1955 Chevy Bel Air 2 Door Sedan – “New” simply wasn’t a big enough word for Chevrolet’s milestone 1955 model. An improved chassis topped by sensational styling would have been enough to make history, but Ed Cole’s engineers just had to stir things up further. They introduced one of the low-priced field’s first overhead-valve V-8s, the vaunted “small-block,” an engine still kicking up dust 55 years later, though basically in name alone. At 265 cubic inches, Chevy’s ground-breaking V-8 not only gave the passenger-car line new life, it also helped saved the two-seat Corvette’s bacon. Available for all models – the base 150, mid-line 210, top-shelf Bel Air or the flashy Nomad wagon – the 265 V-8 produced 162 horsepower in standard form, and 180 horses with the optional Power Pack consisting of a four-barrel carburetor and dual exhausts. Displacing 235 cubic inches, Chevrolet’s reliable “Stovebolt” six remained the standard power source in 1955 and was rated at 123 horsepower for manual transmission applications, and 136 horses when mated to the optional Powerglide automatic.
This immaculate Crystal Claret & Silver Pearl Bel Air is the was custom built by a tool and equipment company to showcase their products’ potential. So, the paint and body are extremely nice… to say the least. As seen in the photos this was a frame off build and even the bottom of the floors match the rest of the exterior. Unlike the trailer queens advertised at higher price points, this ’55 Chevy is actually driven and has been on the road just over 5k miles since its completion in 2015. A short life on the streets has resulted in 5-10 very, very small rock chips on the front end but otherwise the paint is almost flawless. During the build the rear seat was extended to make a far more comfortable space than found on other Bel Airs. A complete list of features and options includes; 350 V8, Edelbrock Carb, Electric Fan, Auto w/OD, Rack & Pinion Power Steering, Wilwood 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 2″ Drop, Dual Exhaust, Chrome Bumpers & Mirrors, Saddle & Tan Leather Bucket Seats, Vintage A/C, Power Windows & Locks, Keyless Entry, Chrome & Leather Steering Wheel, Center Console Storage, Cloth Floormats, Tilt Steering, Tinted Glass, 17″ Boyd Coddington Wheels, and thick Goodyear All Season 225/55 R17 Tires! If you are looking for a ’55 Bel Air that is ready to both show and go, you will have a hard time finding one nicer.