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AutoHunter Spotlight: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

"A whole new concept of low-cost motoring!"


Featured on AutoHunter, the online auction platform driven by, is this 350-Powered Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe.

“Pick out the newest new car in America,” proclaimed a television commercial when the 1955 Chevrolet made its debut. “Each bright new model features show-car styling all its own!” There was a lot to be excited about: Hat room, hip room, and shoulder room were all increased. Visibility was enhanced thanks to a “sweep-side” windshield, and the chassis benefitted from a “glide ride” suspension as well as anti-dive braking control. Talk about innovation!

The largest motor that was available in the “tri-five” 1955 through 1957 Bel Air models was a Turbo-Fire 283cid small-block V8, but today’s feature car ramps up the power a notch courtesy of a larger 350cid motor. In addition to a modernized motor, this Bel Air delivers conveniences like air conditioning, disc brakes, and power steering. The car is being offered by a dealer in North Andover, Massachusetts and the auction ends on Monday.

Bill Mitchell, lead of design at General Motors in the 1950s, gave the Bel Air a revolutionary new look in 1955. This marked a departure from the longstanding aesthetic of having curved fenders. Instead, the car took on design language that became known as “shoebox” styling. Today’s car rides on a set of 15-inch American Racing wheels that give a custom stance to the otherwise original-looking exterior. The cabin is upgraded too, and it features a floor-mounted B&M shifter, auxiliary gauges, a retro-look audio system connected to a trunk-mounted disc changer, and air conditioning.

Another fun commercial shows some of the innovation behind the Bel Air’s three available engines in 1955. Power for today’s car, of course, comes from the upsized 350cid small-block V8 mated to a floor-shifted three-speed automatic transmission, and the selling dealer has provided a video of the car idling smoothly. The car sounds great – especially from the back where its dual exhaust system emits a distinctive rumble.

“To experience a whole new concept of low-cost motoring, drive the new Motoramic Chevrolet,” says a Bel Air commercial in closing. Does the idea of low-cost motoring appeal to you? Well, here’s your chance! Swing by the AutoHunter listing and follow the auction for this Primrose and white two-tone beauty.

The auction for this 350-Powered Chevrolet Bel Air ends Monday, December 18, 2023 at 12:45 p.m. (MST)

Visit the AutoHunter listing for more information and photo gallery

Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine,, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.


  1. Good to see they never ruined it by lowering it or by putting stupid tires and rims also kept a color to match the year kudos!

  2. I love the color. Actually it’s my all-time favorite car. The tri-five group were the best but I’m partial to the 55. Great “bright work” on that car and the interior is great. Good show!!!

    • The writer never claimed the 283 was available in 1955-56. Additionally, the 283 was available from the introduction of the 1957 model year.


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