1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR
235 CI OHV STRAIGHT-SIX
SHADOW GRAY & CORAL
POWERGLIDE 2-SPD AUTOMATIC
DARK GRAY & CORAL
With a complete redesign and reengineering, Chevrolet made a quantum leap with its all-new 1955 model line. The ’55 Chevys were a tremendous sales success, too, and their popularity has barely waned since then. The 1955 Chevrolet is a milestone of collector, hot rod and drag racing hobbies.
This low-mileage 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Two-Door Sedan retains all its original style and charm. The striking single year color combo of Shadow Gray and Coral always draws favorable attention. This car could easily be refitted with original rolling stock or it could serve as the basis for a great resto mod street rod.
Chevrolet had some very distinctive color combinations in 1955 and the Shadow Gray over Coral found on this ’55 is one of them. This combo is number 627 on the trim tag. It’s a one-year-only option that along with the matching upholstery really captures that mid-Fifties flair. The car was repainted once in the 1990s and rates the condition as a “7 out of 10” with a few swirl marks on the trunk. A blemish between the trunk and the rear window shows in the photos. Minor doorjamb rust is also documented in the photos. All of the glass, seals, and lights condition are in good condition.
POWERTRAIN & CHASSIS
Prior to the advent of the famed small-block V-8, Chevrolets were known for their robust inline six-cylinder engines. These OHV power plants were affectionately known as “Stovebolt Sixes” although Chevrolet called them Blue Flame sixes by the mid-1950s. A 235-cubic inch, 136-horsepower six resides in this car’s engine compartment. The seller believes that the engine is original to this car. A split exhaust manifold and dual mufflers were added for a little power boost along with that classic “twice pipes” Chevy six exhaust note. The car starts easily and idles well with no exhaust smoke. The Powerglide two-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. There are no undercarriage leaks or weeps.
The suspension components are original style in good functional condition. The wheels and tires are street rod influenced. Weld Racing Star Wires (30 spokes) are wrapped in relatively new (about 90% estimated tread depth) Mickey Thompson Sportsman S/T 215/70R15 tires. The car has its original power steering, which steers straight with no play or vagueness. Brakes, shocks and bushings are judged as being in good condition.
Dark Gray pattern cloth and Coral imitation leather bring the exterior color scheme inside. The Coral headliner doesn’t sag and is in good original condition. The overall interior condition is considered good, especially since it’s “over 66 years old.” The heater, gauges, and accessories are in good working order. The original radio and clock are present, but inoperable. The carpet has been replaced. The 15-inch steering wheel is an aftermarket item from Speedway Automotive.
DOCUMENTATION & TAGS
This 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Two-Door Sedan has an enduring style that has appealed to collectors for over 66 years now.