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1955-1957 CHEVROLET Bel Air Coupe specifications


These are the cars that best encapsulate the optimistic era of ’50s America, the dawn of rock ‘n’ roll, and any number of roadside diners. The Bel Air tag generically attached to them is actually the range-topping trim level – there was also the One-Fifty and Two-Ten. A radical departure from previous dull and dumpy Chevrolets, each year got a different body styling treatment, with ever-growing fins, and this was the car that introduced the small-block Chevy V8 engine, in 1955. Six-cylinder versions were also available.

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £2,326
  • Price (excellent)
    £20,000
  • Price (good):
    £15,000
  • Price (average):
    £10,000
  • Price (project):
    £5,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    9.7secs
  • Top speed:
    105.0mph
  • Power:
    180.0bhp
  • Torque:
    260.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    17.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V8
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Three-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4978mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2921mm
  • Width:
    1905mm
  • Height:
    1648mm
  • Weight:
    1515kgs

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