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August 20, 2014

Chevrolet Bel Air - Second Generation (1955–1957)

The Chevrolet Bel Air was a full-size automobile that was produced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors for the 1950–1981 model years. Initially only the two door Hardtops in the Chevrolet model range were designated with the Bel Air name from 1950 to 1952, as distinct from the Styleline and Fleetline models for the remainder of the range. With the 1953 model year the Bel Air name was changed from a designation for a unique body shape to a premium level of trim applied across a number of body styles.

For 1955, Chevrolet's full-size model received all new styling and power. It was called the "Hot One" in GM's advertising campaign. Chevrolet's styling was crisp, clean and incorporated a Ferrari-inspired grille. Bel Airs came with features found on cars in the lower models ranges plus interior carpet, chrome headliner bands on hardtops, chrome spears on front fenders, stainless steel window moldings, and full wheel covers. Models were further distinguished by the Bel Air name script in gold lettering later in the year.

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Pace Car Convertible

TV personality and Chevy spokesperson Dinah Shore poses with child in pedal car replica and real 1955 Bel Air Indy Pace Car.

The Chevrolet Bel Air, official pace car of the Indy 500 in 1955.

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Nomad

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