NEW! Award 58: 1966 Chevrolet Belair Station Wagon – STILL $29,500
April 11, 2021 Update – This caretaker just posted their latest listing that starts the second straight month of asking $29,500 for their ’66 Bel Air wagon.
March 11, 2020 – After spending six months trying to sell their restored wagon for $32,500, in their lasting Craigslist post, the seller finally lowered their asking price by $3,000 to $29,500.
February 20, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the seller replaced their most recent expired ad with a new one. Unfortunately, six months later, the seller remains firm on their $32,500 asking price.
January 1oth, 2021 Update – after not successfully selling by Thanksgiving, the private seller of this ’66 Bel Air station wagon we’ve been tracking since late last summer now has its fourth new listing with everything remaining the same, including the very optimistic $32,500 asking price. The continued firm and the very optimistic price has us now giving the seller our latest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way”) Award.
November 24th Update – We discovered another more recent ad for this ’66 Bel Air we first featured in August. Although the ad is new, the pictures, description, and price all remain the same.
September 20th Update – We just came across a fresh listing for this ’66 Chevy Bel Air we first featured on August 19th. This new listing duplicates the original content as well as the same asking price of $32,500.
The hardest part for many collector car enthusiasts is coming to grips with the fact that if they take the plunge to restore a car, they will lose money if they try to sell it. While most realize their labor is free, others rationalize the sum of the parts they have put into the car justifies the asking price. We believe that’s what may be going on this sanitary 1966 Chevrolet Bel Air six-passenger station wagon still listed on Craigslist in Statesville, North Carolina where the seller’s title simply states “Freshly Restored” and carries an asking price of $29,500, which is down from the original ask of $32,500. While that ask falls within the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Guide’s “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $15,400, $26,600, and $41,000, respectively, we note the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool contradicts that. Specifically, the $32,500 price is $9,800 higher than Hagerty’s #1 “Concours” appraisal of $22,700.
The 1966 model year marked the second for Chevrolet’s sixth-generation Bel Air model line. A mild facelift included forward-thrusting, blunted front fenders, and a revised grille. At the rear, a break with the traditional round tail lamps took place. Bel Air and Biscayne featured dual rectangular lamps with back-up lamps built-in. The overall length was 213.2 inches. The standard six-cylinder engine this year was the larger 250 cubic inch mill producing 155 horsepower. Most buyers optioned up for one of Chevy’s wide variety of small- and big-block V*s offered at the time. Bel Air was readily distinguishable from Biscayne by its full-length body side molding and rear fender Bel Air signatures. All-vinyl interiors were now standard on station wagons while cloth and vinyl trim continued on sedans.
Here’s a link on YouTube to the King Rose archives posted that’s a 1966 Chevrolet dealer information video narrated by actor Lorne Michaels. While the full-size wagon comparison starts about eight minutes in, but its more fun watching the entire clip:
The seller lets the pictures provided do the talking instead of his written description. While this small block-equipped Bel Air appears to be a straight and nicely restored example, only your in-person inspection can confirm whether this example received a quality rebuild. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Freshly restored in and out. Beautiful 66 rare belair wagon.“
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