The ’55 Chevy was the first successful Chevrolet with an optional V8 engine. Chevrolet had produced an earlier car with a V8 in 1918 (Chevrolet Series D), which used a 36-horsepower and 288-cubic-inch V8, but it remained in production for only a year. In 1955, Chevrolet decided to fit its new car with an overhead valve V8 engine design, which was similar to the 1949 Oldsmobile “Rocket 88” V8 engine. The new 265-cubic-inch overhead valve V8 was designed to be smaller, lighter, and more powerful than previous V8s in the auto industry. Additionally, Chevrolet drastically changed its body design. It had smooth straight panels on the sides and hood, wrap-around glass on the windshield, and triangular tail lights that jutted outward. And this new look, combined with new power and engineering, made the ’55 an instant hit with the buying public and a critical success. The 1955 Chevrolet also offered many other firsts for Chevrolet, including changing from a 6-volt to a 12-volt electrical system. The ’55 offered new options like air conditioning, power windows, power seats, power steering and power brakes. Other options included automatic light dimmers, door handle protectors, bumper protectors and “wonder-bar” radios. So many new options were available that some referred to the car as “Chevy’s little Cadillac.” Never before had so many options been offered for a car in the low-price field.
This beautiful ’55 is the subject of an extensive restoration that was completed in 2009. It was purchased by the most recent owner in 2013 and has seen only 2,400 miles of asphalt since completion. It is offered in the stunning Gypsy Rose and Ivory Color combination and is a real head turner. Features and options include; 350 V8(325hp), 700r4 Transmission, 3:55 Rear End, Power Steering & Brakes, Vintage A/C, Serpentine Belt system, Griffin Aluminum Radiator, Dual Edelbrock Carbs, Optima Red Top Battery, Chrome Bumpers & Grill, Dual Exhaust, Tire Tools, Full Spare, and 17″ Billet Wheels! This is one classics that won’t disappoint and is not one you want to let slip away!