The 1955 Chevrolet offered many firsts for Chevrolet, including a change from a 6-volt to a 12-volt electrical system. The ‘55 offered new options like air conditioning, power windows, power seats, power steering and power brakes. Other options included automatic light dimmers, door handle protectors, bumper protectors and “wonder-bar” radios. So many new options were available that some referred to the car as “Chevy’s little Cadillac.” Never before had so many options been offered for a car in the low-price field.
The 55’s top trim offering was the Bel-Air, which had more chrome than the 150 or 210. The Bel-Air and 210 could be bought with a post between the front and rear passenger windows, or without a post. Without a post it was known as a “Hardtop,” which came only in a two-door and was not offered in a four-door hard top until 1956. The two-door hardtop was also known as the “Sport Coupe.” Since the Sport Coupe had no post between the two side windows, it had a slightly shorter roof and longer rear deck and was only available in Bel-Air trim. Chevy also offered a convertible, with the same shorter roof and longer rear deck as the sport coupe, and it was also offered in Bel-Air trim only.
Imported from the US in 2011 this example was treated to a body off restoration in Europe, this Bel-Air convertible is described to be in condition 1. Equipped with new leather interior, a (hidden) high end audio system and disc brakes to the front, the car is otherwise in its complete original specification. Described by its vendor as running perfectly and driving beautifully with its silk-smooth V8 engine mated to the superb automatic gearbox. This Bel-Air convertible comes with German historic registration documents (TÜV 02/2018) and FIVA passport enabling it to participate in the most prestigious historic motorsport events. Simply superb.