427 Tri-Power: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Street Machine

Guys With Rides is proud to offer Lot 142, a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop featuring a Tri-Power Topped ’69 Corvette 427 cubic inch Big Block, in an online, reserve-style auction format on behalf of the private seller.

Bidding opened Wednesday, July 27, 2022, and will continue for fourteen (14) consecutive days ending at 3:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, August 10, 2022.

This 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air street machine is currently part of a collection located near Woodbridge, New Jersey, less than one hour’s drive from Newark International Airport.

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Current Bid: $10,000

Chevrolet launched the redesigned full-size car line-up for the 1955 model year. The top trim model was the Bel Air on both two- and four-door hardtop models.  Labeled the “Hot One” in GM’s advertising campaign, Bel Airs came with features found on cars in the lower models ranges, plus interior carpet, chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders, stainless steel window moldings, full wheel covers, and a Ferrari-inspired front grille. For 1955 Chevrolets gained the new 265 cubic inch overhead valve V8.

The 1955 Bel Air Hardtop featured here started life as a V8-equipped California car before receiving a thorough frame-off restoration. However, rather than keep it stock, the restorer elected to go the street machine route by stuffing a Tri-Power-Topped, 435 horsepower, 427 cubic inch big block V8 sourced from a 1969 Corvette.  The engine reportedly was rebuilt and balanced during the restoration. Features include an L-88 Corvette cam, Eagle rods, forged pistons, and a roller timing chain. The block was honed, surfaced, and bored to 433 cubic inches. The Edelbrock aluminum heads were completely reworked, ported, and polished.  The triple carburetors are all dialed in and functional and feature a choke and a triangular Corvette-style air cleaner. The engine receives spark from an MSD ignition system. A polished, oversized BeCool aluminum radiator with an overflow bottle and twin electric fans ensures this big block stays cool.  Long tube headers connect to a Flowmaster exhaust system equipped with a crossover pipe.

Handling the big block’s power is a TPI 700R-4 overdrive automatic transmission featuring a 2,500 RPM stall speed torque convertor.  A nice touch is the transmission cooler equipped with an electric fan that is mounted underneath the driver’s side floor.  A custom Denny’s driveshaft with solid universal u-joints leads back to a Moser Posi-equipped 4.11 rear end featuring 35 spline axles and a Detroit Locker unit.  The rear suspension features two-inch dropped springs and tubular control arms. There is also a remote battery shut-off switch.

The exterior appears very straight with a beautifully applied shade called “Hot Red.” which features a recent ceramic coating application that really makes the paint pop in the sunlight.  Exterior features include one piece California bumpers, rocker trim, fender shields, door handle guards, blue dot taillights, and a 3rd brake light incorporated into the trunk emblem. Setting off the look is a set of classic 15″ Cragar SS chrome rims shod with B.F. Goodrich radial T/As.

Inside, the builder/restorer fitted custom molded door panels in a gray tweed fabric that matches the seats and headliner supported by Bel Air chrome ribs. The dash is painted a mirror finish black with all-new Billet trim that also benefits from a recent ceramic coating. Modern white background gauges and a column-mounted tachometer keep the driver well informed. There’s a retro stereo with kick panel speakers, rear deck speakers, and a CD changer in the trunk.  While the interior is very comfortable, the seller is quick to point out that his Bel Air currently does not offer either heat or air conditioning.

The inside of the trunk has upholstered side panels. The floor is custom carpeted and insulated. There is a full-size spare, aluminum battery, and a very soft custom-fit car cover will be included as part of the sale.

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing you with access to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales year-to-date. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

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Interior Gallery

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Underhood And Undercarriage Gallery

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Tires And Wheels Gallery

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Windows And Mirrors Gallery

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If you have any questions about this vintage 1955 Bel Air Street Machine, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.

  1. D.G.

    Do you have pictures of the under carriage? Please provide pictures of inner fenders, rear quarter panels, inner front structure, and inner trunk section to validate for crash damage, rust, patch panels, or poor quality metal work.

    • Guys with Rides

      In addition to the walk-around video, we just added about one dozen more pictures of the undercarriage and suspension build.

  2. Anonymous

    Can you describe and explain the damage to the the rocker panel near the tranny cooler? Surprised it was not fixed based on rest of build as well as pinch weld damage (easy to repair/weld prior to paint) ?

    Why weren’t the body mounts replaced during restoration (cracked, compressed, and failing) ? Cheap part and easy to do, makes me wonder if there were other short cuts taken???


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