Attention classic car drivers, this iconic 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible was restored just for you! It not only has a beautiful matching color scheme inside and out, but it has all the great feature you want like A/C, disc brakes, and an overdrive transmission. But the reason why this is for true drivers is the power and reliability upgrade to the V8 under the hood.
The first question you’re likely to ask is, does this vintage convertible looks as good in person as it does in the pictures? The answer is no...It’s better! This car is striking a balance between iconic classic and all-out hot rod, and the paint starts off this impression perfectly. The metallic blue is some of the deepest and shiniest we’ve seen in quite a while, thanks to a large investment in a professional application and modern clearcoat. The white in this two-tone presentation has the same luster, so the shine rolls smoothly over this super-straight body. It’s topped off (literally) by a folding roof so white it matches the paint. But we all know the best shine comes from all that chrome and stainless trim. People often have problems finding the right pieces for a ’55, so we get excited when it’s mirror-like, and complete just how it is on this convertible. But like we said before, this one is also out for a performance appearance. So you’ll notice the 15-inch Rally wheel package that first became an icon over a decade after this Bel Air’s steel was formed.
The interior continues the blue and white two-tone theme. Wide bench seats will accommodate six in a pinch, which is good because the tuck and roll appearance will make everyone want a ride. Blue carpeting and two-tone door panels complement the original dash and steering wheel, which are in truly excellent condition. But once again, the premium performance image is added to the interior. A modern gauge cluster from Classic Instruments fits into the original panel and offers a more comprehensive view of the engine without disrupting the OEM look. This same updated technology, with vintage placement also applies to the clock, AM/FM radio, and the very welcomed air conditioning.
But the best upgrade for the driver is under the hood. Part of what makes the Bel Air model a legend is that 1955 was the first production year for a small-block V8. This convertible picks up that torch and sprints with it thanks to a ZZ4 crate 350 cubic-inch under the hood. Before anyone goes griping about how this could be a priceless classic with its original motor, check the C55 tag. It started life as a six-cylinder car, so this beauty was just begging for the high-performance treatment from Chevy. The right thing to do. Not only does it have a bright and beautiful appearance in the engine bay, but it’s also backed up by further enhancements such as a Holley carburetor, performance intake, and a rumbling Magnaflow dual exhaust. So you know this one has outstanding performance from a newer and more powerful motor, but what really makes this great for drivers are the comfort features such as the four-speed overdrive transmission, power steering, and front disc brakes. Plus, the BF Goodrich tires are wider and provide superior grip to anything you could have picked up in ’55, making this a joy to drive and enjoy!
Not all ’55 Bel Airs were created equal, and so this one had a heavy investment into making up for lost time with its V8 brothers. Now it’s a Bel Air that just about surpasses all the others. So if you like to actually drive your classics, this is an opportunity you don’t want to have pass you by. Call today!!