DELPHOS — Dan Kramer, of Delphos, has tracked the history of his 1969 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door car.
He purchased it when it was two-and-a-half years old. The original owner purchased the car when it was brand new from Koenig Chevrolet in Spencerville.
The original build date was May 25, 1969, and it was built in Warren, Michigan. Kramer has all of the paperwork with the vehicle.
The car was specially ordered with options not seen on many other Bel Airs, such as a bright window trim package, an 8-track tape player with AM/FM radio and four speakers. The tires are 15-inch rally wheels with Redline tires. The original spare tire is in the trunk.
It features a 350/300 horsepower engine, with factory four-speed and a 3:55 gear ratio differential posi-traction.
The 1969 Chevy Bel Air was redesigned with a new length, new fender and body lines and a new front and back end. It continued to use the 1965 chassis though. Chevrolet sold approximately 156,700 Bel Airs in 1969.
Kramer’s car was stripped out and refinished with waterborne paint in the original color. The original upholstery was found in Canby, Oregon. All numbers are matching on the car.
The car was the family car for many years prior to being parked to be restored at a later time. In 2012, a complete frame-off restoration was started, and it was completed in 2015.
Kramer’s Bel Air has won numerous trophies and was back-to-back second place Best of Show at the Westgate Charity Car Show. He still takes the car out cruising, and his kids and grandkids get a big kick out of it because of all the room and how it sounds.
“The car is big and powerful,” Kramer said.