This is the car that helped make post-WWII Chevrolets legendary. A
model 210 Del Ray coupe like this has a lot of original style with
some nice upgrades.
1955 was the first year of the now famous Tri-Five Chevys. The pronounced rounded fenders of its predecessors were traded for a streamlined appearance that became an icon of the 1950s. This one started life as a model 210 coupe, but during a recent restoration, it has been given the added chrome elements of the upmarket Bel Air (the 210 coupes are actually rarer than the Bel Airs). During the work on this car, it is evident that a lot of care went into to keeping the panels straight and the gaps uniform. The paint is an updated idea on the Glacier Blue/Skyline Blue two tone paint scheme originally offered by Chevrolet in 1955. The difference here is that the shine on the finish is nothing like Chevy painters could produce back in the day. In fact, if you want to know how much work has gone into this car, just check out the trunk. The spare wheel was left in original condition so you can understand what 60 years of untouched really looks like. Thankfully, the wheels that everyone will see you cruising with are a shiny set of 15-inch wire wheels.
The 1011A on the cowl tag means this is a correct Del Ray model that comes with an upgraded color-coordinated interior package. Thus, part of the evidence of this detail-oriented restoration is that the unique square pattern blue in the seats, perfectly matching the shade on the dashboard and steering wheel. It looks especially cool when you open the door and everyone sees the kick panel inside matching the fenders. Aside from the color coordination, these Chevys have a great looking interior that includes the dual-hump style dash that resembles the Corvettes of the era. Also, during the restoration, the heater/defrost was kept in working order, and there were provisions for a modern stereo system.
Part of what makes these cars a legend is that 1955 was the first production year for the small block V8. The only optional eight-cylinder in this inaugural year was the 265 cubic-inch motor, and so this keeps the original small block spirit, but it has been upgraded to a slightly more powerful 305 cubic inch unit, and bolted to a TH350 automatic transmission. The improved V8 was placed in the detailed engine bay that was built to be impressive and reliable. The Edelbrock air cleaner and valve covers offer some nice chrome touches, but the other noticeable upgraded piece is a new radiator. Finally, the classic V8 sound is announced through a dual exhaust system, and to make sure you can keep the power on the road, it rides on modern Firestone tires.
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