Buyer learns history of his ’55 Chevy

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Buyer learns history of his 1955 Chevy | ClassicCars.com Journal

Having been in the car hobby all my life, mostly street rods, I decided to change to a classic. After selling my 1940 Ford, I started cruising the internet looking for the right 1955 Chevy.

I found mine in Wisconsin, where it was part of a nine-car Chevy Bel Air collection. I flew there to inspect it, bought it and shipped it home.

Once I got the car home I realized what a beautiful restoration it was and wanted to find out the history. I contacted Bill Gould of AutoAncestry in Plymouth, Massachusetts, for help.

Starting with the VIN, he determined it was a California car, and was able to contact the first restoration shop that did the work in 1985 and the second shop that did the work in 1995 to bring it to show-car level.

The car competed in shows throughout the West including the Classic Chevy International show in Reno, Nevada, where it scored 993 points.

The ’55 was sold to the collector in Wisconsin in 2005 and I bought it in 2014.

With Bill’s help I was able to talk to the restorers myself and got a lot of great info on both restorations.

— Larry Moskowitz, Mohegan Lake NY

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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