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Chevrolet Bel Air Six

(1959 model)

Brief specs of 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air Six

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 3860 cm3 / 235.6 cu in / 235.6 cu in, 108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp @ 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm, 278.0 N·m / 205.0 lb·ft / 205.0 lb·ft @ 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)ChevroletIssued from1959
ModelBel Air SixIssued until
SerieBel AirNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerGeneral Motor CompanyCountryUS,BR,KR,ZA

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors4
Bodywork typesedan (saloon)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length5309 mm / 209.0 in / 209.0 inTotal (curb) weight1643 kg / 3622 lb / 3622 lb
Width1975 mm / 77.8 in / 77.8 inDry weight
Height1448 mm / 57.0 in / 57.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2985 mm / 117.5 in / 117.5 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1495 mm / 58.9 in / 58.9 inTowing weight
Track rear1495 mm / 58.9 in / 58.9 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance175 mm / 6.9 in / 6.9 inFuel capacity80 l / 17.5 UK gal / 21.0 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.78  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.43 m2 / 26.2 sq ft / 26.2 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders6
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves12
Engine ManufacturerGMValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore90.5 mm / 3.56 in / 3.56 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke100.0 mm / 3.94 in / 3.94 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.91
Fuel supply1 Ro carbEngine displacement3860 cm3 / 235.6 cu in / 235.6 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity643.33 cm3/cylinder / 39.258 cu in/cylinder / 39.258 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio8.3 : 1
SumpMax. output power108.1 kW / 145.0 hp / 145.0 hp at 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm / 4200 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque278.0 N·m / 205.0 lb·ft / 205.0 lb·ft at 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm / 2200 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)43.2 kW / 58.0 hp / 58.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output28.0 kW/l / 0.616 bhp/cu in / 0.616 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque72.0 N·m/l / 0.63 lb·ft/cu in / 0.63 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears3
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.55

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio88.2 kW/ton / 66.9 bhp/ton / 66.9 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock5.3Turning circle11.4 m / 37.4 ft / 37.4 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springsSuspension rearLive axle, Coil springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Chevrolet Bel Air Six

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