1963 Chevy Bel Air Emerges With Good News Under the Hood, Too Bad It's Not an Impala

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The debut of the Impala in 1958 reduced the customer appeal of the Bel Air, despite the car still sharing the styling, most features, and engines with its more expensive sibling.
Chevrolet was still fully committed to improving all full-size models in its lineup, but the Impala still received most of its love.

The 1963 model year was no different. Chevrolet celebrated the production of its 50 millionth car, and the model it picked to mark this achievement perfectly highlighted its focus on full-size cars. A 1963 Impala Super Sport became the landmark vehicle, receiving incredible press coverage, with New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller driving it from the Tarrytown assembly plant.

A 1963 Chevrolet Bel Air landed on Craigslist not long ago with a strong desire to return to the road, albeit its biggest shortcoming appears to be the lack of Impala tags. I know the Bel Air is not as intriguing as an Impala, hence the selling price, but I wouldn't mind getting a cheap model to use as a daily driver.

This appears to be the purpose of the 1963 Bel Air pictured here, especially because it emerged with good news under the hood. The six-cylinder unit in charge of putting the wheels in motion is still in working shape, and the owner explains on Craigslist that the car fires up and moves.

It shouldn't be considered roadworthy, as it requires brake work, but the owner says they'll also include a front brake conversion kit in the package.

I know that most people are disappointed with a six-cylinder under the hood, but considering the Bel Air is not an Impala, so it's therefore less desirable than the top-of-the-range full-size model, the engine doesn't make a huge difference.

The metal appears to be in good shape, and if you plan to create a daily driver, it shouldn't require major work. However, it's unclear if it exhibits major metal problems, as a daily driver would need solid floors, so put it on a lift and inspect the undersides.

The owner says they also have the missing trim and a back passenger door so the restoration project would get a welcome jumpstart.

The selling price makes sense for a Bel Air powered by a six-cylinder engine whose purpose is to become someone's daily driver. The owner is ready to let the car go for $4,000, and you'll also get a clean title. I wouldn't be surprised to see someone trying to turn this Bel Air into an Impala clone, especially considering the low price, so I don't expect the vehicle to remain available for long.

You'll need a trailer to take it home, considering it's not road-worthy due to brake problems.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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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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