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383-Powered 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

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383-Powered 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

Highest Bid: $31,500 (USD) by: CheeselessBerger

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Blythe, California


2,000 (Mi)

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383ci V8


Private Party






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Vehicle Story

The seller acquired this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air from the original owner in 1970, and a frame on restoration was completed in 2019. Power comes from a 383ci stroked V8 producing 520hp and mated to a Muncie 4-speed manual gearbox. The body was stripped to bare metal and repainted red and white, while the interior is trimmed in new black and red vinyl. Upgrades include new wiring, a modern instrument panel with new gauges, a T-handle shifter, front disc brakes, an updated suspension, and more. This two-owner car shows under 2,200 miles since the restoration and is offered with a shop manual, miscellaneous spare parts, and a clean California title in the seller's name. 

The body was stripped to bare metal and repainted in the current red and white scheme two years ago at La Best Auto Body and Collision in Tujunga, California. Brightwork and badging are present, and gallery photos show the overall condition of the exterior.

The car sits on 15"x7" Cooper Cobra tires in front and 15”x8“ rubber in the rear. 

New black vinyl covers the front and rear bench seats and red vinyl covers the door panels. Black carpet and a Hurst T-handle shifter are fitted.

Chevy "Bel Era" Danchuk gauges replace the factory instrument cluster and the car retains its AM radio and analog clock. The odometer reads 2,185 miles, all of which have been added since the restoration. The seller states that the under-dash wiring needs to be redone and reports that a complete wiring loom will go with the car.

Power is provided by a 383ci stroker V8 with a Holley 4-barrel 650cfm carburetor, which replaced the factory 265ci V8. It is mated to a Muncie 4-speed "Rock Crusher" gearbox. Edelbrock performance upgrades include an aluminum radiator and valve covers as well as a dual-snorkel air intake.

Handling is managed by factory steering, and the seller added new bushings, shocks, rear leaf springs, and A-arms at the time of the build. Also added were new front disc brakes, a new master cylinder, and a dual Flowmaster exhaust system. Photos show that the driveshaft and fuel tank straps are painted red.

Miscellaneous parts, including complete wiring loom, a shop manual, and the seller's 1970 California registration tag will go with the car.

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Comments & Questions

March 08, 2021
11:27 AM

At this price someone is going to get a bargain.

March 07, 2021
12:14 PM

@IdahoSlim Per the seller, "That is because I’m an amateur video person. And I laid my phone down on the seat to back it out from where it was parked."

March 07, 2021
09:38 AM

Video goes dark halfway through ??

March 06, 2021
03:58 PM

@TWOTEN Per the seller: The car has a fresh stock rear end. No posi-traction or traction bars (front or rear). Only fresh stock sway equipment. An 11” clutch and pressure plate, and new flywheel.

March 06, 2021
10:23 AM

Curious about the rear end. Looks stock. Is it a Chevy 10-bolt? Positraction? What sort of gear ratio is it? Traction bars? Sway bars front and/or rear? What sort of clutch/pressure plate setup? Thanks

March 03, 2021
08:27 AM

A video of the gauge cluster operating with the engine running in the background has been attached. Sound up.

March 02, 2021
02:43 PM

@Gland Per the seller, the exterior was indeed turquoise and white prior to the repaint.

March 02, 2021
01:57 PM

Beautiful car! Would love to hear the motor, too.

March 02, 2021
01:30 PM

Was the car originally turquoise and white? Do you have any videos of it running?

March 01, 2021
01:55 PM

@360burnout – Clean ride! How's it do on cold starts? ...

It starts easy on cold starts. Thanks Keith

March 01, 2021
08:44 AM

Clean ride! How's it do on cold starts?

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