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From The Tom Haag Estate Collection

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop

  • Trendsetting styling
  • Finished in attractive Coral and Shadow Gray Poly
  • 265-cubic-inch V-8 engine paired with an automatic transmission
  • Restored to original specifications

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Early 1955 saw new base V-8 motors from each of the “low-priced” three, Plymouth with 241 cubic inches rated at 157 HP, Ford with an enlarged Y-block at 272 cubes rated at 162 HP, and Chevrolet with its 265-cid V-8 with two-barrel intake also rated as 162 HP. Fans of any of these marques might have considered their engines to be the best, but the engineering and design of Chevrolet’s small-block V-8 was developed under the guidance of a pure genius, Ed Cole. Combined with the all-new styling of the 1955 Chevrolet, plus a completely new chassis, it is no wonder that Chevy would take the lead in the sales and production numbers for the record-setting year. Offered in three trim levels, the Bel Air was the smartest-looking of the trio. Featuring six body styles, including two station wagons, more buyers than ever before stepped up and took home the beautiful hardtop. From the Ferrari-inspired egg-crate grille up front to the smooth and built-in look of the handsome mini-cathedral taillights, from every angle, the 1955 Chevrolets were miles ahead of the competition.

Looking at this stunning Coral and Shadow Gray 1955 Bel Air two-door hardtop, you will know why over 185,562 of these cars went to new owners. This fine example was produced at Chevrolet’s Kansas City facility and, according to the original build tag, it came exactly as it is presented today – with a color scheme both inside and out, that says, mid-century modern at its best. Treated to a full restoration, everything is proper from factory style vinyl grains, with the charcoal and ivory straw pattern fabrics, to all of the appointments such as push-button radio, heater-defroster, back-up lights, dual exhaust, and little things like the fingernail guard for the fuel door, bright rocket panel moldings, under-dash tissue dispenser, and the unique Guide Traffic Light Viewer. The workmanship is top-shelf all the way on this car, with excellent body panel alignments, doors that open and close with ease, and under-hood detailing showing off that wonderful V-8 engine, complete with the oil-bath air cleaner. Full optional wheel covers accompany a set of 6.70” X 15” wide whitewall tires that look fresh and new. With the turn of the key, this Chevrolet comes alive and, with you behind the wheel, you too can experience the thrill of seeing the USA in your new Chevrolet.

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