Honestly, can you really do better than a red and white 1955 Chevy
Bel Air convertible? You can't beat the look, an invisibly upgraded
small block Chevy V8 offers plenty of performance, and there are a
lot fewer of these around than you'd expect. If you like the '50s,
there are few cars more iconic than this.
Gypsy Red and India Ivory are quintessential colors on a Bel Air convertible, and if you're looking for attention, you won't be able to escape it whenever you're behind the wheel of this car. The paint and bodywork were done two years ago and it's simply stunning from any angle; this car will make grown men stop and stare as you motor past. Obviously the work was well done, and it has a great shine that you'll love polishing up on a Saturday afternoon and good panel gaps that suggest that this car has led a good life and there was a lot of time invested in the restoration. The chrome bumpers were refinished during the restoration and all the stainless was removed, straightened, and polished before being reinstalled and aligned. It is about as far from subtle as you'll find, but that's really the point, isn't it? If you want gorgeous, this Chevrolet delivers in a very big way.
The interior is equally flashy and just as well restored. Wide bench seats will accommodate six in a pinch, and the pure 1950s look of the two-tone red and white upholstery will make everyone want a ride. Correct red carpets, matching floor mats, and new door panels complement the original dash and steering wheel, which are in truly excellent condition for their age. All the gauges are restored as well, and everything works like it should, the hallmark of a top-quality restoration, and it shows just 41 miles since the restoration was completed, so it's still very fresh. The only notable deviation from stock specs is a digital AM/FM stereo radio in the dash, but it fits neatly enough that few people will actually notice. A convertible top with a crystal clear rear window fits well, but we all know that it's for emergencies only anyway. And the trunk is beautifully finished with a correct rubber mat and a matching spare tire and wheel assembly.
At first glance, you'd think that's an original 265 cubic inch V8 under the hood. Thanks to the wonders of the small block Chevy V8, it's actually a 1958 model 283, which slips right in without modifications. Dressed in Chevy Orange paint, original-style valve covers, and correct hardware, it looks quite authentic. An Edelbrock chrome air cleaner 4-barrel carburetor are surely responsible for a nice bounce in performance, and you could install an original air cleaner and make it totally invisible. Of note, there's a modern 12-volt alternator in place of the original generator and a great-sounding dual exhaust system with stock-style mufflers for a 1950s sound. An automatic transmission means that this car is always ready to go and front disc brakes with power assist have been added for safety. Painted steel wheels with beautiful factory hubcaps are wearing 205/75/15 wide whitewall radials that ride and handle great.
A beautiful, high-quality car that neatly preserves the original look and feel while adding a few upgrades that make it a pleasure to drive. This is a fantastic restored Chevy that's ready to drive and enjoy. Call today!
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