CHEVROLET Bel Air Coupe
These are the cars that best encapsulate the optimistic era of ’50s America, the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll, and any number of roadside diners. The Bel Air tag generically attached to them is actually the range-topping trim level – there was also the One-Fifty and Two-Ten. A radical departure from previous dull and dumpy Chevrolets, each year got a different body styling treatment, with ever-growing fins, and this was the car that introduced the small-block Chevy V8 engine, in 1955. Six-cylinder versions were also available.