The 327, which was available in 1964 with various power choices, was a popular option, while the 409 could be obtained with either 400 or 425 horsepower. The largest block available was the 427, which generated 430 horsepower.
The 1964 Bel Air shown in these pictures was originally equipped with a 283 engine, although it now has a 350 crate unit under the hood. According to the owner’s post on Craigslist, the engine swap took place in 2003, but the 283 engine is still present and will be included with the car when it finds a new owner.
The engine swap was intended to breathe new life into the Bel Air, but in 2004, just a year after the upgrade, the car was involved in a fire. The battery caught fire, but fortunately, the fire department was able to extinguish it using foam, preventing significant damage to the vehicle. The fire did not heavily damage the body, but the car will require a new coat of paint and new wires in the engine bay.
After the fire was put out, the Bel Air was towed to the owner’s farm, but instead of receiving a complete overhaul, it ended up in a hay shed. It remained in the same spot for the next twenty years, waiting for a new owner to bring it back to life.
The car is now listed for sale on Craigslist, with the owner stating that it is still salvageable. The 350 engine is currently in the car, but if the buyer wishes to restore it to its original specifications, the original 283 engine can be included in the sale. The owner claims that the 283 engine is in excellent condition, although it may require a new head gasket.
The photos do not provide much information about the Bel Air’s condition, as the car is covered in dust from its twenty-year slumber. It is highly recommended to inspect the car in person before making a purchase, especially if the intention is to restore it to its original specifications. It is unclear if the extended period of storage has caused any damage to the body, so a thorough inspection of the undercarriage on a lift is necessary.
Considering the potential for the Bel Air to be restored to its original specifications, the asking price of $12,000 seems reasonable. However, it is essential for any potential buyer to thoroughly inspect the car in person or arrange for a third-party inspection to assess the extent of the fire damage.
According to the Source autoevolution.com