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The Time Has Come for This Abandoned 1962 Bel Air Bubble Top to Return to the Road

Bubble tops are amazingly desirable today, and while most people look for Impalas, an original Bel Air with the famous design is just as tempting as its more premium brother.
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Photo: eBay seller vehiclesellingsolutions
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It's why the 1962 Bel Air bubble top in these photos deserves a second chance.

The car landed online last year but hasn't found a new home until now, likely due to a difficult mix of challenging restoration work and a high selling price.

eBay seller vehiclesellingsolutions says the car has been sitting in dry storage since the '80s, so it's no surprise many people walk away at this point. However, restorers love these barn finds, as they typically come with original packages and unrestored goodies that collectors would eventually pay big bucks for.

The owner admits the car needs total restoration, "which means everything." The metal is likely super-rough, so you'll spend most of the initial time restoring the car doing the metalwork. The floors, the quarters, and the fenders require urgent attention.

The seller claims their Bel Air is a rare example, claiming that only 6,000 units rolled off the assembly lines with a V8.

The engine options for the 1962 model year witnessed several changes from the previous year, with Chevrolet introducing the all-new 327 (which eventually became one of the most popular mills in the full-size lineup). The 409 also joined the Bel Air and Impala lineups with 380 and 409 horsepower versions.

The Bel Air sells with a 283 that still turns, but the seller didn't reveal if it's the original unit. Considering the decades in storage, an engine turning over by hand is good news, but bringing it back to a working shape will require professional attention.

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand this Bel Air is a massive project, but if restored correctly, it can eventually be worth a small fortune. It's probably why the garage in charge of finding a new owner isn't willing to drop the price, so buyers will have to spend $22,500 to take this Bel Air home. It's a fairly ambitious expectation despite the bubble top, as the rough shape of the car makes it an expensive project that will involve more big costs before it returns in tip-top shape.

A Bel Air bubble top could be had for $2,668 in 1962 if the customer ordered a V8 engine. It was the most expensive configuration, except for the station wagons, which surpassed the $3K threshold in the four-door V8 setup.

If you can convince your significant other that this Bel Air has a place in your garage, you must travel to Saint Paul, Minnesota, to pick up the car. It's unclear if the car rolls freely, but you'll receive assistance for transportation.
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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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