This 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air or a Brand New Tahoe? That Is the Question

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Photo: Garage Kept Motors
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Before it shifted its attention to the crossover and SUV segments, with the occasional EV twist, Chevy used to make some gorgeous cars. The Bel Air can definitely be mentioned here, as it is one of the most defining vehicles signed by the bowtie brand.
Chevy's first tie with the Bel Air moniker dates back to the original car that was made from 1949 to 1954 at multiple factories across the nation. Its successor came out in 1954 and was made for the following three years. Subsequently, the GM-owned brand made additional generations of the model until 1981.

One final official appearance of the Bel Air dates back to 2002 when Chevrolet pulled the wraps off a concept car at the North American International Auto Show. It mixed some styling cues from past models in a (then) modern-looking package, measured 111 inches (2,800 mm) between the axles, and had a 3.5-liter straight-five engine, making up to 315 hp, paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.

Some past Bel Airs that inspired the show car mentioned above included the 1955-1957 vehicles. And if it is this generation that still keeps you up at night, then look no further than the pictured example. As you already know, it is for sale, and the overall good looks, be it outside, in the cabin, or under the hood, should be enough to convince enthusiasts to make an offer.

If it's not, then we should also mention the fact that it's been owned by the same family for the last 30+ years. The car is presented in red and white, rides on new Coker tires with white walls, and has a matching visual setup on the inside. It features the normal chrome trim all around, has a thin steering wheel, a basic dashboard, and 64 miles (102 km) on the clock, presumably since it received some well-deserved work.

Mind you, it's not the top-notch example that you were perhaps looking for, but with a little bit of TLC, it can become a great weekend ride. Power is supplied by the 265 ci engine, a small-block V8 with a 4.3-liter displacement, which is hooked up to an automatic transmission.

Unfortunately, this is where the information provided about this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air ends, as the Garage Kept Motors ad does not say anything else about it. On a more positive note, the listing is accompanied by numerous pictures, which should be enough to determine whether you should say yes or no to it. And if you want more, then you should get in touch with the vendor.

The asking price for this old-timer is $54,900, which is a few hundred dollars more than the MSRP of a base modern-day Tahoe. So, which one would it be if you had to choose?
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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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