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Mario's Tribute to the Fabulous 1955 Cars

1955 Chevy Bel Air

1 1955 Chevy Bel Air Beautiful 2 Tone Colors, Wide whitewall tires

2 1955 Chevy Bel Air Detailed Chrome trim, Dual chrome exhausts. Motor Trend's Car of the Year Award.

3 1955 Chevy Bel Air 265ci 195hp New 12 volt

4 1955 Chevy Bel Air 2 Speed Powerglide Auto trans, Original MSRP $2,166

5 1955 Corvette Only 700 were produced. Rare car today

6 1955 Corvette Twin thru bumper dual exhausts

7 1955 Corvette 265ci 195hp V8 New 12 Volt

8 1955 Corvette Bucket Seats, Floorshift, Original MSRP $2,909 for V8

9 1955 Pontiac Star Chief. Beautiful 2 Tone with Large Chrome Bumper, Sun Visor

10 1955 Pontiac Star Chief. Whitewall Tires, Chrome Fender skirts

11 1955 Pontiac Star Chief. 287ci V8 200hp 4 barrel 12 Volt

12 1955 Pontiac Star Chief. Matching Color plush interior. Original MSRP $2,594

13 1955 Olds 88. 2 Tone with Wire wheels

14 1955 Olds 88. Chrome Dual exhausts, Bullet taillights.

15 1955 Olds 88. 324ci Rocket V8 240hp 12 Volt

16 1955 Olds 88. Custom 2 Tone interior, Original MSRP $2,714

17 1955 Buick Riviera. 2 Tone Colors, 4 Portholes, Large Chrome Bumper and Grill

18 1955 Buick Riviera. Large Heavily Chromed Taillights and Bumper

19 1955 Buick Riviera. 322ci 236hp V8 12 Volt

20 1955 Buick Riviera. 2 Tone interior, Chrome Trim, Original MSRP $2,601

21 1955 Cadillac Eldorado. Most expensive GM car, Dagmar bumpers

22 1955 Cadillac Eldorado. Large Fins, Wirewheels, Wide Whitewalls, Dual Exhausts thru bumper, Continental Kit

23 1955 Cadillac Eldorado. 331ci 270hp V8 12 Volt (12 Volt since 1953)

24 1955 Cadillac Eldorado. Elegant 2 Tone, Chrome interior, Original MSRP $6300

25 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria. Tropical Rose Snowshoe White, Chrome Tiara

26 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria. Only 9,209 built, Continental Kit, Dual Exhausts

27 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria. 292ci 245hp V8 Tri Power, still only 6 Volt until 1956

28 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria. Seatbelts, Power Windows, Original MSRP $2,302

29 1955 T-Bird Production 001. Sold for $660K in 2009 at Barrett Jackson auction

30 1955 T-Bird Production 001. First Year, First T-Bird built. Raven Black, Dual thru Bumper Exhausts

31 1955 T-Bird Production 001. 292ci 198hp V8 4-barrel carb

32 1955 T-Bird Production 001. Sporty interior, Auto trans, Original MSRP $3,150

33 1955 Mercury Montclair. 2 Tone color, Plenty of Chrome trim

34 1955 Mercury Montclair. Large Taillights, Heavily Chromed bumper

35 1955 Mercury Montclair. 292ci V8 198hp 4bbl 6 Volt

36 1955 Mercury Montclair. Elegant 2 Tone Dash, Original MSRP $2,712

37 1955 Lincoln Capri. Top of the Ford line, 2 Tone Color, Fender Skirts

38 1955 Lincoln Capri. Large Taillights, Heavily Chromed bumper, Wirewheels

39 1955 Lincoln Capri. 341cu in V8 225hp 4bbl 6 Volt

40 1955 Lincoln Capri. Turbo-Drive 3sp auto, 2 Tone interior, Original MSRP $3,910

41 1955 Plymouth Belvedere. 2 Tone Color, 2 Door Hardtop

42 1955 Plymouth Belvedere. Elegant Touch of Chrome

43 1955 Plymouth Belvedere. 241cu in 157hp 2bbl Hy-Fire V8

44 1955 Plymouth Belvedere. Auto, Seatbelts, Power Windows, Original MSRP $2,217

45 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer. Striking 2 Tone Body

46 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer. Chrome Fins, Chrome Dual Exhausts

47 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer. 270ci Red Ram HEMI V8 193hp 4bbl

48 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer. Air Cond, Auto Trans, Seatbelts, MSRP $2.395

49 1955 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman. 2 Door Hardtop

50 1955 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman. 2 Tone Color, Chrome Dual Exhausts

51 1955 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman. 345ci 345hp twin 4bbl HEMI V8 6 Volt

52 1955 Desoto Fireflite Sportsman. Auto Trans, 2 Tone Interior, Original MSRP $2,939

53 1955 Chrysler 300. First year 300 Series. Only 1,725 built

54 1955 Chrysler 300. TANGO RED, Wirewheels, Wide Whitewalls

55 1955 Chrysler 300. 331ci 300hp HEMI V8 dual Carter 4-bbls

56 1955 Chrysler 300. Leather Interior, Auto Trans, Original MSRP $4,109

57 1955 Imperial Newport. Top of the Chrysler Line

58 1955 Imperial Newport. Unique Taillights, Wirewheels, Wide Whitewalls

59 1955 Imperial Newport. 331ci 250hp Fire Power Hemi V8 4 bbl

60 1955 Imperial Newport. Power Windows, Auto Trans, Original MSRP $5,187

61 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible. Tri Color Jade, Fire Opal and Onyx

62 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible. Large Taillights, Wide Whitewall tires

63 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible. 352ci V8 275hp with dual four-barrel carbs

64 1955 Packard Caribbean Convertible. Vermillion White Leather, MSRP $5,932

65 1955 Packard Clipper 4 Door Sedan. 2 Tone Body Color

66 1955 Packard Clipper 4 Door Sedan. Fender Skirts, Dual Exhausts

67 1955 Packard Clipper 4 Door Sedan. 320ci V8 225hp Carter 4bbl Carb

68 1955 Packard Clipper. 3-Sp Manual, Air Conditioning, Original MSRP $2,586

69 1955 Studebaker President Speedster. 2 Tone Lemon & Lime, Only 2,215 made

70 1955 Studebaker President Speedster. Renamed the Hawk in 1956

71 1955 Studebaker President Speedster. 259ci V8 185hp

72 1955 Studebaker President Speedster. Seatbelts, Automatic, Original MSRP $3,253

73 1955 Nash Metropolitan. Caribbean Blue Green and Snow Berry White

74 1955 Nash Metropolitan. Convertible and Hardtop with Standard Continental Kit

75 1955 Nash Metropolitan. 4cyl 73ci (1200cc) 42hp 1 bbl carb

76 1955 Nash Metropolitan. 3 Speed Manual, Stylish City Car, Original MSRP $1,445

77 1955 Nash Rambler Statesman Super. With Window Air Conditioner

78 1955 Nash Rambler Statesman Super. 2 Tone Color, Wrap Around Rear Window

79 1955 Nash Rambler Statesman Super. 6cyl Flathead 196ci 90hp

80 1955 Nash Rambler Statesman Super. 3 Speed Manual, Original MSRP $2,215

81 1955 Hudson Italia. Sporty 2 Door Coupe made in Italy for Hudson, Wirewheels

82 1955 Hudson Italia. Low, Sleek Sport Coupe, Unique Tubular Taillights

83 1955 Hudson Italia. Dual 1 bbl carbs 6cyl Flathead 202ci 114hp 6 Volt

84 1955 Hudson Italia. 2 Tone Color Interior, Plush Bucket Seats, Original MSRP $4,800

85 1955 Hudson Hornet Custom. Palomino Brown and Snowberry White

86 1955 Hudson Hornet Custom. 4 Door Sedan with Continental Kit

87 1955 Hudson Hornet Custom. 308ci 170hp flathead 6, Twin-H Dual Carb Induction

88 1955 Hudson Hornet Custom. Beige Cloth Interior, Original MSRP $2,825

89 1955 Hudson Rambler. 2 Door Sedan Rio Red and Snowberry White

90 1955 Hudson Rambler. Basic Compact Car, Economical to drive

91 1955 Hudson Rambler. 196ci 6cyl Flathead 90hp 6 Volt

92 1955 Hudson Rambler. Compact Car, Basic Interior, Original MSRP $2,432

93 1955 Chevy Nomad Wagon. Only 8,530 built

94 1955 Chevy Nomad Wagon. 2 Tone 2 Door Sporty Wagon

95 1955 Chevy Nomad Wagon. 265ci OHV V8 162hp 12 Volt

96 1955 Chevy Nomad Wagon. Auto Trans, Roomy Interior, Original MSRP $2,571

97 1955 Pontiac Safari Wagon. Only 3,760 built

98 1955 Pontiac Safari Wagon. Wirewheels, Wide Whitewalls, Curved Side Glass

99 1955 Pontiac Safari Wagon. 287ci OHV V8 Power Pack 200hp 12 Volts

100 1955 Pontiac Safari Wagon. Plush Interior, Auto Trans, Original MSRP $2,962


Video and audio clips

1955 Chevy Commercial


1955 Ford Commercial


1955 Plymouth Commercial


1955 GM Motorama


1955 Chrysler Forward Look


Studebaker 1950’s


1955 Packard Commercial


1955 Nash TV Commercial



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Comments

Mario on Nov 20, 2022 said:

In 1955 the most popular car was the Chevy Bel Air with the highest in total sales. The Bel Air also won the coveted Motor Trend Car of the Year award for new chassis and modern suspension which helped it earn "Best Handling" and "Most Roadable". Its all new 265ci OHV V8 with a Powerglide two-speed automatic made it capable of zipping from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 12.3 seconds.

In 1955 we were overwhelmed with all the new power options being offered by the new car models. Most cars were now powered with a 12 Volt battery system replacing the old 6 Volt system to allow for the power options.

Sleek new designs, such technology as reliable automatic transmissions, overhead valve V-8s (including Chryslers Hemi), wrap-around windshields, air conditioning and modern suspensions; power steering and power brakes. Power steering and automatic transmissions were in more than 50 percent of new models.

In 1955 Americans were in a buying mood when it came to cars. In fact, the 8,338,302 cars sold in 1955 were the high point of the 1950s.

This is my Tribute to the Best of the American Cars in 1955! Enjoy, Mario

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azmusclecar on Nov 21, 2022 said:

OUCH!!! That Studebaker President Speedster's yellow interior really pops.

Nice to see a variety of different cars from different manufacturers.

As I watch the movie: "The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, I see a nice 1955 Olds 88 Two Tone convertible. I like that movie because you get to see a lot of vintage cars in it. I'm sure mostly the town folk where it was filmed used their cars.

Nice thread, and we expect nothing less from you. Thumbs up!!

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Mario on Nov 22, 2022 said:

Thanks Rob. 1955 was the best year for car sales in the Fifties. And no wonder so many really great looking cars.

We unfortunately lost many car manufacturers in the Fifties like Packard, Studebaker, Nash, Hudson, etc. But GM was King and Ford right behind with Chrysler in 3rd.

Cheers!

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57timemachine on Nov 22, 2022 said:

No denying 1955 was one of the greatest years in automotive history, not only for production but also for style and pizzazz. A number of milestone cars came out that year and I can not help being partial to the Chevrolet. It was not until 1965 that automotive production beat the banner year of 1955. Mario, another good one my gear head brother. Cheers.

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Mario on Nov 23, 2022 said:

Thank you George my Gearhead brother and I agree 1955 was a banner year for many fine new cars. I too am a GM Chevy guy and the 1955 Chevy is such a classy great looking car. So many of my friends had one and I enjoy seeing one at Car Shows. We lived thru a wonderful era and the Car Shows and the Vintage cars bring back so many good memories and good times. Cheers!

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57timemachine on Nov 25, 2022 said:

As far as Chevrolet anyway, 1955 was the highest production year of the tri five Chevy's. All three years did very well but the 1955 was the banner year. Cheers.

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Mario on Nov 26, 2022 said:

Here are the Production numbers for Tri Five Chevy

Total 1955 Production 1,775,952

Total 1956 Production 1,623,376

Total 1957 Production 1,555,316

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57timemachine on Nov 26, 2022 said:

I had a 1955 Chevrolet 210 (Delray club coupe) back in 1978-1980. The Delray club coupe was a very rare model and many people today do not know of it. From the outside it looked just like a 210 coupe but on the inside it was totally different. The interior was all vinyl and two toned in color.

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