1955 Chevrolet

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.

One-Fifty (150)
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.

ModelList Price ($ dollars)Production
6 cylinderV8
15022 Door Sedan1685178466,416
15034 Door Sedan1726182729,898
15122 Door Utility Sedan159316921,196
1529Handyman, 2 Door Wagon2030212917,936

Two-Ten (210)
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.

ModelList Price ($ dollars)Production
6 cylinderV8
21022 Door Sedan17751674249,105
21034 Door Sedan18191918317,724
2109Townsman, 4 Door Wagon2127222682,303
2124Delray, 2 Door Club Coupe18351934115,584
2129Handyman, 2 Door Wagon2079217629,918
21542 Door Coupe1959205811,675

Bel Air
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.

ModelList Price ($ dollars)Production
6 cylinderV8
24022 Door Sedan16682031168,313
24034 Door Sedan16681987345,372
2409Beauville, 4 Door Wagon2262236124,313
2429Nomad, 2 Door Wagon247225716,103
2434Convertible Coupe2206230541,292
24542 Door Hardtop20672166185,562

More information is available in this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe article.