1960 Chevrolet Bel Air
Our client, the third-generation owner brought their 1960 Bel Air in for a full interior restoration. The 1960 Bel Air has been in our client’s family since day dot and had a price tag of £3,500 which was just over half the price of the average house in the 60s.
The original exterior paint colour was black, but our client’s grandfather painted it white as there was another Ford in the town and he wanted his to be different.
The overall goal was to restore the whole vehicle. By the time it was in our workshop, the exterior paint was returned to an original jet-black shade for originality. Our client had decided on a houndstooth fabric for the design that they presented our team. Inspired by a two door 1960 American Impala which had much higher specifications, our team had to accommodate for new features such as the carpets, door panels, front, and rear seats (with pleats), speaker installation, shifter cover, parcel shelf, front, and rear seat belts, fitting of new windows supplied by the client, window channels, boot panel, interior rooflining, sun visors, and sound proofing of the whole vehicle.
One feature in particular that was included in the American model but not the New Zealand model, was the speaker grill in the back seat. This was an added decorative feature that our team had to source and fit as a part of the clients request as well as the houndstooth on the seats and door cards.