The Bel Air was Chevy’s version of the new body style that was introduced by Buick, Oldsmobile and Cadillac in late 1949. This new body style came to be called a hard top convertible. It took awhile before the label was accepted then shortened to just simply “Hardtop”.
The 1950 Chevrolet Belair looked like a convertible in that it had convertible type doors and quarter windows that rolled down out of sight, leaving no door post to block the view.
None of the Bel Air Hardtop Convertible’s ever converted into open cars. The roof was all steel and welded in place.
Chevrolet’s Bel Air was the first true hardtop to be marketed in the low price field. Ford would not hit the market with its Victoria until 1951. Plymouth’s Belvedere arrived after 1951.
The Chevy Bel Air was very stylish in it’s two tone color combination, several of which were not available on other models. Interiors were trimmed much more brightly and for the first time offered in different colors to match the exterior colors. The interiors with leather trim and Bedford cord looked like convertible interiors.
The introduction of the Bel Air two door hardtop marked a big change in how Chevrolet defined sportily cars. Until the 1950 Chevrolet Bel Air Hard Top, the serious sporting types went for Convertibles. The Bel Air hardtop in 1950 redefined sporty closed models.
1950 Chevrolet Bel Air Body Colors and Interior Colors
The model number of the 1950 Chevy Styline Deluxe Bel Air was 2154. Body style number was 50-1037. The factory price of a 1950 Chevy Bel Air was $1741.00. Only the 1950 Chevy Convertible and 1950 Chevy Station Wagon cost more. Production figures of the 1950 Bel Air was 76,662. The 1950 Bel Air was similar in quality to the 1950 Impala.