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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210

Sale price: $59,000.00 make an offer

Car location: Marietta, Georgia, United States

Sale type: Fixed price listing

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2-Door Sedan
2-Speed w/NO Clutch Pedal
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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 for sale

Current customer rating: current rating for this car(2.15) based on 43 votes

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LOCATION:  Marietta, GA…approximately 20 miles northwest of Atlanta


40 Year ONE-Family Ownership!LWA Performance Engines V8 (Doraville, GA)2-Speed "Clutchless" Transmission (NO Clutch Pedal)BDS BlowerTwin Edelbrock CarbsDakota Digital DashHigh Quality Audio: Pioneer Head-unit, Kicker AmpTrunk-mounted CD Changer4-Wheel Power Disc BrakesManual SteeringPower Front Windows (Rear are Manual)New BatteryCustom InteriorSophisticated "flush to the touch" Purple Flame treatment

    HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE...the 1955 Chevrolet represented a milestone styling change for the make (it had a new chassis too).  The 1954 (by comparison) instantly looked too tall, too narrow and too outdated.  The new 1955's smooth body-sides, flat hood, and flat trunk were all much-needed updates to keep Chevy ahead of Ford - which had its own dramatic styling departure from the industry in 1949. 

The Chevrolet Delray series was named after a Detroit neighborhood, and began in 1954 as trim option to make the 210 series a bit snazzier.  In fact, the stainless body trim on this Delray shown at right, is about the straightest and nicest we have seen!

As the founding year of the famed Tri Five Chevrolets (1955, 1956, 1957) this '55 Delray is a Blue-Chip classic that is poised for a solid future as one of the quintessential American classics from the 1950s. 

BACKGROUND ON THIS CAR…the beautiful '55 210/Delray that you see here was acquired by an avid classic enthusiast in 1981.  For 40 years it was continually modified and improved with more and more investment until it reached the level of sophistication you see here with such features as the LWA Performance Engines V8 under the hood with twin-Edelbrocks and BDS blower.  Impressive custom interior work, Dakota Digital Dash, and high-quality Audio system (Pioneer Head-unit, Kicker Amp, trunk mounted CD changer) round out the build.

Restoration…though it was restored to a high standard, the owner passed away eight years ago, and the car has largely “sat” since that time.  It had been started and driven a little for “exercise”, but not much else was done.  Because the car has always seemed to be a member of the family, it was very difficult for the owner's wife to make the decision to sell, but now that she is down-sizing, it is time.

See the Video on YouTube…Fluids were topped off, the tank was filled, and a new battery was installed.  The car came to life and after a brief warm-up, it idled and drove nicely.  In fact, we posted a YouTube video.  To see it, go to YouTube and search:  1955 Chevrolet Delray with BDS Blower FOR SALE on Ebay!

WHAT TO EXPECT…it is a stunningly beautiful car, but not without faults.  Seasoned classic collectors know that NO car is perfect, and this is no exception.  The exceptionally smooth paint finish has developed paint rash/bubbling – particularly on both rear fenders, but also (though to a far less degree) “here and there” in other areas of the car as well.  The engine has a  high performance cam, and needs warming up for a reliable idle.  With its 2-speed “clutchless” (i.e. no clutch pedal) transmission, it is easy to drive but geared for quick starts off the line.  We do not recommend any high speed highway driving because the engine will rev too high and risk damage.  It was built to be quick – not to go fast – and is most suitable for in-town and leisurely countryside drives.  As is the case with many serious performance cars…there is NO heater OR air-conditioner.  Though it drove well for the video and photo-session, as a 65-year old car that has been largely dormant for eight years; please realize that adjustments, maintenance (changing all fluids is recommended to the new owner, for example), and repairs (see Operational Details) should be expected and considered as part of the reality of classic car ownership.  We do not recommend buying this car to anyone who is not prepared for these basic “facts of life” of vintage/classic car ownership. 

OPERATIONAL DETAILS & QUIRKS…as shown in the YouTube video referenced above, the car warmed up well and gave a nice test drive for the photoshoot.  All external lights work.

The horn is not operational.  There is NO heater or Air Conditioner…this is a performance oriented classic.  Audio system sounded very good with a CD…there is no antenna, so no radio stations (AM or FM) were received. There is a remote control for audio functions, but it did not work (likely just needs a new battery).  Though there IS a digital clock on the far right side of the dash, it is inoperative (the blue lens over the clock is a “press fit” as shown). There are no lighters.  The speedometer cable is disconnected and hangs down a bit under the car (see image at right).  Wipers are inoperative.  The power seats (and their adjustments) do not have a full range of travel, making rear seat access difficult unless you are very young or very acrobatic!  The RPM, Oil and Temp gauges worked during the test drive, the Speedometer and Fuel gauges did not.  Parking Brake was not tested for fear (after sitting 8 years) that it might "stick". We have attempted to make this Operational Report as complete as possible, but please understand that oversights are possible and that changes in condition can occur in time and with use.

IMPORTANT IMAGE NOTES…there are over 175 images, because we want to show you EVERY aspect of this iconic 1955 Chevrolet Delray.THE FIRST 12 PICTURES will give you a general overview. But if you are seriously interested in buying, it is important that you look at ALL 175+ images because we want you to see EVERYTHING. Pictures are arranged in sections detailing the Exterior, Interior, Engine Compartment, Areas with Paint rash/bubbling, and Undercarriage.  Imperfections – when found – are shown throughout.

EXCELLENT INVESTMENT…the 1955 Chevrolet is an iconic American Classic…a true “Blue Chip” automotive Collectible.

VIN DECODING…the B55F171944 VIN# decodes as follows (according to the best internet resources we could find): B = 210 Series (6-Cylinder)  55 = 1955 Model Year  F = Flint, Michigan Assembly Plant  171944 = Production Serial/Sequence 

ODOMETER NOTE…the exact and correct mileage from the time this car was new in 1955 is not known with certainty due to the mechanical limitations of the original odometer's design, and its replacement with a digital readout as part of the Dakota Digital Dash.  The speedometer cable needs repair/reconnection. Therefore, the indicated mileage of 000515 at the time of listing does not represent the actual mileage.

PAYMENT TERMS & INVITATION…a $500 non-refundable deposit via PayPal is required to hold the car for 5 business days, during which time the Bill of Sale must first be fully executed, and the balance paid/cleared in full via bank to bank wire transfer by the due date specified on the Bill of Sale. Serious buyers are invited to examine the car personally by appointment before making a purchase decision, but we are limiting appointments to those who fully intend to buy the car, and are coming only to confirm what we have described and are showing in the 175+ images. 

ABOUT ME…I am an avid Classic Car enthusiast.  After retiring from 30 years of Sales & Marketing in a Global 100 company, I began buying and selling Classic Cars and Collectibles as a collector and for friends and clients.  This classic belongs to the wife of a fellow classic car collector who passed eight years ago.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENT & CONDITION OF SALE REMARKS…Bill of Sale, and Georgia Registration will be provided to the Buyer.  

The state of Georgia does not require titles for vehicles built before 1986.  Therefore, this 1955 Chevrolet Delray was not issued a title.  The Registration document is the legal document of ownership. Every state observes the DMV rules of all other states, therefore this vehicle may be insured, licensed, registered and driven in any state.  Whether it is titled depends upon the DMV Title rules of your state.

This Vehicle is sold strictly on a final and “as-is” basis without any warranties expressed or implied. Even the very best restored classics will require additional maintenance and service - often without warning.  Therefore, please expect to continue - as the new owner and caretaker of this classic - to perform additional maintenance and repairs.  We hope that you are able to enjoy the Delray without the need for an immediate repair - but understand that this indeed could be found necessary.  As seasoned collectors know, every time you start (or attempt to start) a collectible/classic vehicle is a new could be a wonderful ride, or a new repair to undertake.  That is the nature of the hobby, and this classic should not be purchased if you are not prepared for this reality. We have presented the car accurately to the best of our ability, but oversights are possible…so we invite pre-purchase inspection…for serious buyers only.  All sales are final.

Because this car is only lightly driven locally - and is untested for long trips - we recommend that it be transported to its new locale.

We remind you to be sure to review all the images and ALL the captions for this classic - in addition to this description – because they relate important information too!





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