Chevrolet Bel Air/Impala 1955-64 - market review 2016-17

By: Cliff Chambers, Unique Cars magazine

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You tend to get a fair bit of metal for your money with a Chev.

Standard 1950s Chevrolets aren’t big on performance but very few surviving cars are in standard condition. Supercharged 1955-57s with engines of 5.3 litres or more will produce better straight-line speed than a lot of modern models, but you will pay for performance. Two-door Bel Airs with late-model muscle under the bonnet can cost $100,000, so too an authentic ‘dual-quad’ carburettor car. Later, bigger bodied 1958-64 Impalas sometimes came with ‘409’ cubic inch [6.7-litre] V8s and fetch up to $80,000 for a two-door hardtop in exceptional order. Most in the market have 327 cubic inch engines and cost around $50,000. Getting started as a Chevrolet owner doesn’t have to be expensive with Impala four-door hardtops available in decent condition for under $30,000.

Bel Air 2-Dr H/T 1955-57 $75,425 [19]  

Bel Air 4-Dr H/T 1955-57 $52,125 [23]

Impala 2-Dr H/T 1958-60 $49,715 [6] 

Impala 2-Dr H/T 1961-64 $53,230 [8]

Impala 4-Dr H/T 1961-64 $32,545 [7]

[*] = number of recorded sales

(Note: concours & special cars may demand more.)

Numbers from our 2017-18 Muscle Cars Value Guide.

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