1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
The 1955-1957 year range represented a lot of effort by GM. They spent a million dollars in 1956 alone because they wanted to make the Bel Air look like the more expensive Cadillacs. The result was extravagant body lines, Cadillac-inspired bumper guards, and tail fins. A brand new body style for 1955 especially for Bel Air models. This is thanks to the popular V8 introduced in the prior year.
For consignment, the debut car in the Tri Five craze, the 1955 Bel Air. A best in show for its paint quality which with the Tropical Turquoise and India Ivory two tone you cannot go wrong. Welcome to 1955 where we will park the way back machine for this description Peabody. (Bullwinkle that trick never works!)
A superior India Ivory paint covers the upper roof and rear of this car. It is delineated by a trim spear where we see Tropical Turquoise below, on the hood and front quarters. Panels are straight, and gaps are dead on. The jet age hood ornament is flying above the simplest of the grilles for the tri five Bel Airs. It takes the shape of a squared off oval if you will and uses a chromed egg crate inside panel. Chrome bumpers are good, and the trim is shiny with no dimpling or rust. The Bel Air badging and Chevrolet script in your grandmother's handwriting is good. 15-inch chromed caps are wrapped in wide whites and are seen on all 4 corners. A shout to the rear brake lights with the nifty round ball in the center of the “flame shape” taillight with a small square backup light below all within a lamplighter styled bezel on each rear quarter upper corner. A great job right down to the perfect cloisonné badges all over this car.
Looking like the original but totally redone and like new. The door panels sport turquoise upper stitched vinyl housing the door actuator, and window crank. A white vinyl mid-section has the armrest which has a trim spear shape conforming to the upper swoop spear turquoise panel. Also, this floats in a field of horizontal ribbed stitched white vinyl and a turquoise panel just above the bottom of each door. Looking toward the front bench, the nifty fifty design abounds with a parchment light and dark bamboo pattern broadcloth for the inserts, and turquoise vinyl is seen on the bolsters, tubs and uppers. In the center of the split front bench the turquoise forms a lazy V pattern for extra interest. Seatbelts are seen at every passenger position front and rear bench. Turquoise clean carpet covers the floors throughout. Hanging above is the dual fan shaped dash front and a wonderful horizontal ribbed chrome middle with punched bowtie pattern and more turquoise metal below. Bezels and knobs are pristine. In the middle we see a vintage replacement AM/radio which has a cable for hook up to it in the glovebox. Otherwise, this interior and dash are simply…elegant. Call me a sucker for this only year dual fan dash, I'm proud to be one!
A raise of the hood, and there is a newer 327ci V8 under there. It is topped by a 4-barrel carb, and a TH350 3-speed automatic is backing up the 327 cubes and throwing power to a 3.55 rear axle. Just another beautiful presentation with its orange/red block, chromed valve covers, cast intake and corrosion free bolt ons and master cylinder. And I need to mention a new battery!
Not a hint of surface rust is seen anywhere. All freshly painted black framing and floor pans with new fuel tank. Body hangers and framing is all rust free and more black paint. Dual Flowmaster mufflers handle the handoff from stainless steel headers. Power disc brakes for the front, and power drums for the back, and it is looking great underneath, just like the topside.
The car runs smooth and quiet, accelerates nicely and shifts smoothly automatically. It has a nice cruising altitude if you will, and an overall comfortable seating and ride. The backup lights have been added to work from a switch under the dash. The steering was tight and braking bias free. The odometer was not turning, and the clock did not work.
Here we have a turnkey restoration with a larger power plant, more carburetor and beautiful attention to detail for the inside and out restoration. Welcome to the Chevrolet Dealership in 1955. Ok Sherman let's go back to 2022!
C-2400 Series BelAir
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
123216-Sequential Unit Number
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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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