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Home of the "Double Nickel" 1955 Chevrolet BelAir!

Body Styles                                                                                                                    

In 1955 there were many changes in body design. Most distinguishing mark of the new 1955 Chevrolet bodies is their low slung silhouettes and vertical windshield pillars. Broad, flat hood and trunk lids are approximately 3 1/2 inches lower than 1954, while the high straight crown of the fenders enhances an impression of quickness. The new body styles for 1955 gave the cars the appearance of much greater length although wheel bases remained unchanged from 1954. Brand new among the 16 1955 Chevy Belair auto body styles are two door station wagon which is better known today and the Nomad.s.

1955 was Chevrolet’s major introduction of an all new vehicle line. In 1955 Chevrolet went from the basic family car with a non performance six cylinder engine to a new style that would set the standard of the automotive industry for years to come. The hot new optional 265 Cubic Inch V8 had the performance that the youth market demanded. The sales brochure summed it up best: “Show Car Styling at its Beautiful Best”. The new look with the V8 engine was the most changed Chevy since World War II and the most exciting car to wear the bow-tie emblem.

1955 was a record year for Detroit car sales (7.1 million) and Chevrolet produced 1.7 million or 24 percent. This was a record number for any automaker of the times.

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The One-Fifty was Chevrolet’s lowest priced line. There were five Body Styles: 2 Door Sedan, Utility Sedan, 4 Door Sedan, Station Wagon (Handyman) and the Sedan Delivery (2-Door Sedan shown below)


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The Two-Ten was Chevrolet’s middle priced line. There were six Body Styles: 2 door Sedan, 4 door Sedan, Club Coupe, Sport Coupe, Station Wagon (Townsman), Station Wagon (Handyman).  (2-Door Sedan shown below)


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The Bel-Air was Chevrolet’s top of the line. There were six Body Styles: 2 door Sedan, 4 Door Sedan, Sport Coupe, Station Wagon (Beauville), Station Wagon ( Nomad), Convertible  (2-Door Hardtop shown below)

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Other body styles not shown above, include the Bel Air Convertible, 4 Door Sedan, Sedan Delivery, Handyman 2 Door Wagon, Beauville 4 Door Wagon, and the coveted 2 Door Nomad. (The following pictures have been supplied courtesy of Dan Palatnik @ Palat.com)













1955 Chevrolet - Nomad Series

The Nomad was a proto-type that debuted as a Corvette Nomad at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City for General Motors Motorama in 54' . It has been called the WALDORF ever since. As a large success and huge hit the unique features were applied to a Chevrolet Belair two-door station wagon and put into production as a Nomad in 1955. The bodies were made at the Cleveland plant, and where then shipped to the Flint, Baltimore, St. Louis, Tarrytown, Atlanta, Kansas City, Oakland, Los Angeles, Jamestown, Willow Run, and Norwood plants for assembly.

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