1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
In May of '52, Chevy designers were given a blank slate and told to design something totally different. Three years later, the 1955 Chevrolet was the result and a true instant AMERICAN classic car was born. Destined to become the anchor for what collectors would later call the Tri-5's (1955-57 Chevys), the all-new '55 Chevy sported dramatic styling changes, improved handling and a new V8. The media called the '55 Bel Air Sport Coupe 'an excellent example of smart profile styling.' At 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 23, 1954, the 50 millionth car produced by GM rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan. It was a '55 Bel Air 2-Door hardtop Sport Coupe. A one day nationwide Open House by GM to celebrate the event drew one million people into showrooms. GM, in its heyday with 114 factories in the U.S., produced more than 1.7 million Chevys during 1955.
For consignment a first year Tri Five 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air, but with some snappy mods that make it even better than the original. A resto-mod if you will, now sporting a 350ci Tuned Port injection V8, a TCI Turbo 400 Transmission, a jazzed up interior with power conveniences, and Auto Meter gauges. Two tone paint, and 15-inch American Racing Wheels, and you are into the first year of the bowtie fives and looking even smarter.
Plenty of pristine Bronze and Ivory paint delineated by opposing shiny trim spears, and chromed parts. Beautiful lines for this year and the single headlight with the metal front quarter visor framing them and smiling egg crate grille below. Oval signal lights on either side below the headlights, and a wonderful sculpted bumper that undulates with the front grille lines, and curves around the sides. Good gaps, and straight rust-free steel are noted on all slabs. Ivory paint for the rear and roof of this car with one bronze covering the front and most of the sides to the edges of the doors and lower rear quarters. Clean shiny trimmings throughout and we are preparing to leap into the fin era with now rounded rear quarters and the iconic 55 triangulated tail lighting complete with blue dot centers. Another pristine bumper on back and square chromed tipped tailpipes growling out from under the bumper. 15-inch American Racing spin design wheels are on all 4 corners.
Slipping inside we are greeted by my favorite dash of all time in the form of the dual fan arches in front of the driver and passenger. On the driver it contains the instruments which are now new white-faced Auto Meter gauges clustered with a machined metal bezel complete with bowtie etched turn signal surrounds. An adjustable column steering wheel now fronts this dash and has a walnut wood surround anchored by a tri pointed star billet style center. On the tilt column is a tachometer. In the center of the dash are the bowtie stamped pattern metal strips where some knobs and a Pioneer radio with custom auto-sound are found. On the passenger's side is the second fan arch, and its round clock on the bottom, and is now emblazoned with Bel Air badges and 50th anniversary type font in your grandmother's handwriting. Below this strip is more bronze metal, housing the glovebox and ashtray as well as the ignition. Underneath the dash on the hump is a B&M shifter. Vinyl looking a lot like faux leather covers the front and rear seats, and the front seat is now power adjustable. Nice light brown carpet floods the floors and above is a white headliner with metal support strips screwed into the roof.
A flip of the hood and in the perfectly painted bronze engine bay is a beautiful looking 350ci V8. This has tuned port injection and is looking very snarly with the white piping snaking out of the top of the engine. A TCI TH400 3-speed automatic is on back and a factory rear in Auburn limited slip format is the rear axle setup. All surfaces and bolt ons are non-corroded, supple hoses abound, and an electric fan radiator is now keeping things cool.
As one would expect based on the topside, the undercarriage is all buttoned up with nice black shiny paint, slight road dirt, and clean metal, headers and exhaust system. Floorpans frame and body hangers are all solid as a rock and no rust. Independent coil springs with tubular arms for the front suspension and leaf springs are on for the rear suspension. Front power disc brakes and rear power drum brakes are on.
In a word…AWESOME! Wonderful power, great handling, and snappy steering with bias free panic stopping, all powered braking. All power accessories are working, and the stereo is music to your ears. So is the engine sound.
Like a new girlfriend with a poodle skirt, or a fresh cut DA all greased and ready for a night out, this car does not disappoint on the eye candy sweetness it puts out. An overall nicely done job, great color combo, and excellent powertrain, all completely redone. Power conveniences, and a fantastic driver and head turner.
C-2400 Series BelAir
S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
218788-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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