The Chevrolet Bel Air name made its debut for 1950 on the Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Bel Air. This car was actually near the pinnacle of that year's Chevy offerings and was in fact Chevy's first hardtop car.
The Chevrolet Bel Air began in 1950 with this sporty version of the
standard Chevy. See more pictures of classic cars.
Further down you can visit articles on the Bel Air through the 1961 model year, by which time the nameplate had settled comfortably into its middle-ground role. The Bel Air badge had one final flourish, however, and that came with the 1958 model year, when the Bel Air designation was used to launch a classic new Chevy nameplate, the Impala.
For coverage of the 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Impala, and for the 1962 through 1975 Bel Airs, check out our article on the Chevrolet Impala.
The Chevrolet Bel Air, like this 1959 sedan,
came to symbolize big-Chevy value.
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