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1951 Chevy Description

The newest thing about the 1951 model was its advertising slogan. “See the USA in your Chevrolet” was seen in print, heard on television and in song from Dinah Shore.

There were some changes for the 1951 model. The rear fenders were raised and squared off. The taillights were reshaped and moved to the trailing edges of the fenders. The grille featured newly pointed parking lights at the corners, and the center bar of the grille now wrapped around the parking lights. The side trim was all new. Drivers faced a redesigned instrument panel which featured two gauge pods. One carried the speedometer while the second housed the fuel, oil pressure, temperature, and ammeter gauges.

All Deluxe models had a stainless steel molding starting above the fender and extending onto the doors. A deluxe name plate was mounted on each front fender. The stainless trim on the side of the 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe models was moved lower on the body to make the entire car look lower. Styleline Specials and Fleetline Specials had no chrome body strips or name plates. The only sheet metal changes made on the 1951 Chevrolet was the contour of the rear fenders. On the Deluxe models there was a strip of chrome running forward from the taillight along the top of the fender. Stainless steel trim strips which had outlined the rear fenders on the 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe models was deleted. DeLuxe Bel Airs also had a 39-hour wind-up clock inside.

Mechanically little changed other than Bendix brakes replaced the Huck style brakes that had been used since the 1930s. Larger brake linings were advertised as "requiring 25% less pedal pressure." The two-speed PowerGlide transmission was offered as an option on all models. The options list grew longer and included the Vacuumatic Ashtray and turn signals. The 216.5 six cylinder (92hp) was mated to the three-speed manual tranny, while the larger 235 six (105hp) was reserved for the Powerglide.

Production of the 1951s slipped to 1.25 million. The $2030 DeLuxe convertible accounted for 20,172 of them.

The popularity of the Fleetline series had declined with combined sales of approximately 11,000 Special two and four door sedans and not quite 58,000 Fleetline DeLuxe four doors and 132,000 two doors. At around 380,000, the best selling Chevy in 1951 was the Styleline Deluxe series four doors. Over 262,000 two doors of this model were sold. The Bel Air outsold (103,356) all three of the lesser costing coupes.

During 1951 both the Fleetline Special two-door and four-door models were discontinued. The Fleetline Deluxe four-door was next to be axed leaving only the Fleetline Deluxe two-door.

Production Numbers

Styleline Special Production #
4 Door Sedan 63,718
2 Door Sedan 75,566
Sport Coupe 18,981
Business Coupe 17,020
Fleetlineline Special Production #
4 Door Sedan 3,364
2 Door Sedan 6,441
Styleline DeLuxe Production #
4 Door Sedan 380,270
2 Door Sedan 262,933
4 Door Wagon 23,586
Sport Coupe 64,976
Convertible Coupe 20,172
Bel Air Hardtop Coupe 103,356
Fleetline DeLuxe Production #
2 Door Sedan 131,910
4 Door Sedan 57,693


Styleline Special Prices
4 Door Sedan $1,595
2 Door Sedan $1,540
Sport Coupe $1,545
Business Coupe $1,460
Fleetlineline Special Production #
4 Door Sedan $1,594
2 Door Sedan $1,540
Styleline DeLuxe Production #
4 Door Sedan $1,680
2 Door Sedan $1,629
4 Door Wagon $2,191
Sport Coupe $1,647
Convertible Coupe $2,030
Bel Air Hardtop Coupe $1,914
Fleetline DeLuxe Production #
2 Door Sedan $1,629
4 Door Sedan $1,680


Base Six Cylinder Manual Trans.
Overhead valve
Cast Iron block
216.5 cubic inch displacement
Bore & Stroke: 3-1/2 x 3-3/4
Compression ratio: 6.5:1
Carter/Rochester/Stromberg one-barrel carburetor
Brake Horsepower: 92 @ 3400 RPM
Four main bearings
Solid lifters
Base Six Cylinder Auto. Trans.
Overhead valve
Cast Iron block
235.5 cubic inch displacement
Bore & Stroke: 3-9/16 x 3-15/16
Compression ratio: 6.7:1
Rochester one-barrel carburetor
Brake Horsepower: 105 @ 3600 RPM
Four main bearings
Hydraulic lifters

1951 Chevy Model Identification

Serial Number Tag and Cowl Tag Locations


Engine numbers: 6 cylinder on crankcase to rear of distributor. Engine numbers were GA-1001 to GA-1031807.

Serial numbers are on a plate on the drivers side, front door hinge pillar.


Numerical prefix in serial indicates assembly plant as follows:

# Plant # Year # Series # Month
1 Flint, Michigan G 1949 K Fleetline/Styleline Deluxe A January
2 Tarrytown, New York H 1950 J Fleetline/Styleline Special B February
3 St. Louis, Missouri J 1951 C March
5 Kansas City, Missouri K 1952 D April
6 Oakland, California E May
8 Atlanta, Georgia F June
9 Norwood, Ohio G July
14 Baltimore, Maryland H August
21 Janesville, Wisconsin I September
J October
K November
L December

The second symbol indicates model year: H=1950.

The third symbol indicates model and series: J=Special 1500 series, K=Deluxe 2100 series.

JJ Special (Styleline and Fleetline).

JK Deluxe (Styleline and Fleetline).

Sequence Numbers: All Assembly Plants Start With "1001".


Style No.: Is a combination body style number. The first two digits represents the year. The next two digits (10) indicates the GM car division (Chevrolet). The next two digits is the style (Model) of the body.

Body No.: Is the sequence or production rotation in which the body was made. The prefix represents the plant in which it was made.

Trim No.: Is the combination number of the trim used in the body.

Paint No.: Is the paint or color combination used on the body.

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