1955 Chevy Bel Air, 150 & 250
1955 was a good year for the Chevrolet branch of General Motors. The 1955 Chevy models were the first to include the legendary small block V8 that the car company has produced longer than any other engine. No other engine in the world has been mass-produced for so long. At the time, though, the V8 was only an option on the 1955 Chevy models, which included the 150, 210, and Bel Air.
The 1955 Chevy 150 came out largely as a fleet car and the company barely bothered to advertise it to the general public. It served as a no-frills, inexpensive vehicle that came in a four- and two-door sedan style, as well as a utility sedan, station wagon, and sedan delivery model type. Everything about the 150 was plain and practical. Today, collectors rarely get excited about a 1955 Chevy 150, unless they can track down one of the utility or delivery sedans.
Next in the 1955 Chevy line up, the 210 series included a few more options and more styling than the 150. Designed to be a mid-range car, the 210 was popular during its run, especially when redesigned for 1955. For those who could not afford the expense of the top-of-the-line Bel Air, the 210 was a reasonable compromise. For collectors, a 1955 Chevy 210 is a good find.
A 1955 Chevy Bel Air, however is even better. This high-end, full-sized model was the best that Chevy had to offer in the 1950s. In 1955, the popular model got new styling, and the V8 option, which made it an even better seller. The luxurious trim on the Bel Air, such as carpeted interior, plenty of chrome, and full wheel covers, gave this model the luxe look that some buyers wanted back in 1955. Today, collectors love the Bel Air, and the 1955 model is one of the most desirable.