The true measure of a great design is whether it ages well. In the case of this 1955 Chevy Bel Air, the answer is unquestionably that it is one of the greatest automotive designs of all time. Beautifully restored with a few subtle upgrades, this shoebox Chevy is a high-quality piece that is equally at home on the show field or the highway.
Finished in India Ivory over Burgundy, theres no mistaking a 1955 Chevy for anything else. The design was game-changing when it was new, and even today it remains a benchmark for all car guys. Sooner or later, we all want to own a Tri-Five Chevy, dont we? The classic lines and restrained use of chrome and brightwork make it difficult to improve on the original, so the builder of this 2-door coupe wisely chose to simply restore it to an extremely high standard. Paint and bodywork are quite good, with a finish thats just a light cut-and-buff away from being a show-contender. Gaps are good all around, and the entire car fits together in a way that modern cars just cant seem to duplicate-pull the door closed and youll know what Im talking about. The chrome has been professionally restored or replaced with exact reproductions, and the car proudly wears its trim like jewelry. Even the red, white, and blue Chevy emblem on the nose is a wonderful piece that offers crisp details and bright colors.
Inside, this slick coupe got a nice upgrade in the form of cloth upholstery on the original seats, stitched into very 1950s-looking patterns. Matching door panels and color-matched carpets that are almost exactly the same color complete a very tasteful passenger compartment thats easy to love. The original gauges have been joined by a set of modern dials that monitor all the vitals, plus a column-mounted tachometer framed by a wood Grant GT steering wheel. An AM/FM/cassette stereo head unit has been fitted into the original radios location with speakers throughout the passenger compartment. Theres also A/C, a B&M shifter on the transmission tunnel, and a new tilt column, all of which make it easy to get comfortable for long hauls, and plenty of room in the trunk for all your gear plus a brand-new full-sized spare tire.
Power comes from a great-running 350 hooked to a 700R4 automatic transmission. And while theres nothing more traditional than a small block Chevy in a 1955 Bel Air, the many upgrades under the hood make this car safer and more reliable than any stock 55 ever was. From the dual circuit disc brakes to the alternator to the big electric cooling fan out front, this is a car that can be driven daily, and taken on cross-country trips at the drop of a hat. It also looks great, with Chevy Orange engine enamel and lots of chrome dress-up. Underneath, its clean and tidy, but not so over-detailed that youre afraid to drive it, and youll never get tired of the long-tube headers and Flowmaster soundtrack. Air shocks adjust the attitude out back and it rolls on classic Torque Thrust wheels with 235/75/15 blackwall radials for a super traditional look.
No, its not radical, but theres no question this 1955 Bel Air is timeless. Put it in your garage and I guarantee youll never run out of reasons to take it for a spin. Call today!