The 1955 Chevy Bel Air Convertible is one of the most historic car for the automobile industry. One of the record braking sales by Chevy, the Bel Air convertible is certainly a classic that is part of the American history and this turquoise 1955 Chevy Bel Air Convertible found in Japan is certainly a perfect example of a perfected American engineering.
Mituhisa Ishii from Ibaraki, Japan owns this beautiful turquoise 1955 Bel Air which was a popular paint job for Tri-Five owners. The white and turquoise combination for the stock interior enhances the overall beauty of the Bel Air. To further make it more stunning, Mituhisa Ishii installed duel spotlights on the exterior. A compass and Guide traffic light viewer are installed in the dash board and power windows.
Mituhisa installed two old-school hydraulic pumps in the trunk and is controlled by 4 switches bellow the dash which are powered by four batteries. The 4 batteries are enough to power the hydraulics to lift and lower the Bel Air without putting too much strain on them, the hydraulics extend the life of the 13’’ 100 spoke tires.
Mituhisa nicknamed it the Ishii ’55. With a stock 265 SBC engine, it is a great cruiser.
After the Bel Air was fully refurbished and in great condition, Mituhisa added some final touches such as his club plaque. After more than 60 years of existence, the 1955 Chevy Bel Air still looks great and leaving turned head as it passes by.
The sales of Chevrolet skyrocketed beating other competitions after they released the all new fresh style of the 1955 Bel Air. Inspired by Ferrari, its smooth grille horizontally flat on the front of the fenders, and continues into the beltline to have that classic look of the Bel Air.
The Bel Air did not only look great but also had great performance to back it up, powered by the first overhead valve small block V8 engine. The customers could choose between the 235 inline six or the improved 265 cubic inch V8 that comes in two or four barreled carburetors. The four barrel carburetor is the “Power Pack” for the Bel Air that had dual exhaust and can go up to 180 horse power.
Due to its revolutionary success, the 1955 Bel Air is part of the Tri-Five. The Tri-Five are cars that have garnered a number of fans in the classic automobile world which is composed of Chevrolet cars from 1955, 1956, and 1957. The Bel Air convertible was sold for $2,206 during 1955 and only 41,292 of them were sold. Today, they could reach a very high price and as it is a historic car, finding one for sale is a real challenge. Owning one of the Tri-Five