For Sale: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air in Charlotte, North Carolina


Vehicle Description

SUMMARY<br /><br />The beneficiary of a professional, $350K restoration<br /><br />Winner of multiple national awards<br /><br />6.2 liter LS3 V8 / 550 horsepower<br /><br />4L65E 4-speed automatic transmission<br /><br />Custom leather interior / Vintage Air conditioning / Custom standalone audio system<br /><br />Full Jim Meyers Racing suspension / 17-inch Budnik Gasser wheels<br /><br />House Of Kolor Limetime paint<br /><br />GM 10-bolt rear axle / Posi-traction differential / 3.55 gears<br /><br />Power rack-and-pinion steering / Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes<br /><br />Sale includes build receipts, component literature and builder information<br /><br />The automotive scene can be a fickle place. Trends come, go, fizzle and sometimes even cycle back under the guise of &quot;retro&quot;. While many builders strive to create cars that offer the flavor of the day, others use calculated observation to transform premier classics into timeless customs. Sure, this national award-winning Bel Air features plenty of modern must-haves, like air conditioning, custom upholstery and a 550 horsepower LS3. But items like a full Jim Meyer Racing suspension, custom 10-speaker audio and brash House Of Kolor paintwork certainly underscore the fact that the car marches to its own beat. Fresh out of a professional, $350K build, this Chevy is a literal manifestation of &quot;only the best&quot;. If you're looking for a storied custom that attracts big crowds and even bigger trophies, it's prime time for Limetime!<br /><br />BODYWORK/TRIM<br /><br />Built by Graham's Bel Air Hot Rod Shop in Fresno, California, this freshly finished Bel Air does an excellent job of wrapping vintage style around modern technology. A solid California fruit that was ripe for customization, the car was subjected to a systematic, no-expense-spared build that involved $350K and thousands of hours of labor. During that build, its clean body was completely stripped, thoroughly massaged and layered in a liquid-smooth coat of House Of Kolor Limetime 2-stage. Every surface of that pearl pigment, shot by Vicente Gonzales of Madera, California's Fab-Worx, was sanded, buffed and perfected - top to bottom. And in January of 2016, this incredible custom was professionally appraised at $265K.<br /><br />This Chevy is rolling proof that more doesn't necessarily mean better. The car has earned major recognition in national competition by simply doing what it does best: being one of the finest Bel Air's on the planet. No heavy add-ons or overwrought fabrication, just classic proportions and tasteful aesthetics. Up front, a smoothie bumper traces a polished grille, clear parking lamps and chrome-trimmed headlights. At the top of that grille, a shaved hood leads the eye to a flowing greenhouse, which finds smoked glass behind polished frames and capped wipers. At the base of that glass, factory door handles and a small mirror reflect ornate trim spears. And at the back of the car, factory tail lamps hide a custom fuel filler behind a shaved decklid and second smoothie bumper.<br /><br />ENGINE<br /><br />Toss the hood and you'll find a hot LS3 small block that, thanks to a high-lift Erson cam, looks ALMOST as good as it runs! GM Powertrain invested a great deal of time and research into getting the most out of its Gen IV V8, and it definitely shows. Changes started with a 20% stronger casting, featuring an increased bore of 103.25mm. Focus then shifted to flow efficiency, resulting in the use of an all-new intake manifold and L92 rectangle-port heads; which Graham's further improved with upgraded Erson valve springs. Factor in new pistons, a Chevrolet Performance computer, LS7 injectors, and a Chevrolet Performance controller and you get one very potent commuter that creates a stout 550 horsepower. At the top of the mill, a color-keyed filter element funnels wind in to a polished air tube, which feeds a color-keyed intake by way of a polished throttle body. At the sides of that throttle body, clean Sanderson headers, fully coated in Ceramachrome, frame a trick dipstick and AC Delco plug wires. At the front of those headers, polished Concept One pulleys spin a Powermaster alternator and coated AC compressor above modern power steering. In front of those pulleys, a polished Sweet Components radiator utilizes a coated water pump to swirl water around a fabricated expansion tank and fully programmable cooling fans. Fresh American Autowire wiring ensures everything communicates well. Details like custom valve covers, billet EMS supports, polished fuel rails, a billet EMS latch, AN fluid lines and billet EMS bracing ensure first-class presentation. And all that glitz is framed in glossy Limetime pearl, which coats smoothed fenders, a smoothed firewall, smoothed fender extensions, a smoothed hood and a body-matched Sweet Components core support.<br /><br />DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION<br /><br />Park this custom on a lift and you'll find a professionally powder-coated undercarriage that's been prepped, primped and polished to match the car's slick powerplant and stunning exterior. A fresh 4L65E 4-speed, built by CD Performance Transmission of Fresno, California, balances a flawless coat of Limetime pigment between a polished pan, Chevrolet Performance coolers and a performance converter. That gearbox twists a custom Arizona Driveshaft, which spins a familiar 10-bolt axle that's finished with 3.55 gears and a posi-traction differential. That GM pumpkin is an integral part of a sturdy Jim Meyer Racing 4-link, which weaves a beefy panhard bar around adjustable QA-1 coil-overs. Opposite that 4-link, a Jim Meyer Racing front-clip sandwiches power rack-and-pinion steering between tubular control arms and two more coil-over-shocks. Quick stops are a cinch thanks to 4-piston Wilwood DynaPro calipers, which utilize a Wilwood master cylinder, a Wilwood proportioning valve and quality stainless lines to squeeze 12.19-inch drilled and slotted rotors. A custom, Mandrel-bent exhaust system, which, like the aforementioned Sanderson headers, is fully Ceramachrome coated, routes spent gases through an H-shaped crossover and Flowmaster 3-chamber mufflers. A polished, 22-gallon Rick's stainless fuel tank utilizes a high-volume internal pump to supply plenty of 'go juice'. Billet Budnik Gassers throw torque through 235/45ZR17 and 275/40ZR17 BF Goodrich g-Force Sports. And everything, from the car's polished oil pan to its chrome starter, is well planned, exceptionally executed and ready to show!<br /><br />INTERIOR<br /><br />Open this hardtop's doors and you'll find a custom leather cockpit that was installed by Wall &amp; Eades Auto Upholstery of Fresno, California. Top dead center, a Limetime dash frames slick Dakota Digital VHX telemetry in supple brown leather. Opposite that dash, power-operated buckets and a plush bench frame a custom console, which balances a simple shifter behind controls for the car's custom-plumbed Vintage Air climate system. Beneath that console, clean carpet floats piped and color-keyed floor mats opposite a custom hard shell headliner. At the sides of that headliner, custom side panels front a full suite of Specialty Power Windows on their way to a custom package tray that mimics the aforementioned dash. In front of the driver, a tilting Ididit column spins a polished and half-wrapped Budnik wheel. Behind the passengers, a leather-lined trunk hides four 10-inch RE Audio subwoofers and two Optima gel cell batteries behind two JL Audio amplifiers. And, speaking of those amps, they're part of a standalone sound system that includes a Bluetooth-enabled Kenwood CD/DVD head unit and six additional Hertz mid and high range speakers.<br /><br />AWARDS/FEATURES<br /><br />Fresh out of its professional transformation, this B...for more information please contact the seller.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-887924
  • Year:1955
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Bel Air
  • Exterior Color:Lime Green
  • Interior Color:Brown
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:87
  • Stock Number:135610
  • VIN:VC5500