Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth , Texas
If you were to close your eyes and picture the ideal mid-'50s cruiser, the result would almost certainly mirror this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop. Awesome curb appeal combines with its strong running condition to make this a classic that would be equally at home on the boulevard or as a formidable competitor on the local car show circuit.
The two-tone yellow and white paint job looks like it was made for this beauty and replaces the more sedate beige/blue combination it started off with. It's a great look that's been very well-applied and, as you take a lap around the car, the uniformity of the color underneath a very nice clearcoat certainly leaves a great impression. Chevys of this era were configured with lavish displays of chrome as a veritable badge of honor, and that badge is proudly displayed via the very clean and prominent front and back bumpers and long stretches of chrome trim running along the sides and around the window areas of this stylish cruiser. Step back around to the side and follow that trim as it transitions from front fender to door to quarter panel, then see how the curvature of each of the panels blends with the next and you can appreciate just how strong the alignment is. The attention to detail is evident, as the Chevy emblems in both front and back sit solidly and look particularly vibrant, and there's clear glass on all four sides. It's a very finished looking car.
The black leather interior is equally impressive. The split bench seat in front and bench seat in back have a completely era-appropriate look, while offering a sense of luxury that wasn't on the menu when this Bel Air rolled off the line. A stock Chevy steering wheel sits on a polished chrome Ididit tilt column that will allow you to find that perfect driving position, and when you look just beyond it, you'll see a very impressive dash area that's ornamented by the expanse of original chrome trim running its entire width and looking clean. The dash retains its great stock look, but features updated technology in the form of digital gauges that fit perfectly in the instrument cluster. An freshly installed underdash air conditioning system has been added, and it's in good form to keep you and your crew comfortable when you embark on your adventures. There's plenty of luggage room in the trunk area, even with the full-size spare sitting in its intended vertical position, so no need to ask your passengers to pack lightly when you hit the road.
A very fresh 350 cubic inch V8 sits under the hood and it's running nice and strong. Carrying a 4-barrel carb on top, it's sporting fresh seals and gaskets and sounds great as it exhales into its aftermarket headers. It's combined with a 4-speed automatic 700r4 transmission to make for a very streetable drivetrain that offers good off the line acceleration, as well as the convenience of an overdrive gear for engine-sparing, low RPMs at highway speeds. The powerplant sits in a well-appointed and spacious engine bay that also features braided fuel lines and a chrome alternator. With both power steering and power front disc brakes on board, this is a classic well-suited to frequent driving, should you so choose. This great looking vintage Chevy sits on a set of 17" Foose rims, outfitted with Goodyear Eagle tires.
If off the charts curb appeal and great drivability are what you're looking for, you should really check out this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. Call today!
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