1955 was a big year in automobile history. Most of the major manufacturers had an all-new lineup of cars available. Ford had given their cars a much more exciting look, Chrysler had introduced their "Forward Look" and Chevrolet announced the "Hot One"
Arguably among the most iconic cars of the fifties, Chevrolet had achieved a look that had transformed their image from somewhat conservative to young and vibrant literally overnight. This new look sat on a brand-new chassis and, importantly, there was now a V8 on offer.
This India Ivory / Gypsy Red (code 617) Bel Air Convertible is equipped with a 265 V8 and originally came with a 3-speed manual transmission.
Chevy built 41,292 of this model and well in excess of 1.7 million cars in total for the 1955 model year!
Note the V8 emblems located below the taillights that are obviously found only on the V8 equipped cars.
The '55 Chevy was available in 14 solid colors and 23 two-tone combinations.
Inside this Bel Air is matching two-tone green vinyl interior. That's the tissue dispenser that you see mounted mounted under the dash in the center. Below that you'll see the non-standard 4-speed stick shift.
Under the hood sits a 265 cubic inch V8 with the desirable power pack option (that's a rochester 4-barrel carburetor with dual exhaust). This combination gives an extra 18 horsepower over the 162 hp of the standard V8.
A Bel Air convertible would have cost you $2,206 for the base model which was powered by the Blue Flame 6 engine with three-on-the-tree manual transmission. An extra $99 got you the new, 265 V8 engine ($134 for the Power Pack version). Powerglide automatic transmission, if you wanted it, was a further $178.
This Chevy is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)