OVER $100,000 INVESTED in parts and labor by a perfectionist restorer over a five year period of time. No expense was spared to make this Bel Air among the finest anywhere.
ONE OWNER FOR 46 YEARS...purchased new from CHALKLEY MOTOR COMPANY in Carrollton, GA in January 1955. ORIGINAL sales and finance contracts!
FEBRUARY 2006 FEATURE CAR IN CLASSIC CHEVY MAGAZINE...confirming the car's status as one of the finest 1955 Chevy Bel Airs in the world. Wonderful story about the local cult status that this car had in Georgia...and how the restorer hunted it down and gently prodded the original owner into selling it in 2001. Article also details how the car was driven to California and across the Golden Gate Bridge on a 1955 honeymoon trip! Many, many trophies won for Best of Show...multiple close-ups at right attest to the fact that the restorer had a watchmaker's patience and pride.
MILD CUSTOM, BUILT FOR MODERN ROADS AND THE CLASSIC LOOK: Externally, the car has a virtually "bone stock" look...but with the benefit of front disc brakes and a thoroughly modern drivetrain. The original 3-speed column shift and 6-cylinder engine would not be a lot of fun on today's highways. The wisdom of the decision to upgrade to a ZZ4 350 CID V8 mated to a TH700R4 automatic and 9-inch 3.55 differential is instantly confirmed as you drive this supremely confident and solid '55. Modern "Vintage Air" AC keeps you cool...and a modern AM-FM-CD Player sound system lets you listen to all the cool tunes of the past and present. Gently driven only 11,200 miles since restoration...mostly to vintage car events.
In sum, a top-end classic restoration that is meant to be enjoyed.
FIRST YEAR OF SECOND GENERATION BEL AIR (1955-1957)...with the famed chrome and stainless accents finished to jewelry-like standards throughout. Motor Trend was impressed not only with the looks...but with the handling as well.
After reading this description and viewing all the pictures, please call Jim Murphy if you have any questions: 706-429-7924
PAYMENT DETAILS: Payment is due within 7 days of Sale Agreement. Car will be released to new owner immediately after fully cleared payment.
ABOUT ME: I am an avid car enthusiast. After retiring from 30 years of sales and marketing in a Global 100 company, I began buying and selling classic cars as a collector and for friends and clients. This listing is for a friend and client's car. Many other classics have been sold to happy customers in Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, Russia, Canada, Japan, and throughout the United States.
FINAL DETAILS: The state of Georgia did not begin issuing auto titles until 1963. A BILL OF SALE legally transfers ownership. There is a perfect "chain of ownership" for this 1955 Bel Air from its original purchase in 1955 to 2012. The car also has current State of Georgia registration. Due to age, the vehicle is sold without warranty, expressed or implied.