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January 2, 2022

Beautiful Photos of 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air, an Icon of the 1950s

The Chevrolet Bel Air is a full-size car that was produced by Chevrolet for the 1950–1975 model years. Initially, only the two-door hardtops in the Chevrolet model range were designated with the Bel Air name from 1950 to 1952. With the 1953 model year, the Bel Air name was changed from a designation for a unique body shape to a premium level of trim applied across a number of body styles. The Bel Air continued with various other trim level designations, and it went from a mid-level trim car to a budget fleet sedan when U.S. production ceased in 1975.

The Chevrolet Bel Air, especially its third generation design (1958), has been considered an icon of the 1950s. For 1958, Chevrolet models were redesigned longer, lower, and heavier than their 1957 predecessors, and the 348 cu in (5.7 L) was now an option.

The Bel Air gained a halo vehicle in 1958, the Impala, available only as a hardtop coupe and convertible in its introductory year. Impala styling followed the basic lines of the other Chevrolet models but received special styling cues including a different roof line, a vent above the rear window, unique side trim, and triple tail lights housed in slightly broader alcoves.

Chevrolet’s design for the year fared better than its other GM offerings, and lacked the overabundance of chrome found on other sedans at the time. Complementing Chevrolet’s front design was a broad grille and quad headlights; the tail received a fan-shaped alcove on both side panels, which housed dual tail lights.

Despite being a recession year, consumers made Chevrolet the No. 1 make of automobile, and the Bel Air was at the core of Chevrolet's popularity. With its wide variety of body styles and models, Bel Airs could be optioned with almost every conceivable luxury within the Chevrolet line.

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-Door Sedan

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Convertible

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Sport Coupe

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Sport Coupe

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Sport Coupe

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Sport Coupe

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Sport Coupe

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala Sport Coupe

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan

1958 Chevrolet Bel Air




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