A new V8 engine and a great new look for 1955 made this year a landmark and exciting year for Chevrolet. The literature shouted – New Look! New Life! New Everything! And that just about sums it up.
With modern, lower bodies and the new wraparound windshield these cars exuded style and class. The front “egg crate” grill was Ferrari like and was flanked by wedge-shaped oval parking lamps. To power these Chevrolet were now using 12 Volt electrics. Engine choice was between the new V8 265 cid and the 6 cylinder 235 cid options.
The family cars were split into 3 series. The One-Fifty, Two-Ten and the Bel Air.
The most basic and lowest priced option in the range. No side chrome was offered except for the Chevrolet script on the side fender.
Overall length of the 150s was 195.6 inches except the Handyman 2 door station wagon that came in at 197.1 inches.
1955 One-Fifty Production Numbers
Next in the line was the 210 and was a little more glitzy. Side chrome was more evident in the form of a side spear on the rear fenders. Added luxuries such as cigar lighter, ash tray, glove compartment light, chrome seat moldings and more luxurious seat fabrics.
1955 Two-Ten Production Numbers
At the top of the line sat the Bel Air. In addition to the rear side spears that were seen on the 210, the Bel Air also sported a front fender/door spear and model nameplates and Chevrolet crest located just behind the slanting vertical chrome slash. In addition the rear spear was painted in the middle.