The Bel Air underwent quite a transition when the '55s came out. The already respected yet more sedentary-looking version from just a year before was streamlined considerably, while losing none of its appealing "shoe box" beefiness in the process. The absence of a rear pillar gives the car a unique look while directing focus to the cabin area, with its sloping rear roofline leading to a wraparound rear windshield. Up front, the signature hood ornament looks great and stands alone over a Corvette front grille piece and the beefy front bumper, while in back all ornamentation save for the trunk lock has been removed, adding even more uniqueness to this iconic sedan. Its Gypsy red paint complements the Bel Air's form nicely and the clean condition of the surrounding chrome trim - one of the styling elements that separated the Bel Air from Chevy's other sedan offerings at the time - adds a finished appearance.
The black and white interior provides just the vintage feel you'd want from a classic like this. The plush bucket and rear bench seats, along with the steering wheel, come from another member of boulevard royalty, the Impala, and look great in this setting, bracketed by door panels with a matching pattern and sitting over an expanse of new carpeting. An arm rest comes down from between the buckets to offer a convenient place to rest an elbow while just in front, a SunPro tach - along with a trio of other aftermarket gauges - stands by to keep tabs on vital motoring functions. Look around the interior of the cabin, and you'll notice right away how the array of chrome molding on display adds to the overall look as it stands out against the clean white headliner above. Chevy sedans of this era featured dash areas with intricate chrome trim spanning the entire width, and the one here is a great example, with dual fan shapes housing very clear factory gauges and a well-restored Bel Air script emblem, while an AM/FM cassette sits at the center. The trunk area in back is roomy and well detailed, with the relocated battery sitting securely in a billet container alongside a full-size spare.
There's a lot to like under the hood. A 350 cubic inch crate engine sits at the center of the compartment, armed with an Edelbrock Air Gap intake manifold, a 4-barrel carb and a Comp cam for power, and a chrome air cleaner and matching valve covers to enhance its looks. The V8 has only logged about 10,000 miles since its rebuild, so it's in its prime, and it fires right up, runs smooth and sounds very healthy. A nicely sized radiator sits up front, joined by an electric fan to keep temperatures in check. The 3-speed automatic TH350 transmission sitting just behind it has been enhanced by a B&M shift kit to make the most out of every rev, joining a 3.36 rear end to round out a drivetrain suited for both off the line acceleration and comfortable highway cruising. With all new bushings underneath, as well as some other recently replaced suspension components, the ride is very comfortable on its 15" American Racing wheels, wrapped with Cooper Cobra Radial GT tires.
A tastefully executed customized exterior pairs with a strong-running, versatile drivetrain to make this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air a must-see. Call today!
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