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'55 Chevy brochure art

Seeing that we’re in the midst of a celebration of 100 Years of Chevrolet, I thought we’d spend the next few Fridays highlighting some of my favorites from over the years. Feel free to chime in with your favorite Bow-Tie.

First up is the 1955 Bel Air. A complete restyle from the rather dowdy 1954s, it was one of the handsomest on the road in the mid-1950s. The Ferrari-like grille is a favorite, as are the colors — especially some of the two-tone combinations, like the Shadow Gray-over-Coral Bel Air, and the Glacier Blue-over-Shoreline Beige 210 sedan pictured here from the brochure. You can see all of the colors on the chart below (or view the original brochure here). A full-sized car back in 1955, it’s about the same size as a 2012 Malibu, which these days is considered mid-sized (and which only comes in nine colors — and no two-tones!).

'55 Chevy color choices

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • Joseph Coppola

    WHITE OVER RED IS MY CHOICE FOR A ’55 BEL AIR. SOME FOLKS GO NUTS OVER THE ’57, BUT I’D TAKE A ’55 BEL AIR OVER THE ’57 ANYDAY. JUST TOO COOL. I MEAN IT IS “GONE” DADDY-O”!

  • Max

    A lovely machine from any angle and even in its low-end incarnations such as the bare bones 210 4-door sedan or the basic utilitarian station wagon. I wished I’d bought a barn full when they could be had in the 1960’s & 1970’s used car market for a song. Of course, WNY’s road salts were very unforgiving to the ’55’s front fenders; the sheet metal “eyelids” over the headlights rotted out due to backsplash coming from the front tires.

    • Jim Corbran

      Max, I wish I had my Grandpa’s Shadow Gray ’55 210 two-door sedan. Three-on-the-tree w/overdrive, and the 235.5 cu. in. six — I remember it like it was yesterday!