1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

RKM Built Bel Air Pro Touring EFI LS3 V8 4L60E 4 Speed C4 Suspension A/C PS
Stock #
135712
Body Style
Sedan
Engine
LS3 6.2L V8
Exterior Color
Silver & Green
Interior Color
Gray & Green
Miles
1164

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Why Buy
  • 6.2 liter Chevrolet Performance LS376/525 V8 / 525 horsepower
  • Art Morrison chassis / Fourth generation Corvette suspension
  • Custom PPG Jade Metallic and Mercedes-Benz Silver paint
  • Sale includes restoration photos and restoration receipts
  • Custom Kooks exhaust
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering / 4-wheel power disc brakes
  • Custom genuine leather interior / Vintage Air conditioning / Modern audio
  • GM 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission / Limited-slip differential / 3.73 gears
  • 18 and 20-inch Billet Specialties wheels
  • Frame-off, rotisserie build completed in early 2016 / Build completed by the RKM Performance Center

SUMMARY

  • Frame-off, rotisserie build completed in early 2016 / Build completed by the RKM Performance Center
  • 6.2 liter Chevrolet Performance LS376/525 V8 / 525 horsepower
  • GM 4L60E 4-speed automatic transmission / Limited-slip differential / 3.73 gears
  • Custom genuine leather interior / Vintage Air conditioning / Modern audio
  • Custom PPG Jade Metallic and Mercedes-Benz Silver paint
  • Art Morrison chassis / Fourth generation Corvette suspension
  • Power rack-and-pinion steering / 4-wheel power disc brakes
  • 18 and 20-inch Billet Specialties wheels
  • Custom Kooks exhaust
  • Sale includes restoration photos and restoration receipts

As the old saying goes: in life, only three things are guaranteed – death, taxes and Bel Airs at classic car events. At least, that’s how the saying goes in OUR octane-fueled world. Of course, that list is a little unfair to tri-fives because, unlike death and taxes, old school Chevys are a lot of fun. And this RKM-built sedan, with its massaged LS3, incredible aesthetics and thoroughly modern mechanicals, blends an array of custom, driver-friendly attributes into a pro-touring package that virtually anyone can enjoy!

HISTORY/BUILD

Sure, this killer combination of green and silver wasn’t on the Chevy color chart back in 1955, but it certainly looks the part on this awesome Bel Air. These cars lend themselves to classic 2-tone better than anything in the hobby, and this hardtop’s remarkable combination of Jade Metallic and Mercedes-Benz Silver certainly freshens up a timeless hot rod paint scheme. Interestingly, that scheme, and the car it’s sealed to, came about through quite a bit of observation and planning. For starters, this Chevy’s present owner purchased a clean classic from our RK Motors Charlotte inventory page. Then he cited a second Bel Air from our sold inventory page, that he loved the appearance of. Finally, he contracted the pros at our own RKM Performance Center to combine solid metal and lofty vision into an incredible, 6-figure pro-tourer.

The build began when the car was fully disassembled, mounted to a rotisserie and completely soda-blasted of its predictable Candy Red pigment. As we assumed, all steel was solid with the exception of the hood, which was replaced by a high quality reproduction piece. After some epoxy, a bit of primer and hours of blocking, the scene was set for wet-looking PPG 2-stage. But, as you probably noticed, the car that inspired this Bel Air’s paint scheme actually had a Champagne Metallic base. Well, everyone seemed to agree that Mercedes-Benz Silver was a bit fresher looking. And as for the Jade, it was lifted directly from the muse with one exception: Fab Manager Darell Johnston mixed in copious gold flake to make it REALLY pop. The build was completed in early 2016, just in time for the car’s owner to enjoy a full season of cruising. And, as you can tell from our high resolution photography, the RKM Performance Center’s level of expertise pretty much speaks for itself.

Despite a relatively custom appearance, this bowtie’s finishing pieces look so natural they could be mistaken for factory-spec. At the front of the car, a guarded bumper rides beneath a polished grille, clear parking lamps and bright halogen headlights. At the top of that grille, a peaked hood hangs an ornate Chevrolet crest opposite smoked glass that’s founded in polished stainless and cleared by electric wipers. At the base of that post greenhouse, chrome door handles and classy Bel Air emblems dodge a polished driver’s mirror and traditional trim spears. And at the back of that trim, retro blue-dot tail lamps illuminate polished exhaust tips, a second Chevrolet crest and a second guarded bumper.

ENGINE

Glance under this Chevy’s domed hood and you’ll find a gorgeous Chevrolet Performance LS376/525 that’s been built, polished and tweaked to 10.7 to 1 compression and a stout 525 horsepower! At the top of the block, custom cold air components funnel wind in to a proven GM throttle body, which feeds a lightweight GM intake. That air meets spark in rectangular-port L92-style heads, which hide high-rate springs under polished Holley valve covers. A nodular crank, powdered connecting rods and hypereutectic pistons compress that volatile union. A racing-inspired ASA cam maximizes intake efficiency through better breathing. Speaking of breathing, the smooth mill funnels spent gases through ceramic-coated Sanderson headers. There’s a polished Be Cool radiator that’s slid between a polished condenser and spry puller fans. Modern serpentine components spin a rebuilt alternator beside a GM water pump. Quality ancillaries abound, including fresh AC Delco plug wires, a proven Wilwood master cylinder and polished Eddie Motorsports hood supports. And the car’s smooth, Mercedes Silver engine bay is detailed with niceties like trick dipsticks, custom fuel rail covers, a polished expansion tank and a Mercedes Silver intake shroud.

DRIVETRAIN/SUSPENSION

Structurally, the ’55 Chevrolet is an extremely versatile platform that can accept a wide variety of enhancements. And one look under this Bel Air provides a glimpse of how major modification can make a major difference. A full Art Morrison chassis rolls on a fourth generation Corvette suspension that’s supplemented with adjustable coil-over-shocks. Behind the hot small block, a 3,000 RPM stall converter kicks a GM-supplied 4L60E 4-speed, which easily torques a limited-slip differential and big, 3.73 gears. At the front of the car, aluminum control arms frame power rack-and-pinion steering. Stops come courtesy of Baer and Corvette calipers, which utilize hydroboost assist to squeeze drilled and slotted rotors. An official soundtrack is composed by $2,350 worth of custom exhaust, installed by Kooks of Statesville, North Carolina, which wraps stainless, Mandrel-bent pipes around beefy mufflers. Grip is provided by stylish Billet Specialties blades, which spin 235/40ZR18 Michelin Pilot Super Sports in front of 275/35ZR20 Michelin Pilot Super Sports. And everything, from the car’s finished floors to its fresh fuel tank, is purpose-built to tackle the asphalt.

INTERIOR

Between the doors, traditional ‘50s style is augmented with $16,500 worth of custom leather that was installed by Chuck’s Hot Rod Interiors of Mooresville, North Carolina. The car’s gray and green seats, firm buckets that were sourced from a 2011 Camaro, feature power operation for both the driver and front passenger. In front of those thrones, a leather-capped dash dresses Dakota Digital telemetry and Vintage Air Gen III climate control in bowtie-branded stainless. Below that dash, a custom, full-length console anchors a short Lokar shifter between chrome power window switches and Pioneer touchscreen audio. Beneath that island, clean Daytona Carpet floats piped and color-keyed floor mats between stylized foot pedals and thorough Dynamat insulation. Opposite that rug, a German Wool headliner frames a polished mirror and custom dome lamp. In front of the driver, a small diameter steering wheel laps a tilting Ididit column. At the sides of the passengers, custom door panels hang sculpted grabs beneath billet handles and color-keyed frames. And behind the cockpit, a custom-upholstered trunk hides a built-in battery tender beside $2,100 worth of sound equipment that includes a JL Audio amp, JL Audio speakers, a hidden antenna and a JL Audio subwoofer.

OUR SALE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION

  • Restoration photos
  • Restoration receipts

To borrow a quote from Ed Cole, former Chevrolet Chief Engineer: “We got a big kick out of designing this new Chevrolet, and you will get an even bigger one out of driving it.” Fun was, and is, an inherent part of building or driving any tri-five Chevy. And, with its impressive engine, comfortable interior and relentless style, this slick ’55 is sure to be a blast! If you’re ready to own a classic that can truly do it all, fire up your phone, clear some garage space and claim this awesome pro-tourer!

Basic

Year
1955
Make
Chevrolet
Secondary Make
n/a
Model Name
Bel Air
Secondary Model
n/a
Vehicle Type
Passenger Car
Hobby Segment
Resto-Mod
Mileage
1164

Engine / Transmission

Engine Type
Gasoline
Engine Size
LS3 6.2L V8
Engine Number
n/a
Heads
Stock
Fuel Specification
92/93 Octane
Fuel Delivery System Type
Electronic Fuel Injection
Transmission Type
4 Speed Automatic
Transmission Spec
4L60E
Transmission Number
n/a

Misc

Entertainment System Type
AM/FM Single CD
Battery Location
Trunk
Battery Shut Off
n/a
Battery Charger
Built-in battery tender.
Power Steering
Yes
Air Conditioning
Yes

Interior

Interior Color
Gray & Green
Seating Type
Bucket
Seat Material
Leather
Shifter Type
Floor
Center Console
Yes

Body

Body Style
Sedan
Doors
2
Safe Body Color
Silver & Green
Paint Type
Basecoat/Clearcoat
Stripes
No

Chassis

Front Suspension Type
Double A-arm
Rear Suspension Type
Independent
Axle Specification
Dana 44
Front Wheel Specification
18"
Rear Wheel Specification
20"
Front Tire Specification
235/40ZR18
Rear Tire Specification
275/35ZR20
Front Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Rear Brakes Specification
Power Disc
Spare
n/a
Exhaust Type
Dual Exhaust
Muffler Type
n/a

History

Restoration Status
Restored
Mileage Since Restoration
n/a
Awards Summary
n/a
Historical Documents Summary
* Restoration photos. * Restoration receipts.

Our Service Programs

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