This 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door “Post” is finished in black with a grey interior and is 350ci V8 paired with a 700R 4-speed automatic transmission. The car and received a cosmetic restoration by the previous owner in including a complete repaint, upgraded interior, and new exterior brightwork and trim. Both VIN # and trim tag support the cars local assembly at the nearby Oakland, CA plant with the car retaining its original black/yellow license plates supporting the owners report that the car is a lifelong California car.
The current owner acquired the car in 2003 and it is being offered by the estate of its owner. Equipment includes a push-button AM radio, chrome hubcaps, Bel Air dash trim, and a dual exhaust system. This Bel Air post car is now offered with a shop manual, many receipts/documents for upgrades and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
The VIN # and trim tag decode as follows and support the car being manufactured in nearby Oakland, Ca as a Bel Air model:
VIN # VC550044745
V = V8
C = Bel Air
55 = Model Year (1955)
O = Oakland assembly plant
044745 = Production sequence #
Style NO: 55-10110 = 55 = 1955 / 10110 = Bel Air
Body No: 0 2614 / O = Oakland Assembly Plant 2614 = Sequence #
Trim No: 513 29 = Turquoise / Ivory
012 = India Ivory / Regal Turquoise
The body is finished in dark metallic blue and retains a stock appearance except for upgraded rally wheels. Exterior features include Bel Air trim, tinted windows, front & rear chrome bumpers and bumper guards, drivers side mirror, front & rear black/yellow license plates, and a hardtop roof with B-pillars (2-door post). The car was repainted at some point prior to the owners acquisition when the car received a comprehensive body on restoration. The seller states the paint and exterior brightwork show very well with only minor imperfections including a few flaws that are noted in the photo gallery.
The Chevy rides on a stock ‘55 chassis with a 350c.i engine, 700R 4-speed transmission, and a Ford 9” rear end. In 2006, the engine and transmission were rebuilt and with an estimated XXXX miles being added since the mechanical refreshening. At the time of the rebuild, a blower was fitted that was subsequently removed. The engine compartment is detailed with improved components including an aluminum radiator, Elelbrock carburetor and polished manifold, painless wiring harness, chrome air cleaner & valve covers, and electric wipers.
Power steering is provided by Classic Performance with braking is handled by a dual master cylinder feeding upgraded front disc brakes and rear drums , The car rides on 15″ rally wheels, wrapped in B.F. Goodrich tires that carry date codes of 37/01 (2), 35/01 and 6/13. Exhaust is dual with Flowmaster mufflers and rear chrome tips. The Ford 9” rear end has a ratio 3.50 / 1.
The interior is fitted with custom seating in a combination of gray cloth and leather including a split power front seat, with armrest and color coordinated seat belts. The headliner, carpet, door panels and trim are also finished in matching gray. The driver’s side view mirror is controlled from the interior. The dash includes the original 110 MPH speedometer with the five-digit odometer reading 26,589 with true mileage unknown. Mounted on the steering column is an Autometer tachometer and a 3-guage panel mounted to the drivers left kick panel monitoring temperature, voltage, and oil pressure. An Auto Sound in-dash AM/FM radio plays through 6” x 9” rear deck-lid mounted speakers. Steering wheel is 3 spoke alloy with a Chevrolet logo. The stock, functional analog clock remains in place in the dash.
Photos show a solid undercarriage free from damage and rust through. The trunk is sold and there is no indication of rear end damage. Included is a rubber mat covered by carpet, a jack and spare, and a large fire extinguisher mounted in the trunk.