Today’s car is a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible and it is owned by Richard Garcia. It is finished in a two tone paint combination of Regal Turquoise and India Ivory with a matching Ivory and Turquoise interior with a GM White vinyl convertible top. It is powered by a 180 hp, 265 cu in, 4.3 liter, “Turbo-Fire” V8 with a single Rochester 4-bbl carburetor. It transfers that power through a 2 speed Powerglide automatic transmission and delivering that power to the rear wheels through 3.55:1 rear end. This car is optioned with power steering, power assist brakes. and power windows.
The new features to the 1955 Chevrolet were the 12 volt electrical system, sweep-side windshield, knee action front suspension, anti dive brakes, ball race steering , swing type pedals, a more ridged frame, high hood ventilation, and tubeless tires.
The MSRP for the base model 1955 Bel Air Convertible was $2,305.00. The total number of 1955 Chevrolets produced was 1,775,952, of which 800,968 were Bel Air’s and of those 42,278 were convertibles. The published top speed was 104 mph with a 0 – 60 mph time of 10.6 seconds. This is an beautiful original restoration that is highly optioned and will do great at an all GM and Chevrolet Car Show, Coffee and Car events, or just driving up the coast, with the top down of coarse. Thanks for riding along. Frank