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Lot 78
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

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CHASSIS NO: VCSSB1850327

• Highly optioned car with 35 factory accessories
• Scored 997/1000 points at the National Classic Chevy Show
• Professional body-off restoration


265 cid OHV V-8 engine, 180 HP, three-speed manual transmission with column mounted shifter, independent front with rear semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 115”


As Chevrolet moved into 1955, they did so with a redefinition of the American automobile. Longer and lower cars complete with a hint of the jet age gave the all-new Chevrolet a crisp and clean look. Chevrolet offered the 1955 models in three series with the 150, the 210, and the top-of-the-line Bel Air, but the big news was the all-new overhead valve V-8 engine. The stunning good looks, V-8 engine, and a dazzling array of color options helped put 1,776,652 Chevrolets on the road for 1955, making Chevrolet America’s number one car builder for the year.

Offered here is a beautiful example of this iconic car with this 1955 top-of-the-line Bel Air convertible finished in Gypsy Red. This is a highly optioned car with power seats, power convertible top, power windows, and a host of other factory accessories. This Bel Air underwent a complete body-off restoration that returned it to factory new condition and scored 997 out of 1,000 points at the National Classic Chevy Show. Everything about Chevrolet’s beautiful design for 1955 comes alive in this car from its cleanly styled front end with optional front bumper struts to its continental spare tire at the rear. Clean and simple trim spears accent the sides and optional simulated wire wheel covers add a touch of class. The interior is finished in a striking two-tone color scheme and was perfectly restored to factory specs. Chevrolet’s design of the interior was just as nice as the exterior with a clean and uncluttered dashboard that features an artistically designed gauge pod that houses the speedometer, temperature gauge and fuel indicator, as well as oil and generator lights. This Bel Air is also equipped with a factory radio and sports an incredibly rare three-speed manual transmission with a column mounted shifter. Other options include a tissue dispenser, dashboard mounted traffic light viewer, and embroidered floor mats. Power for this Bel Air comes from a 265 cubic-inch V-8 with 180 horsepower. The engine compartment is fully detailed with correct colors, wiring, and hose clamps and the attention to detail in this Bel Air’s restoration is even found underneath with a chassis that is correctly finished and is as clean as the exterior. For a top-of-the-line Chevrolet from 1955, this Bel Air is a desirably optioned car that certainly displays as one of the very best.

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