1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 215.5 cu in (3.5L) I6 from North America
Cheap, reliable, easy to maintain classic
Front end ball bearings had to be replaced at 125.000 miles.
Heater switches didn't work.
Dashboard clock didn't work.
Fuel gauge never worked.
Front end broke tie-rod ends at 155.000 miles.
Valve lifters were worn out after 140.000 miles, because no oil could get up to the valve heads. Had to blow out oil lines.
Headliner was gone.
The car ran excellent and the 2-speed powerglide transmission was really a dream. It would actually do 80 mph on the highway!
Not particularly safe nor comfortable, but hey, it's a classic!
Very reliable, and tough as nails.
Started in any type of weather, and never left me stranded anywhere, even though the fuel gauge didn't work.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th December, 2010
10th Apr 2013, 07:14
The 55 Chev is a true classic that looks awesome!
10th Apr 2013, 09:23
"2-speed powerglide transmission was really a dream."
- The Powerglide was THE WORST automatic transmission ever made!!! You have to be kidding when you wrote that.
10th Apr 2013, 15:52
My family owns a 1955 Pontiac that has been in our family for 58 years now. Like its sibling, the Chevy, it is super cheap and easy to repair and keep running. It had a ring job at 150,000 miles, but the original 4-speed hydramatic transmission has never been touched. It is 100 percent original including the upholstery (which has been covered for 57 years).
Although now only used rarely (it has been used in period movies), it is still an incredible car. The older GM cars were a joy to own, and are so easy to fix and find parts for.
11th Apr 2013, 23:56
The worst ever made? The 2-speed Powerglide was in production from 1950-1973, was proven to be very durable, and was and still is today being used as a race transmission in many modified cars.
12th Apr 2013, 15:41
23:56 is right. Although not a really good performance transmission in lower-powered cars, the two-speed power glide was a very durable transmission, and is to this day very popular in high-powered dragsters.
31st Dec 2016, 19:37
I had 3 of these and 2 64 Impalas over the years. Some were the SS including a Convertible version with a 4 speed. I miss that the most as well as a Wagon. The 62-63 are beautiful cars; the 64 more boxy. The fish scale SS trim is really great. Unusual in that you could start without a key or pull the key out while running. The Wagon had a rear facing seat. The seat would fold flat to the floor. Crank up the rear window.
The SS is fast in a straight and was certainly comfortable. Handling was only fair. These were great for family trips or the drive ins.
These cars are very simple to maintain. I would leave them stock personally. Not into hydraulics, lifts or crazy sound systems. I think the styling is absolutely great in its original form. Most are quite affordable today unless you are chasing after a 409 car.
1st Jan 2017, 14:52
The Biscayne, Belair and Impala are basically all the exact same car, just different trim levels. The number of tail lights is a big clue.