Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Honestly, can you really do better than a beautifully restored 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible? You can't beat the look, the first-year small block Chevy V8 offers plenty of performance, the quick-shifting 4-speed offers plenty of thrills, and there are a lot fewer of these around than you'd expect so you'll always be the center of attention at the car show. If you like the '50s, there are few cars more iconic than this.
The car's eye-catching color combination is Neptune Green and Seamist Green, correct shades for '55 that look amazing today. The car was fully restored using as many OEM and NOS parts as possible and since then it's been used only sparingly, only 243 miles on the clock to be exact. Finish quality is extremely good, probably better than new, and thanks to hours and hours spent blocking, sanding, and aligning the sheetmetal, it looks ready to show. This was definitely not some home restoration project, but rather an expensive undertaking using professional shops, and it shows in the brilliant final finish. The surface is glossy and smooth, and despite being driven enough to work out all the bugs, the car looks amazingly fresh. The chrome and stainless trim was all replaced or restored when the car was reassembled, and things like the door handles and fender spears are what they're supposed to be to keep it looking authentic. It also wears an accessory continental kit, which makes it look far more upscale than a mere Chevrolet. This is a seriously nice car.
The two tone green interior was also restored to match and like the exterior, the workmanship is impressive. Correct seat covers, reproduction door panels, new carpets, and just about everything else remains in first-class condition. The beautifully restored steering wheel highlights a very correct interior, and details like the bright metal instrument panel and clear gauge cluster make it a delight to sit in the driver's seat. An accessory tissue dispenser lives under the dash and the original slot is now filled with a retro-style AM/FM/Cassette radio to keep the stock look. Most imposing of all is the 4-speed shifter that juts out from the floor board and almost taunts the driver to spin the tires on this elegant Tri-5. There's a white power convertible top overhead and it stows beneath a matching green boot to give the car a clean look, top up or top down. The trunk was also nicely detailed with a correct rubber mat and correct jack assembly, although you'll note there's no spare because it's in the continental kit, as intended.
Nice to see a 1955 dated 265 cubic inch V8 under the hood (pulled from a C1 Corvette), detailed to a high standard that will make anyone eager to pop the hood in a parking lot for some show-and-tell. A 4-barrel carburetor and painted intake manifold are surely responsible for a nice bounce in performance and the orange block, black inner fenders, and clean firewall makes the engine bay sparkle at car shows. An original-style generator and oil bath air cleaner add to the authentic look, and rams-horn headers feed a great-sounding dual exhaust system with chambered mufflers for a 1950s sound. A 4-speed manual transmission means that this car is always ready to go and have some fun and the suspension and brakes are pretty stock, so service is easy and it rides and handles with a vintage feel that's a big part of the experience. Painted steel wheels with beautiful factory hubcaps are wearing 205/75/15 wide whitewall radials that ride and handle great.
This is a very high-quality 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that's in exactly the right condition to drive and enjoy, and perhaps even relive your youth a little bit. Call today!
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