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1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. How about we follow up one vintage Chevy wagon with another?

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We've seen a '64 Bel Air wagon, a '60 Bel Air sedan, and a '63 Bel Air Sedan so far in this series, and here's another early-60s Bel Air to check off the Alameda list. The Bel Air was the midpriced trim package during this era, fitting between the El Cheapo Biscayne and the Top Shelf Impala. The '61 Biscayne wagon had the same taillights as the Bel Air, but the holes where side trim once lived help identify this wagon as the latter type.

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This car parks nose-to-tail with the '73 Maverick sedan we saw a while back, and right around the corner from the perennially-for-sale '60 Studebaker Lark. This is also the same spot where we saw the slammed '66 VW Transporter, which disappeared about the same time the Maverick appeared. My guess is that we have a serious fan of mean-looking vintage iron here.

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Illustration for article titled 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
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Illustration for article titled 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
Illustration for article titled 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
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Illustration for article titled 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
Illustration for article titled 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
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Illustration for article titled 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
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Illustration for article titled 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
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Illustration for article titled 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
Illustration for article titled 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
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Illustration for article titled 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air Station Wagon
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I honestly can't remember the last time I saw one of these. Long, long ago.

Is this an automatic? The footwell is so dark, I can't see how many pedals there are.

Sigh. I miss the days when cars had actual hoods, as opposed to stubby sloping snouts.