1955 Chevrolet

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Two Door Hardtop


1955 was the first year of the "Tri-Five" Chevies, a complete redesign of the full-size Chevrolet line. It also saw the introduction of Chevy's now famous small block V-8 engine, which initially had a displacement 265 cubic inches and produced 162 to 195 horsepower. An inline six cylinder engine of 235 cubic inches and 136 horsepower was also available.

The 55 Chevy was available in three models, the 150, the 210, and the Bel Air. They came in four-door and two-door sedans (a B-pillar at the rear of the front door), two door coupes (no B-pillar), two-door convertibles, or as four-door or two-door station wagons. The two-door Bel Air station wagon was known as the Nomad.

1955 Chevrolet Key Differences

Key differences of the 1955 Chevrolet include a narrow (not full-width) front grill, unique tail lights, and different side chrome trim.

Similar Years

1955 - 1957 Chevrolets share the same basic design with slight body and trim variations from year to year. Each year is distinct enough to be easily identified.

How to Identify a 1955 Chevrolet


  • "Tri-Five" body style (1955 - 1957)

1955 Chevrolet Grill

  • Front grill does not extend the full width of the car (1955)

1955 Chevrolet Tail Lights

  • Tail lights are specific to the 1955 model (1955)

1955 Chevrolet Rear Fenders

  • Rear fenders and trim are unique to the 55 Chevy (1955)

1955 Chevrolet Hood Ornament

  • Unique design for the '55 Chevy, though the '56 is similar (1955)

1955 Chevrolet B-Pillar

  • B-pillar between the front and rear side windows on a two-door sedan (1955 - 1957)

1955 Chevrolet Coupe Hardtop

  • No B-pillar between the front and rear side windows on a two-door coupe (1955 - 1957)
  • Bel-Air side trim shown (other models are different)

1955 Chevrolet Four-Door Side Trim

  • Side trim on a 4-door 1955 Chevy (1955)

1955 Chevrolet Four-Door

  • Four-door version of a 1955 Chev

1955 Chevrolet 210 Station Wagon

  • Station wagon four-door 1955 Chevy

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