Buy One Get One: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Airs

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When it comes to cars, a BOGO (buy one/get one), usually means that one is shaky and the other is worse. In this case, we have a pair of 1955 Chevrolet Bel Airs, one is a convertible and the other a four-door sedan and they’re both in questionable condition. Let’s look, you be the judge. Both of these Chevrolet gems are located in North Augusta, South Carolina and are available, here on eBay for a current bid of  $5,150, reserve not yet met. There is a BIN option of $10,000 available.

Stock Photo of a 1955 BelAir Convertible

A 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible is usually a big draw. They’re really not rare as Classic Industries estimates that there were about 42K assembled. But 66 years on, they still get a lot of interest and attention. By contrast, a Bel Air four-door sedan was the number one seller for Chevrolet in ’55 with 366K copies. Interesting? Yes, but not as much so as the ragtop.

The “BO” in this BOGO is a Bel Air convertible. It would probably be easier to state what’s there as opposed to what’s missing. The seller describes it as a, “… 1955 Chevy Belair Convertible, NO title, yes it has rust and needs complete restoration. No motor, no transmission, no left front fender or hood. VIN tag, firewall is good. Original hub caps. This car does NOT run“. There is also a mention of having all of the parts that came off of this convertible but there is no detail or photographic evidence. At this stage, it’s probably nothing more than a titleless VIN, and maybe a frame, just maybe, that a prospective buyer will acquire.

So there are doors and a driveshaft and some other detritus and perhaps some other junque buried under what’s visible. The listing claims this convertible to have originally possessed a V8 engine and an automatic transmission so that would be a first-year 265 CI small-block motor attached to a Powerglide transmission. It doesn’t appear that either component is present or available.

The “GO” from the BOGO is this 1955 Belair sedan. The seller states, “(1955 Chevy bel air 4 door goes along with this deal, but if you don’t want it, leave it here)“. That seems a bit unusual as the plan, generally, is to market the better of the two and throw in the worse one simply to get rid of it. In this case, the freebie, though not as desirable a model, looks to be in better shape than the main attraction. And the seller’s attitude is, take it or leave it, it’s up to the buyer. There appear to be some usable parts on the sedan, items that are not unique to it, that could be redirected to the convertible – again, it’s a maybe. There is no detail surrounding the sedan’s powertrain.

So go for the convertible, and leave the sedan behind? For a BIN price of $10K? Or go for the sedan and leave the convertible behind (probably not an option)? For a BIN price of $10K? Or even go with the flow and hook both for $10K? Perhaps it would be best to forget the whole thing and look for a better example(s). That’s my suggestion, what’s yours?

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  1. Bluetec320 Bluetec320

    More like “Buy one, second one half off”, literally.

    Like 18
    • Driveinstile DriveinstileMember

      Lol. That was great.

      Like 5
  2. Fahrvergnugen FahrvergnugenMember

    As in, but one, get one (tetanus shot) free.

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  3. Doug from MD.

    Perfect example of too much moonshine not enough sleep. Really are these people for real? Scrap metal these cars aren’t rare and can be found way nicer condition. Why would anyone bother?

    Like 10
    • Ralph

      These cars in this sort of condition, and the people trying to get the big bucks for trash make my head hurt.
      At this price I am considering raising the asking price for my 72 Pinto wagon that Alice Cooper farted in…Got to be worth 80K now.

      Like 7
  4. Bill W.

    This one seems like a lot of money for what you get to me. It doesn’t even mention the drivetrain in the 4 door. Probably because it’s a 6 cyl, 3 speed. Yes, the 4 door could offer “some” parts, but there’s a whole lot left to find and do. I don’t see a way that you would be money ahead to buy this rather than a convertible in running, driving condition.

    Like 3
  5. Frank

    Double nickel convertible is a very rare car and worth restoring.

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  6. bull

    Twice the fun and Twice the headaches.

    The buyer of this pair of shoeboxes is a real glutton for punishment!

    Like 4
  7. Steve Clinton

    “1955 Chevy Belair Convertible, yes it has rust and needs complete restoration. No motor, no transmission, no left front fender or hood. This car does NOT run”.
    Ya think?

    Like 5
  8. Will Pereira

    The 4door does have V emblems under the rear tail lights. Maybe a 265 lurking under the hood? But, 10k BIN? Not for the faint of heart, or pocketbook.

    Like 5
  9. gaspumpchas

    I sold a 55 conv that was a lot worse than this one but it did have the vin tag and top bows, which are unobtainium. This car had the body laying on the ground for 20 years off the frame; when I went to put it back on the frame it started to break in half. The gentleman that bought it was glad to get it at 5700. Go figure. He had it done with ls-1 drivetrain, in 3 months. Talk about fast tracking it. good luck and happy bidding.

    Like 1
  10. Jack Quantrill

    Surely, they’re joking! Should pay to have towed away!

    Like 1
  11. KenD

    My man Dan at DD Speed Shop could do them both up. Converting the 4 door to 2 as well….all within 6 months.

    That guy’s a beast!!

    Like 3
  12. P

    BUY IT NOW. 10,000.

    You’ve got a better chance to see Paul Lynde JUNIOR.

    Like 1
  13. George Birth

    I’ll take it if he pays me to haul it off.$10K for all that rust? Only if he pays me the $10K.

    Like 0
  14. Al

    the sedan has the v8 signs below the tail lights which in 1955 was the 265 ci

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    • Will

      Al, that has already been noted in my previous post.

      Like 0
  15. Bob WashburneMember

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