1955 Chevy Bel Air Convertible / Photos, Specs, Styling Details

A beautiful 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible which represents the first year of Chevy’s popular Tri-Five automobiles. The Tri-Fives, a name given to these models years later, covered the model years, 1955, 1956 and 1957. Marketers referred to the 55 Chevys as “The Hot One“. Chevrolet dealers began displaying this totally new designed car on October 28, 1954. There were three models…the base 150, the mid-priced 210, and the deluxe Bel Air. Within these three models were sixteen body styles.

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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

The Chevy Bel Air’s from 1955 through 1957 were designated the “second generation” Bel Air’s as opposed to the “first generation” models built from 1950 through 1954.

The 1955 Chevy Bel Air is known for great new styling, performance and quality construction. In the 1950’s, an automobile was one of the highest expressions of American status and independence. and the Detroit automakers built some terrific cars.

Totally New Styling

Styling for the 1955 Chevrolet was totally new compared to anything before it. Chevy literally changed from building little economy sedans to producing sleek automobiles that attracted a younger buyer demographic. The new 1955 Chevrolet had smooth straight panels on the sides and hood.

The 1955 examples highlighted a new grille influenced by Ferrari. The dash board had a Corvette look to it and buyers were offered a two-tone color scheme plus a new V-8 engine was made available. The chrome was minimal and the body lines gave a low profile look. The flared rear quarter panels of the 54 models was gone which gave the 55 model a sleek look.

Looking to 1956, the Chevy Bel Air had a V added to the front of the hood and the side trim ran almost the entire length of the car. In addition the grille on the 56 ran almost the full width of the car.

Targeting a Younger Market

General Motors wanted to attract younger car buyers to it’s dealer showrooms and the younger buyers wanted more horsepower.  The mid 1950’s was a time of drive-in’s and cruising and the younger generation wanted “cool cars”. A cool car at that time was the 1955 Chevy and the 1955 Ford Victoria. Both of these models were top of the line and offered modern styling along with attractive trim.

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The difference between the two had to do with the introduction of Chevy’s 265 cubic inch small block V-8. Two different configurations of this engine delivered impressive horsepower of 162 and 180. The Chevy small block 265 became a very popular high performance engine. To broaden the market of potential buyers who loved the new Chevy styling but weren’t necessarily interested in 0-60 MPH performance there were the automatic transmissions.

1955 Bel Air Features

The all new 1955 Bel Air came with several upgraded features such as stainless steel window moldings, interior carpet, redesigned instrument cluster, and front grille which was inspired by Ferrari.

1955 Chevy Bel Air Specifications

Engines offered with the 1955 Chevy Bel Air included a 235 cubic inch inline six with configurations for 123 and 136 HP along with the 265 cubic inch small block V-8 with configurations for 162 and 180 HP.

Brakes are four wheel hydraulic drums.

Front suspension were coil springs with rear semi elliptic leaf springs.

Dimensions include a 115.0 inch wheelbase, 195.6 inch overall length, 73.0 inch width, 60.5 inch height. Curb weight estimated at 3,330 lbs.

The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible production totaled 41,292 units. This model was priced at $2,300.

The first year of the Tri Five Chevy’s was a huge success. Chevrolet production that year totaled nearly 1.8 million vehicles. According to the book “American Cars of the 1950s” by Robert Genat and David Newhardt, Chevrolet’s accounted for 44% of the low-price passenger cars purchased that year and 24% of all new cars sold that year. The biggest seller for Chevrolet in 1955 was the four door Bel Air Sedan at 366,000 units.

The 1955, 1956, and 1957 Chevys sold in the millions and became the holy Tri-Five, sometimes referred to as Shoebox Chevys (because of their boxy profile).

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1956 Chevy Bel Air Convertible

1955 Ford Fairlane Victoria

Reference material for this article includes..Complete Book of Collectible Cars by the Editors of Consumer Guide..The Hot One, Chevrolet 1955-1957 by Pat Chappell..Chevy Classics : 1955, 1956,1957 by Anthony Young..Tri-Five Chevy Handbook by Jim Richardson.

The 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Collector Car

The 1955 Chevy’s remain very popular collector cars. While the 1957 Chevy Bel Air is one of the popular collector models, many believe the 1955 Chevy, the first year model with the new modern design ranks just as high or higher with some mentioning the milestone status of the 55’s with their new 265 cubic inch V-8. The 1955 Chevrolets overall received very high marks from the public, and sales were excellent that year.

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Current asking prices for the 1955 Chevy Bel Air in very good to excellent condition. can range from $60,000 to $130,000. The convertible Bel Airs can range from about $85,000 to $140,000.

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1955 Chevy 210 Custom Wagon / Photos, Specs, Model History, Styling

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1955 Chevrolet Two Door 210 Wagon

Here is a great looking 1955 Chevrolet Two Door 210 Wagon. This two tone example represented the first year of the Tri-Five Chevys. This covered the model years, 1955, 1956 and 1957. This includes the well-known One-Fifty, Two-Ten, Bel Air, and Nomad models. The 210’s were the popular sporty mid range series with the Bel Air being top of the line.

The 1955 Chevrolet was a milestone car and represented a major move forward for the Chevrolet Division of General Motors.

The first year of the Tri Five Chevy’s was a huge success. Chevrolet production that year totaled nearly 1.8 million vehicles. According to the book “American Cars of the 1950s” by Robert Genat and David Newhardt, Chevrolet’s accounted for 44% of the low-price passenger cars purchased that year and 24% of all new cars sold that year.

1955 Chevrolet Styling

Styling for the 1955 Chevrolet was totally new compared to anything before it. Chevy literally changed from building little economy sedans to producing sleek automobiles that attracted a younger buyer demographic. The new 1955 Chevrolet had smooth straight panels on the sides and hood.

The 1955 examples highlighted a new grille influenced by Ferrari. The dash board had a Corvette look to it and buyers were offered a two-tone color scheme plus a new V-8 engine was made available. The chrome was minimal and the body lines gave a low profile look. The flared rear quarter panels of the 54 models was gone which gave the 55 model a sleek look.

The top of the line Bel Air, the highest priced Chevy passenger car, came with the maximum amount of exterior chrome and bright trim.

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Options for the 1955 Chevy 210

Plenty of options were available for the Chevy 210 Wagon, several of which are standard equipment on most automobiles today. These included backup lights, courtesy lights, air conditioning, deluxe heater and defroster, dual electric windshield wipers. floor mats, electric clock, power brakes, locking gas cap, and more.

1955 Chevrolet 210 Wagon Specifications

Brakes are four wheel hydraulic drums.

Dimensions include a 115.0 inch wheelbase, overall length 197.1 inches74.0 inch width, 60.8 inch height. Curb weight 3,450 lbs.

Total 1955 Chevrolet Production was 1.775,000 vehicles. Out of that number there were only 29,415 two door 210 Handyman Wagons produced. In total, the Chevrolet Division built 160,000 wagons in 1955. The biggest seller for Chevy that model year was the four door Bel Air Sedan at 366,000 units. As far as market share, Chevrolet produced almost 25 % of all new cars sold that year.

In regards to our featured 55 Chevy Two Door 210 Wagon , only 29,400 examples were produced making this a fairly rare classic automobile.

Related Auto Museum Online articles include..

1955 Chevrolet Nomad Wagon

1957 Chevy Bel Air Convertible

Reference material for this article includes..Complete Book of Collectible Cars by the Editors of Consumer Guide..A Guide to Building a Tri-Five Chevy by Ron Ceridono..Tri-Five Chevrolet by Patrick Hill.

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The 1955 Chevrolet 210 Collector Popularity

As sales numbers clearly demonstrate, the 1955 Chevrolet was a big hit with buyers. Here is a milestone automobile that ushered in the modernized Tri-Five Chevy years. All of the Tri-Five Chevy’s including those from 1955 remain popular collector cars.

Those looking to restore or freshen up any of these Tri-Five models should find parts relatively easy to find.

Sale prices for the 1955 Chevrolet 210 Wagon’s in good to excellent condition have been in a range from about $35,000 to $60,000 depending on both condition and originality.

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1967 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T / Photos, Specs, Model History

Featured is a great looking 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T.  The 1967 Dodge Coronet offered buyers some serious performance with powerful V-8’s available. The Coronet was considered Dodge’s lower priced muscle car but with two very powerful engines that stood up against any muscle cars of that era.

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1967 Dodge Coronet 440 RT

The 1960’s marked the beginning of the Dodge muscle car legacy by introducing powerful models such as the Charger and Coronet.

Model History

The Dodge Coronet was produced over seven generations. The first was a full size model coming out for 1949 and that model was Dodge’s top of the line offering. . Four generations ran up through 1959, although in 1955 the Coronet was placed at the bottom of Dodge offerings.

After that the Coronet disappeared until 1965. Three additional generations took the Coronet through 1976 when the model was then cancelled. It was in those years 1965-1970 (fifth generation) that the Dodge Coronet reached the top of it’s power ratings. Many automobile nameplates reached it’s highest horsepower output during the late 60’s.

1967 Dodge Coronet Styling

The “standard” Dodge was the Coronet which included the Coronet Deluxe, 440, 500, SE, and R/T.

For 1967, the Coronet adopted more Charger styling cues, including a new single-piece grille, but the car’s basic profile was unchanged. The Charger was essentially a Coronet with a restyled back end. Also that year Dodge debuted its R/T line on the Coronet, which stood for “Road and Track. The R/T, named with permission of Road & Track magazine, had a false hood scoop and a unique grille along with a standard 440 Magnum engine and handling package.

The 1967 Coronet 440 was available as a convertible, Hardtop and as a station wagon.

Among several things, the Coronet R/T included a unique air intake, not to mention the powerful engine available for this true muscle car.

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1967 Dodge Coronet Specifications

Lot’s of power was offered with the 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T. This R/T trim was available with either a 426 cubic inch Hemi or 440 cubic inch Magnum V-8 which delivered 375 HP. . The 440 came out in 1966. It was not long before the engine was available in full-size sedans and coupes and in intermediates during the horsepower wars of the latter 1960’s.

For 1967, Chrysler made the decision that the Hemi should be available only in their badged muscle cars which included the Dodge Charger, Coronet R/T, and the Plymouth Belvedere GTX.

The 67 Dodge Coronet R/T included a heavy-duty transmission. A Chrysler TorqueFlite three speed automatic and a four speed manual.

Brakes are four wheel hydraulic drums with a front disc brake option.

Dimensions include a 117.0 inch wheelbase, 203.0 inch overall outside length, 75.3 inch width, height 55.0 inches. Curb weight 3,800 lbs.

Total production of the 67 Dodge Coronet 440 was 92,500 vehicles.

The 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T 440 had production of over 10,100 units. Only 300 Hemi equipped Coronets were produced in 1967. In addition there were 116 1967 Dodge Chargers with the Hemi. Another very rare model is the Coronet RT Convertible where only 625 examples were built.

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1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer

1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee

Reference material for this article includes..Hemi Muscle 70 Years: Chrysler, Dodge & Plymouth Performance by author Darwin Holmstrom..Muscle Cars: Kings of the Street From The Golden Era by Auto Editors of Consumer Guide.

 

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The 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T / Great Collector Car

The 1967 Dodge Coronet R/T is a standout muscle car from the late 1960’s muscle car era. The Coronet represented Dodge’s first R/T.  The Coronet was offered only as a full performance car. This included fast engines, stiff police car type suspension, and a speedometer that reached 150 MPH. If you run across a 67 Coronet R/T Hemi you’ve found a very rare example with only about 300 units produced.

Parts for these late 1960’s Dodge Coronets appear to be reasonable available in the aftermarket which is a plus for restorers.

Current asking process for the 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T in good to excellent condition with very high originality generally fall into a range of about $35,000 to $60,000 plus. 

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