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Never Left San Diego? 1955 Chevrolet Delray

If you’ve been looking for a classic car to cruise or hot rod, this may be the perfect candidate for you. This 1955 Chevrolet can be found here on Craigslist in San Diego, California (imagine that). It certainly appears to be all original and has amazing sun-kissed patina. The ad states the car was built in Van Nuys and never left the Southern California area. Do you think that’s true? Thanks to Barn Finds reader Michael for the tip on this cool cruiser!

Aside from the typical leather-wrapped steering wheel, the interior seems bone stock. You can see the distinct waffle pattern stitching on the door panels and seat that make up the Delray interior option. The rear seat looks equally as good and just as classic as the front.

The engine bay is fairly clean but shows some age. It appears to be well maintained with newer hoses, belt and battery. The ad states this is the original 265 c.i.d. V8 and it’s backed by a 3-speed transmission. From the photos and the description in the ad, this car appears to be a really solid survivor. What do you think?


  1. stillrunners

    SOLD ! At $29 it wasn’t going to last long !

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  2. mark

    I wonder if folks out west realize just how fortunate they are to even see original rust free cars like this, regardless of price. To us in the midwest it’s like watching Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins…… “and here we have the 55 Chevy in it’s natural habitat where it’s free to roam without concern for man or the elements”……

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    • Dick Johnson

      “And while Jim ‘rassels’ the alligator, I’ll fly back to camp in the helicopter and make pancakes.”

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  3. RoughDiamond

    The listing is still up. I am not very familiar with CL postings other than the local ones and when someone locally shows a price like that it usually means x 1000 or only interested in trades when that is all that is mentioned in the wording.

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  4. david

    A real Delray!! The interior tells it all. Rare enough car

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  5. Jeff

    If the seller leaves the positive battery wire fished through the exhaust crossover there is a good chance this wonderful old Chebby will be burning to the ground in the very short order.

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  6. Bob C.

    Certainly looks all original down to the add on oil filter on the front of the manifold. The early 265s didn’t have a full oil filtration system.

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  7. newfieldscarnut

    Still up for grabs .

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  8. Mountainwoodie

    This is about 45 miles from me down in IB……I’m not sure what he really wants but if someone is serious and wants me to go to the trouble of scoping it out, I will. You can reach me at mountainwoodie@gmail.com.

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  9. Joe Haska

    I like everything ,but the price, probably OK, but near the top of its value. The add on oil filter was done at the factory!

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  10. John p

    “Del Ray” didn’t come out until 1958. 55-57 year cars still went by the “150” or “210” models before reaching them Bel Air trim level..

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  11. Neil

    Is it REALLY only $29?? For that I could get it bought and shipped back to the UK for less than £500 – I think there is something odd about that price – or am I being overly untrusting?? :)

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    • Wrong Way

      I think that he is saying in short, $29000.00! That’s usually what they are saying!

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      • Neil

        I won the bid on this. $ 28.95. Think I got ripped off by a flipper ?

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  12. Rustytech Rustytech Member

    Does anyone believe this car sold for $29? I want some of what your smoken?

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  13. Jeff

    See attached image for the 1955 Chevrolet Brochure documenting the 1955 210 Delray Club Coupe.

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  14. Robert White

    My ‘Reply’ function is inoperable, BF. Please restore my Reply function or let me know who to contact to fix it?


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