For Sale: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air in Morgantown, Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

This was the year it all began for the now-famous Tri-Five Chevy. In 1955, Chevrolet released the first model year of this iconic line. The 150 and 210 models were certainly well-received, especially when outfitted with the optional V8 engine. However, the flagship Bel Air was truly a sight to behold. Its carpeted interior, chrome trim, stainless window moldings, and script emblems set this '55 Chevy apart from the rest of the line and made it memorable to this day.

For consignment, a first year example of the beginnings of the Tri-Five era, a 55 Bel Air. Named after the California seaside town which conjures up images of movie stars, seaside mansions and lazy summer days. Our 55 Tri-Five for consignment is 5 years in the making keeping some of the original charm, and some extra add ons for performance enhancements, an entire new wiring system, and comfort upgrades. Read on, boppers.

Please note: the VIN on this car is not a 1955 Chevrolet VIN as the body series designator is not present in the sequence. It does have a title*

Exterior
The timeless look of these Chevys will never go out of style, and the most successful cars are always those that don't mess with success. So, when you're building your own, have faith in the factory and do as the builder of this car has done...make it as nice as you possibly can without altering the basic goodness of the car. Starting up front with its simple egg crate grille with shiny mirror like bumper on bottom, and single chrome bezel headlight on either side with an oval turn signal below, the beginnings remain simple on the embellishment front. Deep red covers the front around this chrome, the hood, front quarters, doors and lower half of the rear quarter. This paint is very deep but does show a few runs and inclusions. A chrome trim spear mid-section of the front quarter runs rearward through the door, where it comes to an abrupt halt. With its starting point on the total surround of the passenger compartment, a chrome trim piece works its way past the door sills, then heads downward towards the mid rear quarter, where it is met with another mid spear which takes us to the back of the car. This spear combo is the delineation between the red and white toned paint which covers the roof, and trunk deck as well as the back of this car. Like the red, the white shows with a few inclusions, cracks and evidence of body filler. A side view will give you a hint of the design that created the craze with these car's introductions, showing curved front and rear glass, all surrounded by chrome trimmings. On back, are simple lamplighter style taillights, a large red reflector badge, and another beautiful bumper with dual pipes hedging a look out of the bottom of this beautiful creation. On all corners are shiny 15 inch polished Torque Thrust wheels wrapped in 205/70R15's in front and 225/70R15's on the back.

Interior
Moving inside starting with the door panels, and let's just say the hits just keep on coming!! Using black leather along with some white stitching then mixing together with more swoopy embroidery, the door panels emulate the exterior design and are nearly new. Slipping on to the late model power leather high back wide buckets which replace the original bench, also in black with white stitching and an upper white inlay are looking and feeling nicely comfortable. A rear bench presenting in the same fashion is in back and there is plenty of romper room back there. Fronting this is a dual fan dash with the gauge cluster on the driver's side, and a blacked out round below on the passenger's side fan. This dash has been finished in black leather on top and sports a bow tie stamped pattern strip of shiny aluminum running from door to door. AutoMeter gauges with white faces fit into the fan in front of the driver. Reflecting in this dash is a Grant wood rimmed 3 spoke rally steering wheel and an aftermarket tachometer hangs from the tilt column on the driver's left, and to the driver's right on the dash is the controller for the new Vintage AC & heat system. A newer digital Chevrolet badged bowtie radio is now installed. Top dead center of the dash has a GPS mounted and a fabricated console races between the seats. Filling this console is the floor shifter, power seat controls, USB ports, and a satellite radio receiver. New black carpet covers the floors, and a new gray headliner hangs above. Sound deadener has been added throughout the interior and new kick panels with speakers are also on. A shout out to the refinished trunk with its lightly stained carpet and vinyl side panels all in gray.

Drivetrain
Replacing the original engine is a consignor stated 350ci V8 crate engine. This is topped with an Edelbrock intake and single 4-barrel carburetor. This is dressed to the nines with a chrome air cleaner lid and valve coverings. On the back is a 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission with transmission cooler. Connecting the transmission to the 4.11 geared rear axle is a new driveshaft with new U-joints. An aluminum radiator is on to keep things extra cool. A very nicely presenting power plant if I must say so myself!

Undercarriage
Noticing several repairs for invasive rust on the back of this car's underside, particularly on the rear roll panel below the rear bumper. Fiberglass has been patched in and some surface rust is still seen. Otherwise, all is solid with the frame, floor pans and body hangers, on which are some repairs as well as some chipping off of the finish. Both rocker panels have been replaced and are now crudely fabricated from light gauge sheet metal. Power disc brakes upfront and power drums, with new brakes, are on back and independent coil spring suspension is on front as are leaf springs with traction bars round out the suspension. Headers lead from the engine and run through Pypes mufflers. During our tour we noticed new rear axles and power steering being on along with a new steering box.

Drive-Ability
A great driver, with nice acceleration from the new 350ci and Edelbrock feeder. Transmission was smooth, and brakes worked as they should, stopping us on a dime. All functions were working just fine, and the new buckets are uber comfy.

A nice job overall on this two-tone Bel Air with good paint showing a few battle scars but mostly very nice. A newer updated inter seating setup, shifter, and digital stereo now in, driving not only turns heads but is just a bit more convenient.

TRIM TAG
STYLE 55 1011-1955 Chevrolet 210/Bel Air 2 Door Hardtop
BODY J2363-Janesville Body #
TRIM 505-Tan & Brown Cloth
PAINT 613-Shoreline Beige, Neptune Green

Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.

Vehicle Details

  • 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
  • Listing ID: CC-1620500
  • Price: $57,500
  • Location:Morgantown, Pennsylvania
  • Year:1955
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Bel Air
  • Exterior Color:Red
  • Interior Color:Black
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:11427
  • Stock Number:4175
  • VIN:955A05836
Listed By:
Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Rd.
Morgantown, PA 19543

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