Sanitary: 1964 Chevrolet Bel Air Street Machine – Sold!
Sanitary. That’s the first adjective that immediately came to mind when we came across this 1964 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door post sedan street machine listed on Craigslist in Florham Park, New Jersey where the current caretaker is asking $19,500 or best offer. Relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for a stock small-block equipped two-door confirms this private seller has his Bel Air priced between the current #3 “Good” appraisal of $20,500 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $17,800. Robert can be reached at (201) 874-7297 if you are serious about buying his Bel Air and please be sure to mention you first saw his listing featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
Chevrolet introduced its fifth-generation Bel Air for the 1961 model year. Walking away from the “Bat Wing” horizontal tail fins of the prior two model years, Chevrolet again had a totally new body, not just new sheet metal. While its wheelbase remained 119 inches, the Bel Air’s length shortened slightly to 209.3 inches. (5,320 mm). All power options of the previous year remained in effect with the standard engine being the 235 cubic inch “Blue Flame” inline six-cylinder producing 135 horsepower or the optional 283 cubic inch small block V8 with 170 horsepower on tap. While the V8 cost is $110 more than the inline-six it actually weighed five pounds less.
1964 was the last year of the fifth-generation Bel Air, so very few changes were made except the typical grille and taillight trim renovations. In addition to the unchanged standard engines, there were now two different 327 cubic inch small block V8 engines offered between 250 horsepower and 300 horsepower. If that wasn’t enough, a buyer also had a choice between three 409 cubic inch big block V8s engines ranging from 340 horsepower to 425 horsepower. Except for a chrome beltline and $100 difference in price, there was little exterior difference between the Bel Air and Biscayne version.
With what appears to be warmed over 350 cubic inch V8 combined with a four-speed floor-shifted Muncie manual transmission, this Bel Air would scream “sleeper” if the modern black painted American Racing wheels didn’t give it away. For that reason, we would consider swapping out those rims for a set of body-painted steelies topped with chrome poverty style hub caps. We’d also look at upgrading the brake system to a safer dual-circuit style. Otherwise, we could see ourselves having a lot of fun with Chevy, one-quarter mile at a time. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1964 Bel air… 350/4spd muncie. Really nice car 75k original miles. All original body panels. Zero rust, 18inch wheels. Immaculate interior. You can drive this car anywhere!! $19,500 OBO.. car is located in NJ. Call me with any other questions i can help you with. Thanks“
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