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Lot 16

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

SOLD $61,600

Estimate

$80,000 - $110,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

VC55F224216

Car Highlights

Recent Professional Restoration by Marque Experts
Stunning Two-Tone Color Combination
Restored by Bill Potts and Custom Classics
Powered by Legendary 265 CID Small-Block V-8 Engine
An American Icon Ready for Shows and Local Cruise-Ins

Technical Specs

265 CID OHV V-8 Engine
Single 2-Barrel Carburetor
162 BHP at 4,400 RPM
2-Speed Powerglide Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Live Axle with Leaf Springs
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Introduced in 1950 as the name for Chevrolet two-door hardtops, the Bel Air would become a premium trim level for numerous body styles starting in 1953. For the 1955 model year, Chevrolet would completely redesign its full-size model, creating a true American icon. Utilizing taut lines and a Ferrari-inspired grille, the 1955 Bel Air would bring the first production application of the legendary “small-block” V-8 engine. Offered as an option, the 265 cid V-8 was rated at 162 hp and propelled the Bel Air to 60 mph in 12.9 seconds, according to period road testing by Car and Driver magazine. Known as the “Tri-Five” generation of Chevrolets, the 1955–1957 Bel Airs remain as popular today as they were when new.

This stunning 1955 Bel Air Convertible is a tremendous expression of the many charms of the model. While its early history is not known, in 2006, the Chevrolet was purchased by noted collector Stephen Plaster, and it became part of his massive collection. Purchased by the consignor in 2011, the Bel Air was then given a comprehensive restoration by Bill Potts, who did the mechanicals, and Custom Classics, who restored the body in stunning Gypsy Red with a contrasting tail. Since restoration, this amazing example of Americana has seen fastidious care as part of the consignor’s world-class collection. It stands ready to supply a new owner with the miles of smiles that can only be provided by an American convertible.