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From the 2nd Old Vehicle exhibition along the promenade of Lakki, Leros. The event was organized by the Motorcycling Club of Leros for only one evening (August 3, 2014) and attracted lots of local people and visitors.

This is a Chevrolet Bel Air that has surely seen better days and is kept for strong sentimental reasons.

From Wikipedia:

For 1950, Chevrolet came up with a revolutionary style that would set a pattern for decades. The Bel Air Hardtop was styled as a convertible with a non-detachable solid roof. Models like this had been around since the 1920s, including early Chevrolets, with no degree of success. But the newly revised idea, sweeping the GM line from Chevrolet to Cadillac, had finally found its era. First year production reached only 76,662 as buyers cautiously tested the revised concept. The car cost $1,741 and weighed 3,225 lb (1,463 kg). Front suspension was independent, named "knee-action".

The first Bel Airs of this era shared only their front sheetmetal ahead of the A pillar with the rest of the range. The Windscreen, doors, Glass, and boot where common with the Styline DeLuxe Convertible Coupe, however the roof, rear quarters and rear screens where unique. The Chassis and mechanicals are common with the rest of the passenger car range, and the overall appearance is the same as the rest of the range except that the roof line is lower and the unique three piece rear screen give it a longer and more balanced look. The first Bel Airs were only available with the premium trim level and specification, and therefore were not designated as either special or deluxe by Chevrolet. They do however have all the trim features and details common to the DeLuxe models of the range.

I applied vignetting for the first time in one of my photos because the sky was too bright and distracting. I hope this is ok.

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