1955 Chevrolet Belair 4 Door Sedan For Sale. 265 CID V8 (correct f engine code), 2 speed power glide transmissions, updated charging system, A/C, 14” painted steel wheels with wide white wall radial tires, hub caps, two tone paint, chrome sport mirrors, two tone cloth/vinyl bench seat interior, upgraded AM/FM radio, body off restoration with photo book. This classic Chevrolet is an attention grabber and a blast to jump into with friends for a night on the town.
The 1955 Chevrolet (sometimes referred to as ’55 Chevy) is an automobile that was made by Chevrolet in 1955. It is considered a huge turning point for the manufacturer and a major success. It was available in three models: the 150, 210, and Bel Air.
The ’55 Chevy was the first successful Chevrolet with an optional V8 engine. Chevrolet had produced an earlier car with a V8 in 1918 (Chevrolet Series D), which used a 36-horsepower and 288-cubic-inch V8, but it remained in production for only a year. In 1955, Chevrolet decided to fit its new car with an overhead valve V8 engine design, which was similar to the 1949 Oldsmobile “Rocket 88” V8 engine. The new 265-cubic-inch overhead valve V8 was designed to be smaller, lighter, and more powerful than previous V8s in the auto industry.
The new small block V8 was relatively easy to maintain however to keep performance and mileage levels high required spark plug and ignition points to be replaced on a regular basis. The small block Chevy V8 became so popular that Chevrolet still sells it today as an over the counter replacement engine or better known as a “crate engine”. There have been various changes made to the engine to modernize it since its introduction in 1954 however the basic design of the original 265 remains in place.