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Once in a while, we come across a classic car that restores our faith some hobbyists remain realistic about the price of their Hot Rod. That’s exactly what we thought when we came across this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Four Door Station Wagon Hot Rod currently posted here on Craigslist in Harrington, Delaware where the current caretaker is asking $16,500. Relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for a stock example shows the seller has his Bel Air priced slightly higher than halfway between the #3 “Good” level of $18,300 and the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $12,300.  If you are serious about this wagon you can call the seller directly at (302) 943-3714.

Chevrolet introduced the completely redesigned second generation Bel Air for 1955, calling it “The Hot One” in their advertising that year.  With its crisp, clean styling, up level trim features such as interior carpet, and the availability of Chevy’s new small block V8, the Bel Air became a huge hit.  Combined slightly restyled sister cars from the next two model years ’56 and ’57, these “Shoe Box” or “Tri-Five” full-size Chevrolets not only became the darlings of Hot Rodders, they are usually one of the first cars to come to mind when someone mentions the “fabulous fifties.”

The current caretaker does not provide much of description other than to say his ’55 “runs great” and is now equipped with a 350 cubic inch small block V8 connected to a TurboHydramatic 350 automatic transmission. Based on the pictures provided, this appears to be a solid example with a presentable paint job.  If an in-person inspection confirms the condition of the car, this will make a great winter project to start adding your own touches before you start cruising with friends and family next spring.  Good luck with the purchase!

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