Chevrolet emphatically re-set its market position in 1955 with re-designed bodies that have become one of the most avidly sought, widely collected and admired automobiles in the world. While the '55 Chevrolet's body design is memorable for its excellent proportions and subtle chrome embellishment, it was under the hood that the real appeal of the '55 Chevy resided: a lightweight 265 cubic inch overhead valve V-8 that was the beginning of the Chevy smallblock legend.
This 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible has received an excellent restoration to showroom condition. Finished in the attractive -- and typically Fifties -- color combination of coral and grey with matching upholstery, top boot cover and a white vinyl top.
Power is supplied by the 162 horsepower version of the new smallblock V-8 with Powerglide automatic transmission, power brakes, radio, dual outside mirrors, wheel covers, bias ply whitewall tires, rear fender skirts and bumper guards. The restoration left nothing on the car unaddressed. Body fits are excellent, as is the paint, chrome and stainless trim. The engine compartment is fully and accurately restored with factory-type markings, labels and decals.
As part of a larger collection this '55 Bel Air convertible will be an eloquent representative of the so-called Tri-Five Chevrolets which transformed Chevrolet's prior staid image. But it may be even better for a small collection or as the starter vehicle for a new collector where it will be used and displayed with deserved pride.