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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop Project

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If you want a popular car like this Chevy, you are going to pay a premium or at least get less for your money. It’s a Tri-Five and a two door hardtop, but at $5,500 about as cheap as you’ll see these days. It’s listed here on craigslist in Atlanta. It appears to be mostly completely except for the bits that have rusted away, and very original.

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There is a little daylight showing through the floor of the trunk and no doubt other areas not pictured. The interior looks ready for a new floor and upholstery. Under the hood the parts are all there and some of them may be useable. What do you think the minimum amount of work that could be done to make this drivable? This old Chevy is no doubt rusty in all the usual areas. Is there anything to be done short of a full body off restoration? If you don’t mind a couple of extra doors, just a bit more money will buy a drivable and solid 4 door. So are just two doors worth the premium?


  1. Avatar photo Jim

    Hardtop, v8, stick…$5500 is a fair price

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    • Avatar photo Thomas Dew

      I don’t want to buy this car contact me at 256 405 7507 you m on Anniston Alabama thanks

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  2. Avatar photo JW454

    Well, at least you could get just about anything you would need to restore it plus, they’ve been making aftermarket parts for these for years. It has a stock 55′ two barrel air cleaner but it has mid sixties 327 valve covers on it. Who knows what engine is in it. It may be a good buy.

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  3. Avatar photo Gary I

    You don’t see them any cheaper in the same condition. If you can’t come up with 15 to 20 grand for one this is where you start. With as much as guys love these I am surprised you still find them in the $5,000 range.

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  4. Avatar photo Gary I

    The post has already been deleted, so price must have pretty reasonable because it didn’t last long.

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  5. Avatar photo Jim Capp

    Looks like one of the 55’s my brother picked up for $100-150.00 back in the 60’s-70’s those were the days!!

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    • Avatar photo L.M.K.

      Yep !

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