1955 Chevrolet Bel Air V8 ConvertibleSOLD
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Estimate: $75,000-$100,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $71,500

180hp, 265 cu. in. V-8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, independent front with rear semi-elliptical leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 115”

While Chevrolet was enjoying a period of great success, their crown jewel was the Bel Air convertible. The Bel Air series cars included everything standard on the lower priced series plus a lot more, comfort, convenience and styling enhancements. Americans embraced the Bel Air line as it was evident Chevrolet was throwing everything they could think of into the line. They became symbols of prosperity and truly impacted the car culture.

The example presented here was the subject of an exhaustive body-off-of-the-frame restoration by an expert in Indiana who specializes in 1950s Chevrolets. When he started the process, he chose this sound example with plentiful factory including power steering, wheel trim rings, accessory rocker panel moldings, front bumper guard, continental kit, door handle shields, fuel door shields, electric clock, Powerglide automatic transmission and the V-8 motor power pack which includes a 4-barrel carburetor and dual exhaust. It is beautifully finished in red with a two-tone red and beige interior. All interior materials look new and the dash paint and gauges still shine.

Overall the paint is excellent, however slight wear can be found in the usual stress areas. The body panel fit is quite good with very even gaps. The chrome bright work on the car shows excellently and was clearly plated to better than new standards. All stainless is equally impressive. The beige convertible top matches the interior accent color and fits tightly as it was intended.

Upon close inspection by RM Auctions, we noticed this example was highly correct and although it has never been formally shown, we believe it could score quite well. The engine compartment is fully detailed and wears proper hoses. Throughout the car, red oxide primer, flat and satin black finishes and cadmium plating appear to be correctly applied and properly finished. The trunk is detailed as well and is fitted with a correct type mat and bumper jack. The odometer shows just 28 miles and that of course is believed to be since restoration. This wonderfully optioned and restored example hasn’t been formally shown at a concours event. The next owner can certainly look forward to some blue ribbons.

Reference Number 8660

as of 4/17/2007

Car 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air V8 Convertible
VIN VC55F143116 
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