1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Chassis no. VC55B112567
265ci OHV V8 Engine
Single Rochester Carburetor
162bhp at 4,400rpm
2-Speed Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*Top of the line, well-optioned Bel Air
*Restored to a very high standard
*Power Pack V8 engine
*Exquisite 1950s style
*The car that defined an era
The Chevrolet Bel Air
"Harley Earl and company attended to Chevrolet's first post-war restyle after all other General Motors cars except Pontiac, so these two makes used pre-war 'shells through 1948. But when change came it was dramatic - the '49 Chevys were some of the best looking GM products ever, and were precision built as well" - Collectible Cars, Richard M Langworth.
Originally applied to a two-door hardtop coupe version of the Styleline Deluxe, the evocative Bel Air name was subsequently used to signify a top-of-the-range luxury trim level rather than a separate and distinct body style. Introduced in 1950, the second generation Bel Air, so named the 'Tri-Year' for its iterations in 1955, '56, and '57, would go on to define not just Chevrolet but the era of 1950s American motoring. Divesting itself of any vestiges of pre-WWII design, the all-new 1955 Bel Air, called the "Hot One" in GM's advertising, was a crisp, cleanly designed full size model with an egg-crate grill inspired by the likes of Ferrari. Under the hood was the all-new 265ci V8 that was transforming Chevy's model range and cementing legends like the V8 Corvette.
With its powerful optional Power Pack V8, the big coupe could scoot from a standstill to a mile a minute in 12.9 seconds, while still providing such creature comforts as power windows and power steering. Redesigned slightly for '56 and more famously for '57, the Tri-Year Bel Airs have lived on as enduring symbols of Americana in pop culture, as few other cars have.
The Motorcar Offered
Built in GM's Baltimore factory, this Bel Air is certainly one of the nicest examples around. One of the 41,292 Bel Air Convertibles built, few were equipped with the impressive number of options this car features. The first owner clearly enjoyed power and comfort as the boxes for the Power Pack V8, power steering, windows, and brakes, factory wire wheels, Powerglide automatic transmission, and rear fender skirts were all ticked.
Restored to a very high standard, it still wears its original color scheme of two-tone Shoreline Beige and Gypsy Red with a Tan Parchment Stay-Fast top enclosing a Beige and Red vinyl interior. The restoration, now over half a decade old, still shows very well inside and outthe engine is as nicely detailed as the chrome and interior.
While it may not be as fast as Bob Falfa's Onyx Black '55 Coupe from American Graffiti, it is certainly tops in style, comfort, and panache. Drop the top, hit the blacktop and go for a cruise!