The advent of the 1955 Chevrolet and the small-block OHV V-8
offered under its hood is considered by some to have spurred on the
Hot Rod movement among new car buyers. The 1955 Chevrolet 150
Custom Convertible offered here is highly upgraded from its
origins, built with modern ideas that do not overwhelm the senses.
The tri-five Chevrolet designs have remained attractive even after
75 years, with 1955 considered to be the ""purest"" by some
aficionados. This example is the painstaking result of a
professional build that started with a Real Deal Steel reproduction
body. Under the hood now resides a new GM LS3 crate engine, which
itself superseded the original small-block in terms of technology,
durability and horsepower potential. The engine bay is detailed
with polished accents and smoothed engine bay sheet metal. Here it
is followed by the more modern 4L70E 4-speed automatic transmission
featuring overdrive and an Art Morrison 9-inch differential hosting
a Strange center section and 31-spline super street axles. Built on
an Art Morrison TRI 5 GMax frame, the body is covered in Glasurit
55 line paint in gunmetal and charcoal tones. Braking comes via
Wilwood disc calipers and drilled and slotted rotors. Once stepping
inside, you are treated to an extensively customized leather
interior by JK Automotive Designs fitted with mauve-tone
upholstery, air conditioning, custom gauges in the dash, an
underdash consolette with operations switches, power steering,
power windows and a power convertible top, which complements the
body in a light gray color. Even the trunk has been refitted for
show-quality appearance, while exterior trim is primarily
enhancements on the traditional cues. A set of intricately cut
Forgeline wheels with low-profile tires offers the final touch of
class here. While the car is upgraded, it retains much of the
automotive DNA evident in the original 1955 model release. With
this custom convertible, you can see the U.S.A. in your Chevrolet,
or be seen yourself on the show field.
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
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