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While certain classic Chevrolet enthusiasts prefer the increasingly flamboyant 1956 and 1957 models, many appreciate the clean, subtle design of the 1955 line that literally started the legend. Additionally, a fast-growing list of available powertrain combinations and options proved that these cars were far more than rolling sculptures. Thanks to the relatively low weight of Chevrolet’s all-new, powerful, compact, and highly efficient OHV small-block V-8 and a high power-to-weight ratio, the V-8 powered Chevrolets of the mid-1950s were rightly advertised as the “Hot Ones.”
In addition to their increased speed and improved handling characteristics, a series of new safety features quickly rolled out on new Chevrolets, including “crash proof” door locks, a padded dash, and optionally available seat belts. Wildly popular NASCAR and USAC stock-car races and speed events provided a new arena for Chevrolet to promote its products and the GM division quickly attained great success in this tough arena. Throughout the intervening years, 1955 Chevrolets of all body styles were preserved, restored, or modified into customs, street machines, and drag racers. Movie use cemented their legend, especially as driven by Harrison Ford in George Lucas’ iconic American Graffiti and by Dennis Wilson and James Taylor in the cult classic Two Lane Blacktop.
By virtue of its fine styling, many standard and optional amenities, strong competition legacy, and legendary small-block V-8, the 1955 Bel Air has charmed enthusiasts for over 60 years and it continues to show no signs of fading today. Of all available body styles, the top-of-the-line Bel Air convertible remains the most highly prized model of all, providing all the virtues of these high-style, value-rich Chevrolet models of the era.
This particular example, is believed to be sold new in California. Cosmetically restored 12 years ago, it has a very nice body with good gaps in evidence and it runs and drives very well. The last owner frequently used this convertible for parades and shows to great effect. An outstanding running and driving Bel Air with strong cosmetics that can be driven and enjoyed. Featuring a great color combination, it is a beautiful, classic “Tri-Five” throughout, and a true icon!