265 Cubic inch, Carter 2Bbl., 170 HP – Powerglide Transmission
Under 29,000 Original Miles – One family owned.
For the half century or so that I have been uncovering cars in barns, sheds, warehouses and even caves, I never tire of the experience. Remarkably they are not always covered in dust, dirt and droppings. Such is the case with this remarkable, one family owned Bel Air 2 door hardtop.
Carefully covered with sheets, then blankets and then canvas, this beautiful little time warp example was a delight to uncover after sitting idle for about 30 years. Stored on jack stands, not one wheel was frozen to the hub. With gentle pushing she rolled silently out, got winched onto the trailer and securely traveled to our shop. After replacing the gas tank and purging the fuel lines, then the wheel cylinders and brake lines, a quick rebuild of the Carter 2 barrel and a replacement battery plus the necessary oil and filter re-new and guess what? Right!
She fired right up, ran smooth and stopped easy. She still has fifties bias ply tires, original spare and plenty of cobwebs underneath but we did repair the exhaust and she got all joints lubed.
The Bel Air had a re-paint (original color) somewhere along the line but no one in the family can remember why.
Now, listen to this, Wonder Bar Radio, tissue dispenser, day/night rear view mirror, power steering, power brakes and, wait for it….Factory Air Conditioning! I’m done writing. You need to come and look for yourself. Oh, Original Keys too.