Shoebox Chevys aren''t rare, but just try to find one that isn''t rusty, hasn''t been customized beyond recognition, or simply priced out of range for most of us mortals. This 1955 Bel Air hardtop is the answer. It''s not a show car, but if you want a great-running early V8 Chevy with plenty of style that you can upgrade to suit your tastes, this is a fantastic foundation. It''s not this car''s original combination, but the India Ivory over Gypsy Red looks classic and right on the Bel Air''s smartly styled bodywork. The ''50s were a great time for color and the best cars capture the era with bright hues like this. The finish isn''t show quality and probably needs some TLC, but the important thing is that the sheetmetal is straight and this car has never been a rust bucket that needed substantial renovations. Instead, it''s a great driver''s car and you won''t worry about the elements or putting it on the road, and with people being so attracted to patina these days, you might find that you like it better this way anyway. The chrome is very good and the entire car has an all-of-a-piece look and feel that''s appealing. The next owner of this car needs to remember that driving is its own reward. The two-tone red and white interior is a bright complement to the bodywork, and while it''s not 100% authentic, it does have a kitschy ''50s flair. The velour inserts on the original seats are actually quite comfortable and with white vinyl borders it''s also durable. Matching door panels with vertical pleats replicate the original design and the red carpets are in excellent condition thanks to a set of heavy-duty floor mats. The factory dash is nicely finished to original specs, save for a set of retro-looking Stewart-Warner auxiliary gauges that almost look like they were put there by the factory. There''s also an AM/FM/8-track stereo radio to kind of blend eras, but with that V8 soundtrack, you won''t use it much anyway. More bright red carpet in the trunk plus a custom-stitched and embroidered tire cover gives it a finished look. Obviously, a majority of the cash was spent on the mechanicals, which are centered around a 350 cubic inch V8 that runs even better than it looks. An Edelbrock intake and carb plus a modest camshaft all feed the sweet-running small block, and a few shiny dress-up pieces make this an engine bay you''ll be proud to show off. Up front there''s a giant aluminum radiator and custom shroud, so it runs ice cold all the time, and long-tube headers with glasspack-style mufflers give it a very 1950s soundtrack. With a 4-speed transmission it''s a blast to drive, but it cruises easily on the highway thanks to reasonable gears out back. It''s not shiny underneath, but there are no signs of trouble, either, so why fix what isn''t broken? The stance is right and it looks great sitting on factory Rallys and blackwall radials. A clean old Chevy with lots going for it that''s not expensive and will provide a great foundation for your own tastes. If you''ve been looking, you''ve just found your next car. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Dallas/Fort Worth showroom. For more information, please call (817) 764-8000 or toll free (855) 877-2707.