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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

The full-sized Bel Air received all new styling and new V-8 power for 1955. It was 15 feet long and lower than most other vehicles on the road, with a sleek Sweep Sight wrap-around windshield. The wheelbase remained unchanged at 115 inches, and the overall design was tasteful and balanced for the day. Called the 'Hot One' in GM's advertising campaign, Chevrolet's styling was trendy and crisp, with an egg-crate grille, hooded headlamps, chrome spears on the front fenders, stainless steel window moldings, and full wheel covers. New features for 1955 included the 12-volt electrical system, improved brakes, and the Glide Ride suspension system. A new two-door wagon was added to the bodystyle list, called the Bel Air Nomad, with unique hardtop roofline.

For 1955, Chevrolet offered the optional small block 162 horsepower V8 and most were equipped with the three-speed Synchro-Mesh manual transmission, with a few choosing the optional overdrive. The new 265 cubic-inch Turbo Fire was developed in just 15 weeks. The base V8 had a two-barrel carburetor and was rated at 162 horsepower. The 'Power Pack' option featured a four-barrel carburetor and other upgrades bringing power to 180 horsepower. Later in the year, a 'Super Power Pack' option added high-compression and a further 15 bhp. 'Idiot' lights replaced gauges for the generator and oil pressure. The reliable 235.5 cubic-inch 'Stovebolt Six' remained as the base engine, now with 123 horsepower, although most buyers wanted the V-8. The newfound performance was matched with an updated chassis with ball-joint front suspension, open 'Hotchkiss' drive, and standard tubeless tires.

Motor Trend magazine gave the Bel Air top marks for ride and handling, and Popular Mechanics reported acceleration for the V-8 Bel Air as being 0-60 MPH in 12.9 seconds, a tremendous accomplishment for a 3,300 lb. car.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2019

Related Reading : Chevrolet Bel Air History

From 1950 through 1952 Chevrolet hardtops in the Deluxe model line were dubbed the Bel Air. It took a few more years before it would become its own distinct series. In 1953, the Bel Air became its own model and was applied to Chevrolets top-of-the-line model range. By 1955, the cars were offered with an optional V8 engine which greatly improved the cars performance. In 1953 Chevrolet had three....
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1955 Vehicle Profiles

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

Six Cylinder Two-Door Nomad Wagon

Chevrolet's renaissance occurred in 1955 when the company shifted its focus to the youth market rather than mom's 'grocery-getters' cars. The Chevrolet Nomad was introduced mid-year 1955 as part of Chevrolet's top series Bel Air lineup. ....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

Six Cylinder Two-Door Nomad Wagon

Chassis Num: VC55L031515

For 1955, Chevrolet introduced a new 'small block V8', a new 12 volt system, new brakes, and a new 'Glide Ride' suspension system. The 'Motoramic' styling featured a wrap-around windshield and a profile three inches lower than its predecessor. There ....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

Six Cylinder Two-Door Nomad Wagon

This 1955 Chevrolet Nomad is powered by a 265 cubic-inch V8 engine which is mated to an automatic transmission. It is painted in Gypsy red and Shoreline beige (Code 615). The interior is matching red & beige. Options and accessories included on th....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

Six Cylinder Convertible

Chassis Num: VC55B122655

Every potential and available option was included as standard on the Bel Air. It was a package filled with comfort, convenience and styling. Closed body styles were given carpeting as standard. On the Bel Air Sport Coupe the chrome-ribbed headline....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

Six Cylinder Two-Door Nomad Wagon

The concept of a 2-door station wagon was first showcased by General Motors at the 1954 Motorama, with the Corvette Nomad show car. Crowds loved the unusual 2-door wagon and as a result, Harley Earl assigned Carl Renner to redesign the Bel Air wagon....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

Six Cylinder Convertible

This 1955 Chevrolet Bel-Air has a 265 Power Pack V8 engine and an automatic transmission. It is painted in Coral & Ivory and has a Grey & Ivory interior. It has many options and accessories including power brakes, white wall tires, oil filter, rock....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

Six Cylinder Two-Door Hardtop

This is an original, unrestored, one-owner car with 48,000 original miles. It has all available options including air conditioning. ....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

Six Cylinder Convertible

This was the first year for the newly designed V8 engine including new fresh styling that set sales records for 1955. With the new design, sales jumped to 750,000 cars with 41,300 being convertibles. The new V8 engine had a bore of 3.75 and a 3-inch ....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

V-8 Convertible

In the 1950's, singer Dinah Shore was urging Americans to 'See the USA in a Chevrolet' and there probably wasn't a better way to do that than in a Bel Air convertible.....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

V-8 Convertible

Chassis Num: VC550009405

The 1955 Chevrolet had attractive styling with eyebrow headlight sculpting, vertical-pillar wrapping windshield, smooth lines, tastefully-restrained rear fins, and an egg crate grille. Bodystyles included a sedan, hardtop, convertible and wagon confi....[continue reading]

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air vehicle information

V-8 Convertible

The 1955 Chevrolet, which came in three varieties, the 150, the 210 and the Bel Air, was the first successful model with optional V8 motor. It was back in 1918 that Chevrolet first, unhappily, offered a V8 - one year only. Although there were teethin....[continue reading]

Six Cylinder Two-Door Nomad Wagon
 
Six Cylinder Two-Door Nomad Wagon
Chassis #: VC55L031515 
Six Cylinder Two-Door Nomad Wagon
 
Six Cylinder Convertible
Chassis #: VC55B122655 
Six Cylinder Two-Door Nomad Wagon
 
Six Cylinder Convertible
 
Six Cylinder Two-Door Hardtop
 
Six Cylinder Convertible
 
V-8 Convertible
 
V-8 Convertible
Chassis #: VC550009405 
V-8 Convertible
 

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1955 Bel Air
$2,600-$18,050
1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Price Range: $1,666 - $2,600

$1,634 - $2,238

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Chevrolet
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)1,653,168
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)1,462,140
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)1,142,460
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)1,505,910
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)1,567,117
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)1,704,667
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)1,143,561
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)1,346,475
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)818,142
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)1,229,986
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)1,498,590

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