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For Sale: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

One of the advantages of the Tri-Five Chevys like this drop-dead gorgeous 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop is that the engine bay is big enough to handle pretty much anything you can imagine. This beauty, for example, carries a hulking 502 V8 big block, which is also backed by a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission, an upgrade suspension and power 4-wheel disc brakes, making it more of a modern muscle car than just your usual good-looking '50s cruiser. Finished just over 5,000 miles ago and built to the 9's, this upgrade hardtop is quite a bargain even at this price once you consider the entire spoke of the top-end build, meaning you better read quickly or risk missing your shot at an absolute stunner.

But before we get into the big block and all the matching hardcore hardware, let's talk about the gorgeous Creme Beige over Gypsy Red paint job. Finished a mere 5,402 miles ago, this top-of-the-line 2-door hardtop was restored to be an attention-grabber first and foremost, and the builders have succeeded brilliantly across the board. Starting with a hardtop was the right choice of course, and by the looks of the laser-straight metal underneath, this Bel Air has always been an impeccably cared-for car. The colors aren't original to this particular vehicle but certainly period-correct and use modern urethane paints that provide a shine unmatched by original enamels, with a deep, lustrous shine that simply pops under our studio lights. Despite the upgraded materials used on the top-end paint job, the finish still looks quite appropriate on the vintage sheetmetal, and with hardly any imperfections to speak of, short of a couple very minor imperfections in the hood that took us quite a long time to even notice, this top driver-quality presentation would likely be considered 'show' by most contemporary standards. Great gaps, sharp, laser-straight panel alignment, and a miles deep luster on both colors - the curb appeal is simply through the roof and it's difficult to argue with the final result. There's considerable chrome and trim on any '50s car, but none better than the shiny livery found on the Bel Air, and it's all been professionally restored/refinished to match the quality of the paint. The shiny stuff includes all that iconic Bel Air profile trim, the stainless around the crystal-clear glass, and the bold chrome bumpers fore and aft, all of which are matched by the near-blinding bling from the front grille, hood ornament, and correct badging found throughout the body.

Given the extensive upgrade to the entire car, the interior is also remarkably well-integrated and restored using modern materials with an aim toward maintaining the overall stock Tri-5 look. Fresh Gypsy Red and Creme Beige vinyl upholstery matches the exterior and is in fantastic condition, as are the matching red carpets below, the ornate door panels at the flanks, and a taut headliner with chrome slats above that all work together to give the cabin an upgraded yet factory look. On the other hand, the polished Flaming River tilt column, billet chrome steering wheel, and discreetly installed under-dash A/C system are all strictly modern pieces but have been integrated seamlessly into the design of the interior. There's also a Lokar shifter atop the transmission tunnel that manages the 700R4 automatic below, a retro-style AM/FM/Cassette radio in the factory slot, and a complete set of SunPro modern digital/analog gauges inside the original cluster. With so few miles on the build, it's as nice as you'd expect inside, with nary a sign of use on all the high-traffic areas. The rear bench seat is darn clean it's likely never been sat-in, and out back the trunk was finished completely back-to-stock, including a correct replacement vinyl mat and bias-ply spare tire and jack set mounted in the factory position.

Thanks to a smoothed and finished firewall, the 502 cubic inch V8 under the hood fits just fine in the original '55 engine bay. Born a 454 block and then bored and stroked to the current 502 cubic-inch displacement, the massive motor powers this Bel Air with great ease, aided by a full Aeromotive fuel system and Stealth 340 fuel pump, an Edelbrock intake, and big Holley 750CFM 4-barrel carburetor that all feed it. The list of further upgrades is extensive, including a big aluminum radiator with dual electric fans, chrome accessories with a serpentine belt drive, and braided stainless hoses for the HVAC and fuel systems. There's Chevy Orange on the block itself, but it too has been punctuated with chrome valve covers and a matching open-element air cleaner, and it all pops out from the shin black inner fenders and red firewall. Looks super-clean, doesn't it? Underneath the upgrades continue with Viking coilvers all around, tubular control arms with 1 � inch dropped spindles, a big sway bar, and power steering up front, CPP power 4-wheel power disc brakes, and a 4-link set-up with a another rear swaybar in the back. Ceramic-coated long-tube headers are like modern sculpture all by themselves, and they feed into the killer-sounding, throaty Flowmaster dual exhaust below. The undercarriage was finished to show off, with painted and shined components throughout, so if you're showing this beauty be sure to bring the mirrors. The 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission with its tall overdrive gear means that the rather stout 3.90 gears in the rear end can do their thing without the engine getting too busy on the highway. Staggered Billet Specialties polished aluminum wheels complete the vintage hot rod look and wear off-set 245/45/17 front and 255/45/18 rear Michelin radials.

Big power, a sporty suspension, a slick-shifting transmission, and agile handling all sound like modern muscle car, but the look still says "1955" all over again. Truly the best of both worlds, this Bel Air is a no-compromises stunner that does it all. Call today!

Vehicle Details

  • 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • Listing ID:CC-1509070
  • Price:$74,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1955
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Bel Air
  • Exterior Color:Gypsy Red
  • Interior Color:Gypsy Red
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:5402
  • Stock Number:4918-DFW
  • VIN:VC55J037825
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