1962 Chevrolet Bel Air Hit by a Motorcycle Hides Bad News Under the Hood

1962 Chevy Bel Air 6 photos
Photo: eBay seller undtaker
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We all know what happened to the Bel Air once the Impala came to be in 1958. It gradually became the backup plan for most full-size Chevy buyers, mainly as the Impala had all the bells and whistles available for every model year.
However, it doesn't mean the Bel Air was no longer a compelling model. Not at all, and the nameplate continued to command a significant customer base in the United States, helping Chevrolet push its full-size sales to a new level.

The Bel Air in these photos ended up abandoned after being involved in a fender bender. Seller undtaker explains on eBay that the car was hit a motorcycle, albeit it's hard to decrypt more information from the listing considering the block of text, the number of typos, and the lack of spelling.

However, it's very clear that this Bel Air has been sitting for a long time, and the owner acknowledges the obvious problems, including the rust on the floors. The undercarriage issues aren't as bad as you'd expect, albeit the best option is to inspect the car in person before committing to a purchase. You should also put it on a lift and examine the undersides if you're interested in a complete restoration.

Its condition is clearly highlighted in the shared photos, and the accident damage can be seen on the front right fender. The owner didn't share more damage information, so you must look inside the engine bay for more potential problems resulting from the crash.

The engine is fairly mysterious, albeit it comes with bad news. First, it's the lazy six-cylinder unit available on the 1962 Bel Air. Chevrolet offered the car a 235 six-cylinder unit that produced 135 horsepower (in addition to several V8 options specifically aimed at buyers interested in the performance side of the car). Albeit not very potent, the six-cylinder unit was the right choice for Bel Air buyers who wanted a regular daily driver, so this engine made its way to many units.

Second, the car was torn down, and now some engine parts are missing. You'll have to inspect what happens under the hood in person, so bring a good mechanic to determine the chances of saving this six-cylinder mill (though it's unclear if this is the original mill).

The selling price makes sense for this Bel Air and its condition, as the owner is willing to let the car go at a no-reserve auction. The only bid received so far is $1,000, and if nobody else enters the race, this Bel Air sells for the price of a new iPhone. Meanwhile, interested buyers can find the car in Nephi, Utah, with the auction to end in four days.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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