Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe 1953






scale 1:18

Model number: 1604

  Review of the model:

This model of Chevrolet Bel Air 1953 is among Sun Star U.S.A. Collectibles series. They produce both the 1953 and 1954 in Sport Coupe, Convertible and Police cars.

The models come in different color schemes as in one / two tone. It seems to me that they becoming more and more rare in the shops, but I was lucky to find mine at a web shop in Germany.

Sun Star quality control here is at its best - the model has no flaws on metal parts or paint!

At first when I got it in my hands, I thought the dimensions of the model was a bit off - But at a nearer inspection I think its Okay - Many of the Classic US-Cars today are lowered as Hot Rods and If we look in the Old Brochures, the artists have a tendency to draw the cars lower and wider than they are in real life. The radio antenna is maybe a bit heavy compare to the model but it’s only a minor issue in my book. The trim panels, glass and lights are reproduced nicely and give the model a exclusive feel. And I really like the chrome hubcaps with the blue Chevrolet logo. The interior is fairly basic with fine carpet. The trunk is poorly detailed and the engine room could have some more hoses and wires. But again at this price (45 Euros) this is a decent model car. The model has a space in alls collection plans, because the car represents a cornerstone in US auto history. I will recommend this model to anyone.

I will give this model 3 out of 6 stars  ******

Below here are pictures of the model, historical description, old brochures, technical data and a little movie clip for the real car. So please enjoy!



Color: Woodland Green / Surf Green



Profile of a icon of a car

  Lots of chrome and panel lines  
Front view with the heavy grill
The Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe is easy recognizably by the z shape in the rear-end roof
A heavy model car in scale 1:18
Typical shape of the rear fenders the symbolize speed
The door fits nice on the model
Nicely designed rear lights
Note the rear Chevrolet emblem with the statement of Power Glide transmission on the trunk
Steering wheel and chrome instrument panel are fine but the doors hinges are a bit bulky and heavy
The model car is assembled well
Chrome panel around the Gas filler lid
"Vacuum cleaner" style exhaust pipe
The Chevrolet had its smaller cousin in Europe - Opel Rekord
This was before the days of V8 - here we have the inline Blue Flame 115 HP, 6 Cyl



Chevrolet Bel Air Sports Coupe 1953

First generation 1950-1954

 For 1950, Chevrolet came up with a revolutionary style that would set a pattern for decades. The Bel Air Hardtop was styled as a convertible with a non-detachable solid roof. Models like this had been around since the 1920s, including early Chevrolets, with no degree of success. But the newly revised idea, sweeping the GM line from Chevrolet to Cadillac, had finally found its era. First year production reached only 76,662 as buyers cautiously tested the revised concept. The car cost $1,741 and weighed 3,225 lb (1,463 kg). Front suspension was independent, named "knee-action"

The first Bel Airs of this era shared only their front sheet metal ahead of the A pillar with the rest of the range. The windshield, doors, glass, and trunk were common with the Styline Deluxe Convertible Coupe, however the roof, rear quarters and rear windows (3) were unique. The chassis and mechanicals were common with the rest of the passenger car range, and the overall appearance was the same as the rest of the range, except that the roof line was lower and the unique three piece rear window gave it a longer and more balanced look. The first Bel Airs were only available with the "DeLuxe" premium trim level and specification.

Apart from the usual annual grille and trim changes, the 1951–1952 Bel Air differed from the earlier 1950 model with introduction of the higher and squarer rear guards that were across the whole range.

In 1953 Chevrolet renamed its series, and the Bel Air name was applied to the premium model range. Two lower series, the 150 and 210, also emerged (as successors to the Special and Deluxe series, respectively). The 1953 Chevrolet was advertised as "Entirely new through and through," due to the restyled body panels, front and rear ends. However, essentially these Chevrolets had similar frame and mechanicals to the 1949–1952 cars.

The 1953–1954 Chevrolet range had a unique and somewhat awkward look about it and much of this stemmed from its role as a transitional model to introduce a raft of changes that were necessary to pave the way for the introduction of the 1955–1957 range that really established the Bel Air as a cultural icon. The pre-war technology, such as torque tube drive, six-cylinder splash feed engines, knee action suspension, split windshields, etc., of the early models was phased out and the foundations for the first post war modern Chevrolet passenger car were finalized in this 1953–1954 model. The Bel Air series featured a wide chrome strip of molding from the rear fender bulge to the rear bumper. The inside of this stripe was painted a coordinating color with the outside body color, and "Bel Air" scripts were added inside the strip. Lesser models had no model designation anywhere on the car, only having a Chevy crest on the hood and trunk. 1953 was the first year for a curved, one-piece windshield.

Bel Air interiors had an optional massive expanse of chrome across the lower part of the dashboard (most were painted), along with a deluxe Bel Air steering wheel with full chrome horn ring. Carpeting and full wheel covers rounded out Bel Air standard equipment. For 1954, the Bel Air stayed essentially the same, except for a revised grille and taillights, and a revised engine that had insert bearings and higher oil pressure, needed for the full-flow oil filtration system that was not available prior to 1954. Prior to 1954, the 235 and 216 cubic inch six cylinder engines had babbit bearings and scoops to create oil pressure at the bottom of each rod and the oil pressure was standard at 15-30 PSI. During these years, there were three engine choices, depending on the transmission ordered. Both 235 cubic inch engines were "Blue Flame" inline six cylinder OHV engines, featuring hydraulic valve lifters (in 1953 with automatic transmissions) and aluminum pistons. The 106 hp (79 kW) 235 cubic inch displacement engine was standard on stick shift models, with solid lifters and splash plus pressure lubrication including babbit bearings. Powerglide cars got a 115 hp (86 kW) version which had hydraulic lifters and full pressure lubrication.

In 1953 and 1954, Bel Airs could be ordered in convertible, hardtop coupe, two- and four-door sedans, and, for 1954, the Beau Ville station wagon which featured wood grain trim around the side windows. Many new options, once available only to more expensive luxury cars, became offered starting in 1953, including power steering and the Guidematic headlight dimmer in 1953; and power brakes, power 2-way front seat and power front windows in 1954. All 1954 models equipped with the standard transmission used the 1953 Powerglide engine.



Technical specification:





South Gate, California, (South Gate Assembly)
Tarrytown, New York, (North Tarrytown Assembly)
Lakewood Heights, Georgia, (Lakewood Assembly)
Flint, Michigan, (Flint Assembly)
St. Louis, Missouri, (St. Louis Assembly)
Oakland, California, (Oakland Assembly)
Norwood, Ohio, (Norwood Assembly)

Body and chassis

Body style

2-door hardtop
2-door coupe (1953–54)
4-door sedan (1953–54)
2-door convertible
4-door station wagon (1954)


GM A Body



215.5 cu in (3.5 L) "Thriftmaster" 1-bbl. valve-in-head 92 hp I6
235.5 cu in (3.9 L) Blue Flame I6


3-speed manual
2-speed powerglide auto.





197.5"(1950–1952); 15"(1954)

Curb weight




Old brochures of the 1953 Chevrolet















Video of the real car from Youtube

  Dinah Shore promotes the new Chevrolets and sings "See the U.S.A. in your new Chevrolet." (1953 commecial)  




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