We sell a whole lot of Tri-Five Chevys like this gorgeous 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air hardtop. Why? Because their classic looks never go out of style, they're easy to modify, and typically run and drive like modern cars, just like this one does. Plus, there's the fact that a lot of folks grew up with fond memories of cars from the '50s. In fact, if we had to name the perfect hobby car, it might be something just like this white-over-turquoise hardtop.
Chevy's familiar two-tone paint schemes never go out of style, especially timeless combinations like the India Ivory over Regal Turquoise finish that adorns this beautiful hardtop, which is a testament to the quality of Chevy's Tri-5 design. This car was treated to some high-quality work during its rejuvenation, but it respected the original design, so nothing radical happened to it other than the color change from the factory beige over green. That means no chopping, no cutting, no shaving, but plenty of attention paid to things like gaps and finish quality. Perfect it is not, but it is borderline show car worthy save a few very minor imperfections, and when you look at other hardtops at this price point, you'll quickly appreciate how fantastic this car really is. The doors fit great, the line around the trunk lid is even, and the brightly polished stainless side trim between the doors and quarter panels fits so exactly that it looks like one single piece. Getting a car to look like this also requires a sizable commitment to the chrome shop, and all the brightwork is in exceptional shape, particularly the big bright bumpers found fore and aft, further punctuated by shiny bumper guards at each end.
The interior was given a freshening at the time of restoration as well, working hard to look period-correct with a few custom touches, and it is so much the better for it. Comfortable and matching white and turquoise upholstery is right at home in the totally revamped '55 Bel Air interior, and the leather bench seats are firm yet comfortable, even after several hours of cruising. The expert handiwork shows in the matching door panels, taut headliner, and neatly trimmed carpets which have the correct loop pile for a stylish Bel Air. Original gauges are still in place, augmented by several auxiliary units below the dash, and the original bezel is framed by a beautiful wood-rimmed Grant steering wheel set atop a chrome Ididit tilt steering column, adding a touch of further class to the already sophisticated interior. There's a T-handle Hurst shifter that manages the TH400 automatic transmission below, the entire dash has been wrapped in turquoise upholstery, and a retro-style AM/FM radio provides the entertainment. Out back, the neatly finished trunk offers a finished look, including a carpeted mat and plenty of room for all your car show goodies.
The engine powering this Bel Air is a built 350 cubic inch Chevy V8 (Crane hydraulic cam and roller rockers inside) with an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock intake feeding it, all neatly detailed and polished and ready to show-off. Get your sunglasses, because this engine bay really sparkles! The modern A/C compressor, alternator, brake system are all chromed and polished, while the K&N air cleaner, bright valve covers, and Chevy Orange engine block really pop when flanked by the blacked-out inner fenders and firewall. But the real story is a little deeper, because you also get power steering (CPP power steering box and a billet pump), power front disc brakes, and a very contemporary feeling driving experience thanks to an HEI unit, a serpentine system, and a big BeCool aluminum radiator up front. The small block is backed by a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission with a B&M shift kit, so it cruises effortlessly and the 10-bolt rear end with 3.70 posi-traction gears inside is rugged enough to eliminate breakage fears. Built for the road, the chassis is mostly satin black paint for easy maintenance and Sanderson custom headers feed a custom Flowmaster dual exhaust system with chrome tips just under the rear bumper. Chrome American Racing Torque Thrust wheels with Bowtie spinners look right wearing beefy 215/65/15 front and 245/60/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials all around, which give the car a bit of a muscle car look to go with all that '50s style.
Just like all the others, this Bel Air won't last long. Someone will quickly realize that this is as good as vintage motoring gets; a no-compromises cruiser that does everything well. If that someone is you, call today!