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Wheels in the Grass

'61 Chevy Bel Air 4-dr sedan, Machias, N.Y.

Who doesn’t know someone who had a ’61 Chevy in the family — or at least in the neighborhood? When I was a kid, Mom and Dad had a Parkwood station wagon, as did our neighbors two doors away. Parkwood was the wagon equivalent of the Bel Air series; Nomad equated to Impalas; and Brookwoods were the cheapo Biscayne of the wagon series. This 1961 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door sedan was found deep in the grass in the back of a wrecking yard in Machias, N.Y. Chevy built a total of 330,000 Bel Airs that year, out of a total of 957,400 full-sized cars. The six-cylinder version of the Bel Air four-door listed for $2,438 while the V-8 went for $107 more.

'61 Parkwood brochure art

'61 Bel Air brochure art

—Jim Corbran, You Auto Know