Remembering The Chevy Classics We Hold Dear To Our Hearts

1957 chevy bel air

Look through any American newspapers or magazines from the last century and you’re sure to see the classic lines of a Chevy. The quality of design keeps our cars popular even decades after they’ve gone out of production, making them a popular choice for collectors and restoration enthusiasts. There are many to choose from, but we’ve chosen five of our favorites for this walk down memory lane.

  1. 1955 Bel Air:

    No Chevy retrospective would be complete without this beauty. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Chevys of all time, this second generation of the Bel-Air brought a world-class small-block V-8 engine to the everyday driver. The ’55 Bel Air was also the first of its line to feature optional air conditioning. It won recognition from Motor Trend and even Popular Mechanics. The elegant body lines and chrome details- especially paired with the popular turquoise and white color scheme- are recognizable even by casual drivers.

  2. 1963 Corvette Coupe:

    Because of their use in racing, Corvettes had been enjoying a rise in popularity for several years. Interest was high when Chevy announced a redesign, and the ‘63 Sting Ray didn’t disappoint. It was the first Corvette coupe ever made. The powerfully distinctive body, hideaway headlights, and big block engine window captured America’s imagination from day one. Though the Sting Ray stayed popular throughout redesigns, we singled out the ’63 model because it was the only one to offer a split rear window. It’s no surprise that the 430 L-88 model is one of the most collectible cars of all time.

  3. Chevrolet Fleetmaster (1946-48):

    After materials restrictions ended following World War II, Chevy decided to replace the Special Deluxe with something luxurious and celebratory. The Series DK Fleetmaster was the top trim level model for the 1946 line. Probably best known is the ’46 Fleetmaster Sport Sedan which featured a straight-six engine, triple moldings on all fenders, and the fastback styling prized among car lovers of the time. Because of its status as a symbol of refinement and class, Fleetmasters are highly sought after by filmmakers when filming period dramas.

  4. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28:

    The first Camaros were built on an innovative rear-wheel drive F-body platform designed by GM. Car manufacturers weren’t allowed to be directly involved in racing, but the Z/28 model came as close to a “race-ready” car as the rules allowed. It was actually something of a secret. The options package wasn’t listed in any of the sales material, and Chevy underrated the listed power at 290 horsepower instead of the actual 360 horsepower. The specs were kept so closely guarded that only 602 Z/28s were sold. Collectors prize the model for its hidden power and rarity.

  5. Chevrolet Series Four-Ninety (also called 490):

    One of the first and best-loved Chevys, the 490 was made from 1915 to 1922. The 490 name came from its launch price which was set five dollars below the competing Model T Ford. Electric horns, a speedometer and ammeter, dome lights, and headlight dimmers were all novel features at the time, and the 490 had them all. Drivers loved it for its dependability and value. Chevrolet cofounder William Durant used the profits to buy GM stock, meaning all our new cars owe their creation to the 490.

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