'56 Chevy Bel Air Tries On a Flashy Suit Just for Size, Becomes a CGI Beauty

Unlike some of its rivals (ahem, Ford!), Chevrolet still makes passenger cars, like the Malibu. Moreover, it has an undisputed king in its portfolio, the C8 Corvette, yet other than that, it is the usual focus on crossovers, SUVs, and pickups, with the occasional electric twist.
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Photo: Instagram | 412donklife
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It wasn't always like that, as there was a time when the bowtie brand, which operates under the roof of General Motors, used to be more dedicated to low-slung models. Thus, over the decades, they have given us some impressive-to-look-at machines, and the first generations of the Bel Air can certainly be mentioned here.

The brand's first tie with the moniker dates back to the early '50s, continuing throughout the '60s and '70s. No fewer than eight generations of the Chevrolet Bel Air came to life during this time, with the last one rolling off the line in Canada in 1981. Subsequently, the nameplate was dropped, though not entirely, as an eponymous concept debuted in 2002 at the Detroit Auto Show.

Nevertheless, as much as Chevrolet wanted to make this model popular again, they failed to do that, and they eventually drove it off into the sunset. Depending on their ties with the car world, where they live, and how old they are, most petrolheads have a soft spot for one particular generation of this model. That could be the first- or the second-gen, with their soft styling, the more angular third- and fourth-gens, or its rather squared successors.

Most of us can agree that those that came out in the '50s were absolute beauties, and the same can be said about the one pictured above. Actually, make that rendered instead of pictured, as it has 412donklife on Instagram to thank for the fresh attire. The digital artist rearranged its pixels to make it flashier, and we think it rocks the brash boat like a champ.

Some of the highlights of this CGI build include the two-tone paint finish that mixes a minty-like hue with white. The usual chrome details give it additional shine, and they can also be found on the wheels. For a Bel Air, especially a 1956 model like this one, they are on the oversized side of things, as they measure 24 inches in diameter. However, as you have already figured out, we absolutely love this virtual car.

If it was ours, it would've had a darker presence with an all-black makeover, though some of that chrome trim would certainly survive. As for the wheels, it would probably be the same set, though in a slightly smaller proposal to make it more comfortable on the go. But would you get behind a similar build, or do you think this model should remain stock?

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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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