Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
For consignment, a first year example of the beginnings of the Tri-Five era, a 55 Bel Air. Named after the California seaside town which conjures up images of movie stars, seaside mansions and lazy summer days. Our 55 Tri-Five for consignment is 5 years in the making keeping some of the original charm, and some extra add ons for performance enhancements, an entire new wiring system, and comfort upgrades. Read on, boppers.
Please note: the VIN on this car is not a 1955 Chevrolet VIN as the body series designator is not present in the sequence. It does have a title*
Starting up front with its simple egg crate grille with shiny mirror like bumper on bottom, and single chrome bezel headlight on either side with an oval turn signal below, the beginnings remain simple on the embellishment front. Deep red covers the front around this chrome, the hood, front quarters, doors and lower half of the rear quarter. This paint is very deep but does show a few runs and inclusions. A chrome trim spear mid-section of the front quarter runs rearward through the door, where it comes to an abrupt halt. With its starting point on the total surround of the passenger compartment, a chrome trim piece works its way past the door sills, then heads downward towards the mid rear quarter, where it is met with another mid spear which takes us to the back of the car. This spear combo is the delineation between the red and white toned paint which covers the roof, and trunk deck as well as the back of this car. Like the red, the white shows with a few inclusions, cracks and evidence of body filler. A side view will give you a hint of the design that created the craze with these car's introductions, showing curved front and rear glass, all surrounded by chrome trimmings. On back, are simple lamplighter style taillights, a large red reflector badge, and another beautiful bumper with dual pipes hedging a look out of the bottom of this beautiful creation. On all corners are shiny 15 inch polished Torque Thrust wheels wrapped in 205/70R15's in front and 225/70R15's on the back.
Moving inside starting with the door panels, and let's just say the hits just keep on coming!! Using black leather along with some white stitching then mixing together with more swoopy embroidery, the door panels emulate the exterior design and are nearly new. Slipping on to the late model power leather high back wide buckets which replace the original bench, also in black with white stitching and an upper white inlay are looking and feeling nicely comfortable. A rear bench presenting in the same fashion is in back and there is plenty of romper room back there. Fronting this is a dual fan dash with the gauge cluster on the driver's side, and a blacked out round below on the passenger's side fan. This dash has been finished in black leather on top and sports a bow tie stamped pattern strip of shiny aluminum running from door to door. AutoMeter gauges with white faces fit into the fan in front of the driver. Reflecting in this dash is a Grant wood rimmed 3 spoke rally steering wheel and an aftermarket tachometer hangs from the tilt column on the driver's left, and to the driver's right on the dash is the controller for the new Vintage AC & heat system. A newer digital Chevrolet badged bowtie radio is now installed. Top dead center of the dash has a GPS mounted and a fabricated console races between the seats. Filling this console is the floor shifter, power seat controls, USB ports, and a satellite radio receiver. New black carpet covers the floors, and a new gray headliner hangs above. Sound deadener has been added throughout the interior and new kick panels with speakers are also on. A shout out to the refinished trunk with its lightly stained carpet and vinyl side panels all in gray.
Replacing the original engine is a consignor stated 350ci V8 crate engine. This is topped with an Edelbrock intake and single 4-barrel carburetor. This is dressed to the nines with a chrome air cleaner lid and valve coverings. On the back is a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission with transmission cooler. Connecting the transmission to the 4.11 geared rear axle is a new driveshaft with new U-joints. An aluminum radiator is on to keep things extra cool. A very nicely presenting power plant if I must say so myself!
Noticing several repairs for invasive rust on the back of this car's underside, particularly on the rear roll panel below the rear bumper. Fiberglass has been patched in and some surface rust is still seen. Otherwise, all is solid with the frame, floor pans and body hangers, on which are some repairs as well as some chipping off of the finish. Both rocker panels have been replaced and are now crudely fabricated from light gauge sheet metal. Power disc brakes upfront and power drums, with new brakes, are on back and independent
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