Amazing Find: Low-Mile Chevy Bel Air Was Barely Driven, Parked Since 1965

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Photo: eBay seller barbsmth
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The Impala was already the king of Chevy's full-size lineup in 1963, so the Bel Air received little love. However, the GM brand operated engine changes that kept the Bel Air in line with the Impala, including the introduction of the 327 with 250, 300, and 340 horsepower.
The four-door hardtop was no longer available since 1962, and 1963 witnessed the coupe's demise. Chevrolet still offered potent engine choices, including a new 427 that developed 430 horsepower.

The 1964 Bel Air introduced little changes to the Bel Air, most of them happening in the cabin. With the lineup now including two sedans and two wagons, the Bel Air was 99% similar to its predecessor from an engine and styling perspective.

Someone on eBay has recently posted an amazing find. Their Bel Air has been parked since 1965, meaning the car has been sitting for nearly six decades.

However, the biggest question is whether this is a 1963 or a 1964 model year. eBay seller barbsmth calls it a "1963 Bel Air," but the VIN code (41669S286847) suggests the V8-powered vehicle rolled off the assembly lines in 1964 – the first letter in the VIN indicates the model year; "4" equals 1964.

While an in-person or third-party inspection would help a potential buyer decrypt more information about this Bel Air, please use the comment box after the jump if you have more information on the model year.

Everything on this Bel Air points to a rare restoration candidate, especially because it's been sitting for so long, and it doesn't seem it's been altered substantially. The car comes with all-original glass, wheels, paint, and upholstery, though the buyer will discover what happens under the hood during the inspection. However, it's unknown if the engine is still alive, but a car sitting for so long will likely sell with a seized mill.

The odometer indicates approximately 21,500 miles (34,600 km), and it's believed this is the original mileage. The number makes sense, considering the car spent only one or two years on the road, but you'll want to have everything inspected.

The Bel Air's condition is good for a car this old, but you'll discover the typical rust problems, which is unsurprising, considering it was last on the road in 1965.

The owner posted the car for auction, but they also configured a reserve. The starting bid is $2,000, but the reserve's value is unknown. Considering the car could become a rare time capsule, I expect it to sell like hotcakes, albeit it'll be interesting to find out how high the bidding must go to unlock the reserve.

The car is parked in Fouke, Arkansas, and you'll need a trailer to take it home, considering its condition and the mysterious engine under the hood.
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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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