Chevrolet Bel Air, 1959 MY 11-1511

The Bel Air is a motor car from Chevrolet, with rear wheel drive, a front located engine and a 2 door sedan/saloon body style. The 6 cylinder, overhead valve naturally aspirated powerplant has 2 valves per cylinder and a capacity of 3.9 litres. This unit provides power and torque figures of 135 bhp (137 PS/101 kW) at 4000 rpm and 294 Nm (217 lbft/30 kgm) at 2000-2400 rpm respectively. A 3 speed manual with overdrive transmission transmits the power to the wheels.

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Key facts

Chevrolet Bel Air, 1959 MY 11-1511 information summary

What body style?
2 door sedan/saloon with 5/6 seats
How long?
5357 mm
What size engine?
3.9 litre, 3855 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
137 PS / 135 bhp / 101 kW @ 4000 rpm
How much torque?
294 Nm / 217 ft.lb / 30 kgm @ 2000-2400 rpm

Chevrolet Bel models

2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4636 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4636 cm3 233 PS 230 bhp 172 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4636 cm3 294 PS 290 bhp 216 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4636 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4636 cm3 233 PS 230 bhp 172 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4636 cm3 233 PS 230 bhp 172 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 5697 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4636 cm3 294 PS 290 bhp 216 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 4636 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 4636 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 5697 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4636 cm3 233 PS 230 bhp 172 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 5697 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 5697 cm3 284 PS 280 bhp 209 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 5697 cm3 324 PS 320 bhp 239 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 5697 cm3 253 PS 250 bhp 186 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 4636 cm3 294 PS 290 bhp 216 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 4636 cm3 294 PS 290 bhp 216 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 5697 cm3 340 PS 335 bhp 250 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 5697 cm3 340 PS 335 bhp 250 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 5697 cm3 340 PS 335 bhp 250 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 5697 cm3 340 PS 335 bhp 250 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 5697 cm3 324 PS 320 bhp 239 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 5697 cm3 284 PS 280 bhp 209 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 5697 cm3 324 PS 320 bhp 239 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 5697 cm3 324 PS 320 bhp 239 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3M 5697 cm3 284 PS 280 bhp 209 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 5697 cm3 284 PS 280 bhp 209 kW
2 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4636 cm3 188 PS 185 bhp 138 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3OD 4636 cm3 188 PS 185 bhp 138 kW

Similar models

4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 3990 cm3 147 PS 145 bhp 108 kW 1778 kg
sedan/​saloon FR 3M 4276 cm3 150 PS 148 bhp 110 kW 1461 kg
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air data
bodywork
Body type5/6 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 3023 mm 119 inches
Track/tread (front) 1532 mm 60.3 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1506 mm 59.3 inches
Length 5357 mm 210.9 inches
Width 2029 mm 79.9 inches
Height 1476 mm 58.1 inches
Ground clearance 152 mm 6 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.77
Kerb weight
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 75.8 litres 16.7 UK Gal 20 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Chevrolet
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 6
Capacity 3.9 litre
3855 cc
(235.247 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 90.4 × 100.1 mm
3.56 × 3.94 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.9
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output
(gross)
137 PS (135 bhp) (101 kW)
at 4000 rpm
Specific output
(gross)
35 bhp/litre
0.57 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(gross)
294 Nm (217 ft·lb) (30 kgm)
at 2000-2400 rpm
Specific torque
(gross)
76.26 Nm/litre
0.92 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction cast iron block & head
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 8.25:1
Fuel system 1 Rochester 7013003 carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 958.4 kPa (139 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 642.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio
Weight-to-power ratio
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Wheel size front 5J x 14
Wheel size rear 5J x 14
Tyres front 7.50 x 14
Tyres rear 7.50 x 14
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter 279 mm
Rear brake diameter 279 mm
Braked area
Gearbox 3 speed manual
Top gear ratio 0.7
Final drive ratio 3.70
general
Carfolio.com ID404173
Production total
Model code 11-1511
Model family
RAC rating 30.4
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1959 Chevrolet Bel Air added 2015-03-07.
Last modified 2015-03-08.