For ’55, Chevrolet restyled its popular economy 150, mid-range 210, and upscale Bel Air models to great commercial success. Along with the introduction of the brand’s long-running small block V8 as an optional engine this year, Chevy was doing very well in the marketplace. The look of the ’55 Chevrolet is classic mid-century. They were low and wide, included a curved, wraparound windshield, a refreshing reduction in chrome fittings, and modest tailfins.
The line-up for the ’55 Chevrolet began with the economical 150 models, generally designed for fleet use. These were police cars, delivery trucks, and work vehicles. They had limited trim, few options, and were about as bare-boned as you could get, but they did their jobs admirably and had a good following of loyal customers. Today, collectors love the 1955 150 utility and delivery sedans in particular.
The 210 models, meant to be mid-sized and mid-ranged in terms of price were a big hit in their market as well. They represented the ’55 Chevrolet that nearly anyone could afford. And for a small step up, buyers could get the Delray trim level that included an upgrade to vinyl upholstery that matched the exterior paint job, carpeting, and other deluxe interior additions.
For those who could afford the best, the ’55 Chevrolet to own was the Bel Air. Among collectors today, this is one of the most desirable of any American car from the 1950s. The styling changes for the 1955 year created an iconic look, and the addition of the optional V8 engine gave this classic car power as well as good looks.
Buyers of the ’55 Bel Air got chrome fender spears, wheel covers, stainless steel window moldings and the choice of the inline-six or small block V8 engine. Body style included several choices as well, such as the two- and four-door hardtops, convertible, sedan, and even two- and four-door wagons. For an iconic, 1950s classic car, you can’t do much better than a ’55 Chevrolet Bel Air.