coupé Old ‘n’ Gold for drivers Scottie ‘Dog’ Durrant and Gina ‘Hot Rod’ Rumble.
According to Facebook Gina was recently recorded a 12.95 ET run in Old’n’Gold.
Thanks for joining me on this ‘Entirely new through and through’ edition of ‘Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres’, I hope you will join me again for Ferrari Friday tomorrow. Don’t forget to come back now !