SIA Flashback: 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air

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    SIA Flashback: 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air

    Hemmings blog posted a old article of Special Interest autos about the 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air.
    http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2...rolet-bel-air/

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    Re: SIA Flashback: 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air

    It's an important part of the Chevrolet story and heritage, but I really can't connect with such old cars.

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    Re: SIA Flashback: 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air

    '50 Chevy OK car, but overshadowed
    by the (later classic) '50 Mercurys and
    Fords of the day. Mercs and Fords
    had the style and V-8 power.

    The World Changed, Motorama 1955 !

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    Re: SIA Flashback: 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air

    Quote Originally Posted by SBC View Post
    '50 Chevy OK car, but overshadowed
    by the (later classic) '50 Mercurys and
    Fords of the day. Mercs and Fords
    had the style and V-8 power.

    The World Changed, Motorama 1955 !
    I agree, '55 was the year that everything changed (at least GM)...

    I'm not a big fan of the year 1950 cars. The Buick was pretty awesome though. Outside of GM I always liked the Hudson of that year. That's about it.
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    Re: SIA Flashback: 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air

    Quote Originally Posted by skylark68 View Post
    I agree, '55 was the year that everything changed (at least GM)...

    I'm not a big fan of the year 1950 cars. The Buick was pretty awesome though. Outside of GM I always liked the Hudson of that year. That's about it.
    Add also to the list,
    -the Ford Country Squire wagon
    -the Nash Rambler introduced later during the 1950 model year.
    -Cadillac 75 limousine
    -Chevrolet pick-up truck "Advance design" era.
    -the 1949-51 Ford and Mercury became the hot rodder choice later.

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    Re: SIA Flashback: 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air

    That was back when GM knew what a Chevy was suppose to be, GM's entry level to the GM family. 1950 was the start of GM's journey from greatness to bankrupcy! Making Pontiac wait 4 years to use their V8, was the first blunder, the blue tame six cyl. Corvette, was the second blunder, and letting Chevy copy the Pontiac V8, was the third blunder! If only they had gone with the 8 cyl. F-88 or the Bonneville Special! Think what GM could have been with a strong Pontiac and Olds to move up to, from the entry level Chevy's!
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    Re: SIA Flashback: 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air

    Neat cars- but they didn't last too long here in the rust belt.

    Dad had a 52 Bel Air Hardtop, and by '57 rust had taken over much of the body. There was nothing left to hang the fender skirts on.

    Of course, the '57 Fairlane he traded it in on didn't do much better.

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    Re: SIA Flashback: 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air

    Quote Originally Posted by 2doorpost View Post
    Neat cars- but they didn't last too long here in the rust belt.

    Dad had a 52 Bel Air Hardtop, and by '57 rust had taken over much of the body. There was nothing left to hang the fender skirts on.

    Of course, the '57 Fairlane he traded it in on didn't do much better.
    So he went from stovebolt 6 Chevy to a V8 Ford, he must have been like a lot of other people in 57 who went from a low performance Chevy to a much higher performance Ford. Didn't Ford outsell Chevy in the mid fifties? My dad worked for Packard then Edsel back then... I think I loved Fords when I was 6, maybe because my dad got us one of the little electric 57 Tbirds they used on the Dinah Shore show. I never liked Fords after my dad went to Pontiac's in the early 60's.
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