Cars like this 1955 Chevy Bel Air require two things: time and money. The more of one you have, the less of the other you need, but there’s no way around it, a car this nice requires a serious investment. Packing a beautifully detailed LS V8 and 6-speed automatic transmission under the hood, and a ’50s perfect two-tone color scheme, this is a car that everyone can appreciate. Fast, reliable, and gorgeous, it’s everything the original designers wanted the 1955 Chevy to be, and with only 2024 miles on the build, it’s still quite fresh!

The two-tone paint job looks very factory correct, although it uses modern materials to give it a sparkling contrast. Blue and white is a combination that would have looked right at home on the streets of 1955, although there was no such thing as paint that looked this good back then. The bodywork is straight enough that the glossy paint shows beautifully, and the car fits together extremely well, the result of all that time and money. The white India Ivory is a very elegant contrast to the bright, cheerful blue, and together they give the car a bright glow that is perfect for the era without the heavy metallics we get today. All the original trim is intact, which also means someone spent enough cash restoring it to put a kid through college. Detailing is crisp, and there are virtually zero flaws in the brightwork. Although it’s not perfect, in person this car is impossible to ignore.

The interior has been restored to look period correct with a few notable exceptions. The seats wear two-tone seat covers with peaked backrest trim for a true ’50s vibe and the door panels were stitched to match. Matching blue carpets show expert binding work and the headliner overhead uses chrome bows that are one of the car’s most striking styling features. You’ll note the dash is quite stock and totally dazzling, with the original gauges replaced by nice-looking Daktoa Digital dials. Sharp-eyed viewers will spot the A/C vents under the dash, which are effective without changing the character of the interior. There is an AM/FM/cassette radio, and there was no cutting to install it properly. In back, the trunk was restored with a rubber mat and there’s a space-saver spare and jack assembly to make it road-worthy.

Power comes from a well-dressed 5.3 liter LS V8 that came from a 2013 Tahoe. Professionally installed and with just 20,000 miles on the donor powertrain, it looks and acts like the factory put it there. Modern amenities include factory fuel injection, so it starts and idles like your daily driver and actually pulls down decent fuel economy on the open road. Wiring and plumbing is neatly installed and with a big aluminum radiator up front, keeping things cool is no big deal. Underneath there’s a slick-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission from the same Tahoe, a nice upgrade over the original 2-speed PowerGlide. Custom manifolds feed a mellow-sounding dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers while the suspension and brakes have been fully rebuilt with disc brakes at both ends. It rides on a set of traditional Rally wheels with 15-inch BFGoodrich radials all around.

It’s rare to see cars this nice, and when one like this shows up at a cruise night or car show, it’s obvious where the big money was spent. From the superb paint and bodywork to the rumbling V8 under the hood, it’s a car that will delight you every time you see it in the garage or climb behind the wheel, which is what this hobby is all about. Call today!

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