Chevrolet Beauville

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This article is about the 1955–1957 station wagon. For the 1970–1995 van, see Chevrolet Van.

The Chevrolet Beauville was originally a station wagon option for the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. The name was later resurrected as a full-size van option for the Chevrolet Van in 1970.

1955[edit]

In 1955 Chevrolet introduced the 4-door Beauville Wagon as an option for the Bel Air line. The Beauville wagon came standard with a 6-cylinder engine or a V8 mated to a manual transmission.

Type of Beauville Number made Standard price
1955 4-door Bel Air Beauville Wagon 24,313 6-cylinder= $2,262 V8= $2,361

1956[edit]

In 1956 the Beauville became a wagon option for the Chevrolet 210 as well.

Type of Beauville Number made Standard Price Seating capacity
1956 4-door 210 Beauville Wagon 17,988 6-cylinder= $2,348 V8= $2447 9 passengers
1956 4-door Bel Air Beauville Wagon (V8 and 6-cylinder Have different Chrome strips) 13,279 6-cylinder= $2,482 V8= $2581 9 passengers

Engines[edit]

Chevrolet Station wagons offered a wide variety of engines rated from the 140 bhp (100 kW) 6-cylinder to the 225 hp (168 kW) V8.

One base engine Chevrolet offered in 1956 was a 235.5-cubic-inch (3,859 cc) 6-cylinder engine with a cast-iron block and a compression ratio of 8.0:1. It was carbureted, with a Rochester single barrel carburetor and produced 140 brake horsepower (100 kW) power at 4200 revolutions per minute. Another base engine offered by Chevrolet in 1956 was a 265-cubic-inch (4,340 cc) V8 with a 2-barrel carburetor with 162 brake horsepower (121 kW) at 4400 rpm.

In 1956 two other 265-cubic-inch (4,340 cc) V8s were offered but both had a 9.25:1 compression ratio, 4-barrel carburetors, and a dual exhaust. The Turbo-Fire 225 engine was equipped with 2 Carter 4-barrel carburetors and produced 225 hp (168 kW) at 5200 rpm while the Turbo-Fire 205 engine had a single 4-barrel carburetor with a peak 205 hp (153 kW) at 4600 rpm.

1957[edit]

In 1957 the Beauville station wagon was not offered in the Bel Air line, only in the 210.

Type of Beauville Number sold Standard Price Seating capacity
1957 4-door 210 Beauville wagon 21,803 6-cylinder= $2,563 V8= $2663 9 passengers

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In 1957 the engines offered by Chevrolet in the 210 Beauville were a 235.5-cubic-inch 6-cylinder with 140 hp (104 kW), a 265-cubic-inch V8 with 162 hp (121 kW), and a number of 283-cubic-inch V8s, the most powerful being the super turbo-fire 283 reached 283 hp (211 kW). The super turbo-fire 283 was a fuel-injected engine that was a $550 option back in 1957.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1957 Chevrolet". Carsandstripes.com. 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  2. ^ sea@OldRide.com. "1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Information Specifications Resources Pictures". Oldride.com. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  3. ^ "The Classic Chevrolet facts about 1956 Chevrolet Engines". Theclassicchevrolet.com. Retrieved 2009-05-07.