Bel Air Hardtop
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop
Imagine a car so popular that a new term came to be based on that design. That name is Tri-Five, which refers to 1955, 1956, and 1957 Chevrolet automobiles, in particular the Bel Air, 150, 210, hardtops, sedans, wagons and the Nomad. With beautiful proportions and new skins each of those successive years, and a thorough peppering of chrome, these cars produced in this time became iconic. From all original to highly modified versions, many Tri-Five clubs have sprung up to showcase individuality, originality, and the beloved Chevrolet concepts of Harley Earl and his team.
On our consignment floor is a beautifully restored first year Tri Five (1955). This car was painstakingly restored from the ground up and is a national show car winner from 1984. A front bumper chrome bar add on, and the continental rear bumper kit along with iconic mid 50's two tone color you cannot go wrong in the car. Did I mention it's a real looker too!
Bathed in Regal Turquoise with an India Ivory top and back 1/3, the paint can be described as an excellent job. It's been buffed to a mirror-like shine with very few faults seen even when looking very closely. A dueling trim spear setup is seen, nice and shiny, with the front spear starting at the headlight and going halfway through the doors. A second larger spear picks up lower on the door where the front one left off and jets rearward ending at the rear bumper. These also provide the delineation between the Ivory and Turquoise paint scheme. A very nice bumper frames the front where an additional bar protected the perfect egg crate grille in silver. Also, the rear contains the continental kit with an enclosed spare tire. Beautiful brite-work throughout surrounding all glass, lights and badging shown in your grandmother's handwriting. Polished wheel covers are wrapped in wide whites and complete this classic 50's Chevrolet look. This car and its chrome just glisten and appear perpetually wet. DON'T TOUCH!
A dual fan shaped dash with speedo on the left and speaker with badging on the right, complete with round clock below, is bordered by the stamped aluminum trim strip with bowtie cutouts. Turquoise is on top and below in metal. All this is in very good condition. Sitting in front of the dash is a nicely preserved original split back bench which uses the turquoise as bolsters and the ivory as tuck and roll inserts and with seat belts. Noted the seat is power controlled, another rare option for 55. The rear bench is also well preserved. On the door panels a swoop pattern also in the turquoise and ivory frames the interior on either side. The doors show shiny window cranks, and a pristine ivory vinyl armrest sculpted within. The AM/FM retro radio is inserted into the center of the dash and above is a beautiful ivory vinyl headliner with chromed strips to border each panel. This shows off very well with the completely trimmed windows, and a sea of turquoise carpet in good condition below.
Under the hood is more glistening and wet paint looking surfaces including the orange/red block and valve covers and shiny black air cleaner and attachments. A 265ci V8 engine is present and correct, and a single 2-barrel carburetor is sitting on top. Electronic ignition is now bolted on. A nice one! 3 speeds for the manual transmission backing up the engine and 3.70 gears are in the rear axle. Hard to find many errors under this hood.
Underneath we are greeted with show condition restoration which has taken place, so the frame and floor pans are very nicely preserved and are structurally like a rock. The transmission was recently given the once over and has no leaks or drips. Power disc brakes, for the front, and power drums for the rear. Also power steering is optioned on and all suspension is performing flawlessly.
She fires up with barely a turn of the key. On the test track it has great acceleration, smooth and tight steering, bias free panic stopping, and all was working famously.
A totally restored and award-winning car on the national level. Clean undercarriage, and excellent paint, leave us with a great example of a 1955 Bel Air. A turnkey car that is a goer and a shower. So use it for both..
C-2400 Series BelAir
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
079681-Sequential Unit Number
STYLE NO 55 1037D-1955 Bel Air 2 Door Hardtop
BODY NO M8340-Baltimore Body #
TRIM NO 522-Beige & Turquoise
PAINT NO-Not Stamped
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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