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For Sale: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air in Charlotte, North Carolina


Vehicle Description

Over the past few years, many of the world's finest tri-fives have graced our RK Motors Charlotte showroom. According to sales, '55-'57 pro-tourers are often considered our best offerings. And it's easy to see why when something like this incredible Bel Air, a car that backs smooth Chevrolet Performance power with a choice Art Morrison chassis and custom leather upholstery, gets busy casting bright glares in our sedate photo booth. Searching for a sizzling custom that mixes proven mechanicals with timeless appeal and great aesthetics? Congratulations, you've found your next classic!


Sealed in a superb combination of Hugger Orange and Cool Vanilla 2-stage, this slick Bel Air is the beneficiary of a detailed, ground-up restoration that's both clean and precise. Naturally, the enthusiasts who massaged this post's enticing profile paid plenty of attention to the fundamentals, but their primary focus was creating the most perfect surfacing possible. That surfacing is founded on timeless panels that are solid and well aligned. And today, this Chevy rolls as a first-rate classic that mixes polished tradition with rich customization!

Not surprisingly, this five-seven's familiar Chevy pigment creates a fabulous foundation for a select array of choice bolt-ons. At the front of the car, a smoothed bumper traces a polished grille, pristine parking lamps and traditional, stainless-trimmed headlights. At the top of that grille, a customized hood, relieved of its retro Jetbird topper, points to electric windshield wipers. Behind those blades, a stainless-trimmed greenhouse slides one-piece side glass between familiar Chevrolet Sport Mirrors. At the base of that glass, an emblem-free profile floats factory door handles above factory Speed Spears. And at the back of the car, a second smoothed bumper frames LED tail lamps and a shaved decklid.


Pop this Bel Air's stylish hood and you'll find a hot Chevrolet Performance LS3 that, like the car's restoration, is fresh and ready to roll. One of the most well rounded crate engines Chevrolet offers, the LS376/480 utilizes aluminum construction, L92-style heads and a racing-inspired Hot Cam to mix miles of thrills with years of reliable cruising. And, churning stout 10.7 to 1 compression into 495 horsepower and 473 lb./ft. of torque, the smooth-revving mill is certainly no slouch in the performance department! A reusable filter cone caps a compact, Satin Black air tube. Requisite serpentine components spin a modern water pump between a muted alternator and a muted AC compressor. A heavy duty aluminum radiator fronts quick electric puller fans. A proven Wilwood master cylinder makes excellent use of Hydratech hydroboost. Sleeved plug wires join Concept One power steering components and tidy shorty headers to detail an otherwise purpose-built performer. And everything rides in a clean, Satin Black engine bay that's finished with trick dipsticks, a billet expansion tank and billet Ringbrothers hood supports.


Not surprisingly, the bottom of this show worthy bowtie continues the theme of pairing proven hardware with enhanced technology. Satin Black floors blend seamlessly with a powder-coated Art Morrison chassis, which is finished with dual sway bars, tubular control arms and a full suite of adjustable coil-over-shocks. Behind the awesome engine, a fresh 4L70E 4-speed spins a Driveshaft Shop tube, which twists torque to a posi-traction differential and sporty, 3.50 gears that are housed in a braced Ford axle. Turns come courtesy of power rack-and-pinion steering. Speed gets scrubbed by big Wilwood calipers, which cinch a total of 20 pistons around a quartet of slotted rotors. Aluminized exhaust feeds an H-shaped crossover, throaty Pypes mufflers and small resonators. And all that hardware rolls on sweet Intro wheels, which spin 235/40R18 Nitto NT555 Extreme ZRs in front of 255/45ZR18 Nitto NT555 Extreme ZRs.


Between the doors, a custom, professionally installed cockpit manifests as a striking combination of Brown and White leather. Front and center, a quartet of broad buckets features full power adjustment for the car's driver, and 3-point harnesses for all the car's passengers. In front of those seats, a smoothed dash wraps color-keyed billet around Dakota Digital VHX telemetry. At the base of that dash, a custom, full-length console centers a modern shifter between handy power window switches and a Bluetooth-capable Kenwood head unit. Like-new carpet floats piped mats between custom side panels and a custom headliner. The driver spins a familiar Chevy Rally Wheel around a tilting column and billet foot pedals. And Vintage Air climate control keeps the heat at bay.

The product of a detailed, ground-up build that would probably take a second mortgage to duplicate, this Chevy rolls on the right side of impressive. It's a highly desirable tri-five that's been carefully fitted with all the right stuff to be one seriously cool cruiser. If you're dreaming of the perfect blend of lavish '50s style and modern, reliable performance, you've found the ultimate classic!


Striking Bel Air pro-tourer that's the product of a detailed, ground-up build

6.2 liter Chevrolet Performance LS376/480 V8 with 495 horsepower

4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission from Chevrolet Performance

Braced Ford 9-inch rear axle with a posi-traction differential and 3.50 gears

Modern air conditioning

Power rack-and-pinion steering

Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes with Hydratech hydroboost

Powder-coated Art Morrison chassis

Custom leather interior with modern audio

Hugger Orange and Cool Vanilla paint

18-inch Intro wheels

Receipt for Art Morrison chassis

Receipt for Chevrolet Performance drivetrain

All RK Motors vehicles receive a comprehensive, multi-point inspection

We can arrange shipment of your purchase anywhere in the world

Vehicle Details

  • 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • Listing ID:CC-1363889
  • Price:$119,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1955
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Bel Air
  • Exterior Color:Hugger Orange
  • Interior Color:Brown
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:4911
  • Stock Number:136767
  • VIN:C55B169218