1955 Chevrolet Belair For Sale. Upgraded 350 V8 engine, 700R4 automatic overdrive transmission, Edelbrock 4 barrel carburetor, headers, dual exhaust, classic performance products upgraded power steering, chrome engine dress up kit, front power disc brakes, A/C, 15” 5 spoke polished alloy wheels with BF Goodrich Radial T/A tires, two tone exterior, custom upholstery with cloth inserts, power windows, tilt steering column, AM/FM/Cassette radio. This 1955 beautiful resto-mod drives fantastic and is loaded with all the option you need. Don’t miss this very special classic Chevrolet!!!
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” in the ’55 Chevy had its problems. Some issues existed with cracked pistons, there was no integrated oil filter, and the factory could only add a bypass one externally—owners had to opt for this external oil filter. The filter was also available as a dealer installed option. Those who did not order the engine with the “oil filter option” dealt with a high frequency of oil changes. This was corrected for the next year when a full flow oil filter system was added to the engine. 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.