When the second-generation Bel Air was introduced in 1955, Chevrolet of course introduced significant upgrades and design enhancements that one would typically only find on a luxury model.
It was also the year when Chevrolet fell in love with chrome, which enhanced the Bel Air’s refinement and added a sense of luxury.
Not insignificant alterations occurred in the engine division also, as six-cylinder engines were still offered for the Bel Air. But the 1955 Bel Air also had a V8 option, a 265ci engine that produced 162 horsepower with the help of a two-barrel carburetor.
The famous 289 wasn’t yet available, as it debuted in 1957, but the GM brand targeted people particularly interested in performance with updates for the 265, including a Power Pack option that included a four-barrel carburetor for a maximum output of 180 horsepower. Eventually, Chevrolet launched a Super Power Pack package that pushed the power output to 195 horsepower.
Earlier this week, a 1955 Bel Air convertible arrived, fresh from a west Texas farm. It goes without saying that you should anticipate the usual rust concerns and other problems that require immediate treatment before the automobile can be driven again, given that it has been resting for more than 30 years.
I believe the Chevy may be hiding a previous restoration that is gradually losing its shine because it still has a fairly solid appearance and a well-kept interior. I’m not sure if this is a recent restoration or the result of years of careful upkeep, so get in touch for more details.
I can already spot the usual suspects in terms of rust, including the floors and the trunk, but the damage doesn’t look as awful as you’d expect, considering the car’s age.
They didn’t try to start the engine, so what happens under the hood is as mysterious as it gets. However, the summary indicates the convertible comes with a 350, and if this is true, then the original engine is no longer in the car. It could also be a sign of a previous restoration, as someone might have overhauled the Bel Air and installed a new engine.
Meanwhile, this 1955 Chevy remains an intriguing find that could find a well-deserved place in someone’s collection, especially because it doesn’t look as horrible as the majority of 70-year-old cars.