Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe

Occasionally, a new car arrives at just the right moment – and history is made. One such standout in the 100-years of Chevrolet is the 1955 Bel Air. Chevrolet had a “durable, but dull” image in the early 1950s that cried out to be re-energized. The 1955 Chevy, especially in top-level Bel Air guise, did just that. Debuting just as rock n' roll was about to shake America to its cultural roots, the longer, lower and often two-toned 1955 Chevy exuded American optimism. A sizzling new “Turbo-Fire” V-8 – the engine that launched Chevy's legendary small-block engine family – was optional. Chevy ads called the ’55, “The Hot One,” an allusion both to its V-8 performance and record-breaking sales pace.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2009 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

Sources: GM press and RM Auctions

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