1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

Volo, IL

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Volo, IL



Year 1955
Mileage --
Engine 100
Doors --
Transmission --
Make Chevrolet
Model Bel Air

Bel Air 1955

Title Status --
Exterior Color Gypsy Red-Shoreline
Interior Color Red & Beige


Only 1,455 miles since a total body off frame rotisserie restoration. Restored to factory specs with some upgrades very neatly installed. To make it more driver friendly it now has new a/c system, power steering, power brakes with 4 wheel disc, an alternator instead of a generator, radial white walls and more. This was a California built, real Bel Air hardtop. It lived most of it's life in Calif/Arizona. We have a thick pile of receipts documenting the restoration.

EXTERIOR: Of all the 55 Chevys that I have seen, this is one of the best for fit and finish. I am especially impressed with the precise body gaps, the lower corners of the trunk lid and front cornersof the hood fit better then any I've seen. Every square inch is laser straight. The paint is literally polished like glass. I'm walking around it looking at a red and white mirror. These are signature colors for a 55 Bel Air- code 615S Gypsy red, Shoreline Beige. Extra paint is included. I have not found any sort of flaw, crack or bubble. Every single piece of chrome and stainless molding has either been replaced or professionally restored. It has correct antenna, optional dual mirrors, door handle guards and California one piece bumpers. All of the glass has been replaced. Repainted red rims with radial white wall tires and $500 worth of reproduction hubcaps. The jambs are detailed, new latches and weatherstrips.

INTERIOR: It is restored better than new from the carpet to the headliner. I say better than new because of some nice upgrades including seat belts, a retro stereo that fits right in the factory hole, quartz movement in the clock, new wiring front to back with an updated fuse block and push in fuses. It was also given a new tilt column with a reproduction steering wheel that is actually a little smaller then the original. It also has Vintage Air system that uses controls and vents that look original. It was completely gutted and lined with $390 in sound deadener. The headliner has original chrome ribs, new headliner and visors. The seats have been rebuilt, new cushions so they're nice and firm with no wrinkles in the new reproduction upholstery. The door panels are all new reproduction. The dash is restored beautifully. All the metal is painted like red glass. All the trim, knobs, lenses, gauges, ignition switch are new. Down on the floor is new red carpet with reproduction mats. Everything was replaced- headlight dimmer, mirror, handles and cranks etc.

ENGINE COMPARTMENT: Wow they did such an incredible job restoring this motor compartment. Every single component down to the brackets look brand new. The correct 265 V-8 was completely rebuilt. It has a correct restored 2 barrel carburetor with glass bowl filter. It has correct manifolds, air cleaner and Chevrolet script valve covers. The distributor, coil and wires were replaced with new. It was upgraded from a generator to a more efficient alternator. The power brake system is also an upgraded with a dual reservoir master cylinder. New electric wiper motor assembly assembly. It has a correct reproduction tar top battery. All the metal surfaces are smooth with meticulous paint.

TRUNK COMPARTMENT: Spotlessly clean metal painted just as smooth and glossy as the outside. The spare rim is repainted and has a reproduction whitewall tire that's never been used. The jack assembly is restored to look new. New trunk latch, weatherstrip, seat divider, reproduction mat and decal.

UNDERSIDE: The body was off the frame and flipped on a rotisserie. The bottom side is all clean metal that was correctly repainted red oxide primer. The chassis was completely taken apart and restored. The frame, control arms, springs and rear axle housing were powder coated. The entire suspension and steering systems were rebuilt. New leaf springs. The brake system is all new and upgraded to 4 wheel disc. New brake lines, hoses and e-brake assembly. New fuel tank, straps, lines and sending unit. New dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers with correct tips. Looking up at the motor it is spotless, starter looks new. The original date coded Powerglide automatic was rebuilt. The original rear end was rebuilt and repainted proper colors. The body was reunited with the chassis using new bushings.

Truly one of the best I have seen and I've seen a lot of 55s! The fit and finishes throughout are impressive. I appreciate how they retained it's vintage charm while carefully upgrading it to be a safer, more comfortable car to drive. Restoration finished in 2009 and still looks like it was done yesterday, that's the sign of a quality job.

I, Jay Grams, take pride in personally writing the descriptions for virtually every car for about the last 30 years now. A significant amount of effort goes into fact checking. What I am offering is my professional impression of the vehicle.

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