Vehicle Description

We sell dozens of mid-fifties Chevrolets every year, but few are as honest and traditional as this 1955 Bel Air sedan. Only recently have 4-door Tri-5s been gaining attention, but they drive just as well as their 2-door counterparts, have the same awesome good looks, and they're a lot more affordable. If you think that owning a Shoebox Chevy was out of reach, guess again, because this is a really nice car.

Finished in a correct India Ivory over Regal Turquoise combination, you almost have to look twice to spot the extra doors on this Chevy. The wonderful Bel Air detailing cleverly hides the rear door inside the split, and the neat little dip is in the same place it is on the coupes. But that's kind of selling this car short, because someone has spent a lifetime caring for this survivor-grade car, so all four doors fit well and it has a very pleasing period look. Those long spears along the flanks emphasize the long, low profile of the '55 Chevys, and, of course, the top-of-the-line Bel Air has plenty of jewelry to make it stand apart. It has not been customized or modified, which is always refreshing with these cars, and they've resisted the urge to over-accessorize the car, which seems to be an epidemic among Tri-Five Chevy owners. All the chrome is neatly preserved, the emblems on the hood and deck lid are bright, and the stainless side trim really pops against the driver-grade paint. The car looks great!

The handsome two-tone interior has a great 1950s sensibility and with room for six, this really is the most practical hobby car you can buy. The upholstery is in good condition following an older restoration, and the entire cabin is a lovely combination of new and old that really works well inside. Dramatic door panels look as good in the 4-door as they do in the other '55 Chevys and the dash is identical, right down to the gauge bezel and stylish steering wheel with horn ring. For cruising comfort, this one has been fitted with an aftermarket tachometer and an array of auxiliary gauges that fit neatly under the dash and almost out of sight, which preserves the original look of the dash. It also has an original steering column that doesn't call attention to itself, plush green carpets below, and nice white headliner above. The rear seat hasn't seen too many miles and looks great today, while out back the trunk is bare bones - showing off just how solid the original pans really are.

The 327 cubic inch V8 under the hood almost looks like what could have been there in 1955, although it's dressed for show with lots of chrome. Chevy Orange on the block helps with the OEM vibe and a set of polished valve covers and matching air cleaner help things pop. Long-tube headers dump into a bubbly dual exhaust system with chambered mufflers, so it sounds suitably racy. A TH350 3-speed manual transmission is a nice replacement for the original PowerGlide, making this sedan very easy to drive. The chassis is solid and in good order, although not detailed for show, and it has a very comfortable ride complements of 225/70/15 Dunlop radials wrapped around a set of flashy Cragar S/S that really pop against the stock set-up of this sedan.

With all the emphasis on performance these days, it's kind of nice to see a car like this that doesn't go overboard with the modifications and still feels like a trip to the past. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1410039
  • Price:$19,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1955
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Bel Air
  • Exterior Color:Regal Turquois
  • Interior Color:Turquoise
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:71747
  • Stock Number:4304-DFW
  • VIN:C55K081102