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1955 Chevy Bel Air - Turquoise Gem


1955 was an important year for Chevrolet. It marked the first year of the iconic model that would eventually become known by fans as the Tri Five. The top-trim version of this Chevy model was the Bel Air, which could be ordered as either a standard two-door "post" version with a B-pillar at the midpoint of the roof, or a pillarless "hardtop" version. The '55 Bel Air also featured extra chrome trim and a selection of more than a dozen eye-catching two-tone color combinations.


This 1955 Chevy Bel Air belongs to Sherman Glenn, of Westminster, California. Sherman's Bel Air received a full frame-off restoration, producing the stunning results seen in these photos. The car is a two-door post model, and originally rolled off the assembly line with a 235ci 6-cylinder engine.


When Sherman restored his 1955 Bel Air, he replaced the tired inline-six with a newer 350ci small block V8. This engine makes substantially more power and torque than the original, and shifts smoothly thanks to a TH-350 automatic transmission.


The exterior appearance matches the car's original two-tone color combination. Regal Turquoise covers the front end and lower section of the body, while elegant India Ivory white was applied to the roof and rear. A set of chrome 5-spoke wheels and a disc brake conversion kit accent this classic paint scheme.


Sherman's '55 Bel Air looks great now that it has been restored. The turquoise paint is a real attention-getter at shows, and even on quick trips around town. This isn't a color you'll see on many new cars these days, but it definitely looks just right on this classic Chevy.


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