This 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door sedan was built at GM’s Janesville, Wisconsin, facility and is reported to have been sold new in Tennessee. It was acquired by the current owner in 1996 from the estate of the reported second owner following a multi-decade period of indoor storage. Subsequent work is said to have included a repaint in its factory Fiesta Cream and Bermuda Green Metallic, a mechanical recommissioning, updates to the interior, and replacement of the tires. Power is provided by a 235ci “Blue-Flame 125” inline six backed by a two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, and the car is equipped with power steering, a power-adjustable bench seat, and power windows.
The Bel Air was the high-end Chevrolet sedan for 1954, slotting above the entry-level 150 and the mid-level 210. This example was refinished in its factory Fiesta Cream with Bermuda Green Metallic accents following the current owner’s purchase. The seller states that aluminum trim was polished and the bumpers were rechromed along with some of the other exterior trim, the condition of which can be seen up close in the gallery below. Modifications include a door-mounted ‘peep’ mirror and decorative fuel-door trim.
The 15” steel wheels are finished to match the Fiesta Cream paintwork and wear polished wheel covers. Firestone wide whitewall tires are mounted at each corner and on the spare wheel that is stored in the trunk, and are said to have been fitted in 1996. The seller notes that the braking system was serviced at the same time with replacement of the brake drums, pads, master cylinder, lines, and wheel cylinders.
The interior features a green cloth and vinyl scheme on the front and rear bench seats, door panels, and rear side panels along with a matching replacement headliner and carpet kit. Factory features include E-Z Eye glass, power steering, a power-adjustable front seat,and power windows that the seller states work intermittently. An under-dashboard heater and push-button radio are retained, though neither currently work, and the seller states that the brake lights stick on and the windshield wipers also function intermittently.
Instrumentation includes a 110-mph speedometer along with readings for coolant temperature, fuel level, battery life, and oil pressure. The five-digit odometer shows just under 56k miles, approximately 9k of which were added by the current owner.
The 235ci ‘Blue-Flame 125’ inline-six is equipped with a single downdraft carburetor topped with an oil bath air cleaner and was factory rated at 125 horsepower when new, which is delivered to the rear wheels through a Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission. Recommissioning work completed during current ownership is said to have included a rebuild of the carburetor, refurbishment of the fuel tank, and cleaning of the radiator as well as replacement of the following components:
- Water pump
- Fuel pump
- Exhaust system
- Engine and transmission gaskets
- Hoses and belts
- Spark plugs, ignition wires, points, condenser, and coil
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