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1955 Chevrolet

Bel Air

Offered At

$47,500

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Stock
3293
Engine Size
350 V8
Transmission Type
3 Speed Automatic
Vin
VC55S049594
Miles
16,306
Drivetrain
RWD

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

When the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air arrived, Chevrolet enjoyed an all-new image practically overnight. Rather than a car driven mainly by dads and aunts, the sensationally redesigned "Motoramic" models quickly gained a reputation as "The Hot Ones." In this landmark year, Chevy finally had a bold response to Ford in the performance battle: a lively 265 cubic inch V-8 that would nurture a whole generation of muscular engines. Better yet, that V-8 was slipped into a fresh, contemporary body sporting a rakish beltline dip and a Ferrari-inspired grille. Chief engineer Edward N. Cole earned credit for Chevrolet's first V-8 in 35 years. Simple in construction and economical to build, the 265 cubic inch Turbo-Fire was a model of efficiency.

For consignment, the first year of the Tri-Five craze coming to life in our South Hall (subject to change!) of the Classic Auto Mall. Undergoing a motor change to a 350 Chevrolet crate engine, added on A/C, power steering, a snazzy velour interior, air shocks, a very nice paint job, and a multiple trophy winner!

Exterior
Starting up front with its simple egg crate grille with shiny mirror like bumper on bottom, and single chrome bezel headlight on either side with an oval turn signal below, the beginnings remain simple on the embellishment front. Screaming 1950's blue turquoise covers the entire car. This paint is very deep, and one can become mesmerized with its quality. A chrome trim spear mid-section of the front quarter runs rearward through the door, where it comes to an abrupt halt. With its starting point on the total surround of the passenger compartment, a chrome trim piece works its way past the door sills, then heads downward towards the mid rear quarter, where it is met with another mid spear which takes us to the back of the car. This part is bathed also in the blue turquoise. This spear combo is the delineation between the upper and lower panels and lines of this beautiful design. A side view will give you a hint of the design that created the craze with these car's introductions, showing curved front and rear glass, all surrounded by chrome trimmings. On back, are simple lamplighter style taillights, a large cloisonné badge, and another beautiful bumper with dual pipes hedging a look out of the bottom of this beautiful creation. Even the fuel filler door is trimmed. On all corners are American Racing Outlaw 2 shiny wheels wrapped by 215/75R15's with raised white letters.

Interior
Moving inside starting with the door panels, and let's just say the hits just keep on coming!! Using white stitched velour and blue velour we can see the original factory pattern replicated in these doors. The armrest has been molded into the design and shiny cranks pepper these doors. Slipping on to the 50's styled bench which has a split back it has velour covering all around, some tuck and roll for the seat and nice wide piping showing the various panels of these seats. A rear bench presenting in the same fashion is in back and there is plenty of romper room back there. Fronting this is a dual fan dash with the gauge cluster on the driver's side, and badged speaker and round clock below on the passenger's side. This dash has been completely restored to original and uses turquoise sprayed metal with a nifty shiny band of punched pattern bow tie logos running through the center. More turquoise below and shiny knobs, ignition and temp sliders are seen here. Below is a thick pile, clean blue carpet which is pristine, and it is flooding all the floors. A B&M shifter is installed along with Vintage Air. In front of the dash is a LeCarra rally steering wheel covered in white leather. Above is a tight white velour headliner complete with chromed ribbing between the ceiling panels. Also, a big shout out to the trunk, which is not to be outdone by the customized interior, it sports black rubber covering straight as arrows panels, and an original wheel wrapped by the spare tire.

Drivetrain
Within the restored engine bay is a GM 350ci crate engine that consigner states has less than 4000 miles on it. All surfaces have been restored and are simply eye-catching. In fact, it's hard to look away! Pristine bolt on parts abound under this hood, and all is looking quite like new in the showroom finishes. A 4-barrel carburetor is on top, and on back is a 3-speed TH350 automatic transmission which throws power back to a 3.36 rear axle.

Undercarriage
Let's stick to the theme of stunner underneath, with no rust solid frame, body hangers, and floor pans. Throw in some pristine dual exhaust, a new fuel tank, and a drip free bottom end of the engine, and we are in show car heaven. Independent coil springs and leaf springs make up the front and rear suspension, and power drum brakes are on all 4 corners. A like new Quietflow exhaust is also seen working its way from the mill to the back of the car.

Drive-Ability
A turn of the keyed ignition and all 8 are fired up and ready for the test track. This car is a screamer with plenty of power, good braking, excellent handling, and a smooth cruise. All the controls were working like a charm. I'm ready for my drive-in experience. Throw 6 people in the trunk and let's get through the gate and pop open the case of beer we brought too. I found the horn did not work, and the A/C blew warm.

We have several examples of the tri five cars here at Classic Auto Mall, and this one certainly should be on your must see list, if indeed you fancy these bow tie years. Well done on every aspect, a visual piece of eye candy, and mechanically a turn key car ready to go and show. Talk about attracting attention, and it will not even have to leave your driveway. All 1955 paint colors, and plenty of added trimmings, it could also rest in the center of your holiday table. It is that juicy! (but you'd better have that approved by your other half first…)

VIN DECODE
VC55S049594
V-V8
C-2400 Series
55-1955
S-St. Louis, MO Assy Plant
049594-Sequential Unit Number

TRIM TAG
STYLE NO 55 1037D-1955 BelAir 2 Door Hardtop
BODY NO S18548-St. Louis Body #
TRIM NO 521-Red & Beige Cloth & Vinyl
PAINT NO 615-Gypsy Red, Shoreline Beige
EZI-Tinted Glass

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.