NUT-AND-BOLT, FRAME-OFF RESTO, CUSTOM INTERIOR & PAINT, 350 V8, 700R4, 4-DISC!!
How cool is this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible with its slick two-tone paint job and contemporary tan leather interior? It makes for a slick resto-rod that ignores convention and just goes for pure style, succeeding on every level.
It's hard to improve on the basic goodness that is the 1955 Chevy, so the guys who built this one honored the original design and simply made it as straight and shiny as they could. Panel gaps and alignment were given the attention they deserve, and every square inch of the bodywork was blocked and blocked again so it would be straight enough for that blue and white paint job, which looks pretty close to the 1955 combination of India Ivory over Glacier Blue. All the trim is still in place, now restored to a very high standard. There's a ton of stainless, and all of it went on the polishing wheel until it sparkled, and the chrome pieces are either re-plated or fresh reproductions that look and fit right. Even the wrap-around glass is in excellent shape, with the windshield having the right Soft-Ray tint. It's not a perfect car, but the look is eye-catching and you'll always be proud to show up in this one no matter what show you attend.
Where a lot of resto-mods would have modern buckets or some kind of original black-and-white '50s looks, this gorgeous Bel Air offers a sophisticated tan leather take on the original patterns. The stock bench seat is still in place, but the supple leather is quite modern and gives it a unique look, especially with the blue suede inserts. Matching door panels were stitched up to compliment the seats, and blue carpets continue the subtle theme. The factory dash is intact, painted to match the tan leather and still wearing the cool machined insert that stretches from door to door, but the original gauges have been replaced by a set of incredible backlit LED units that are totally 21st century. There's still an original-looking radio in the dash, but it has an iPod interface that powers speakers in the kick panels. A custom center console under the dash houses the A/C system that makes it look more integrated than your usual under-dash unit and it wears custom color-matched and embroidered floor mats to keep things tidy. Overhead, there's a new white power convertible top and the trunk is beautifully finished with a custom cover for the spare tire and a storage compartment.
Under the hood there's nothing radical, which is just what you want for a car you're actually going to drive. A reliable, powerful Chevy 350 has been stashed between the fenders, and it wears an Edelbrock intake, a matching 4-barrel carb, and plenty of custom painted components. Custom finned aluminum valve covers are a very cool blend of old and new, and you'll note things like A/C, power four-wheel disc brakes, and a massive aluminum radiator up front. A 700R4 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission has been fitted, powering the original rear end. Ram's horn exhaust manifolds feed a dual exhaust system with Flowmasters, so it has plenty of rumble to match its looks, and while it isn't detailed for show underneath, it's quite solid with no trouble in any of the usual spots. And you just can't go wrong with classic sand-cast Torque Thrust wheels, with these wearing 205/75/15 Uniroyal whitewall radials.
Documented with restoration receipts, this '55 Bel Air is great-looking, great-driving, and a refreshing take on a familiar theme. Call now!
- AM Radio
- iPod Compatible
- Power Convertible Top
- Air Conditioning
- Leather Seats
- Tilt Wheel
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Power Brakes
- Power Steering
- Build Receipts
- Body Style
- Seating Type
- Shifter Type
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