The True "Cool" Car of The 50s
Owning a Chevy in the 50s was considered cool and that should say enough about the Chevrolet launched in 1955 to 1957. It is regarded as the first successful Chevrolet with its earlier counterpart introduced in 1918, which was produced for only a year. The new Chevrolet made its marks with an overhead valve V8 engine design, which was lighter, smaller, and more powerful.
Although it is regarded as the cool car of the era, it wasn't without its problems. For instance, it had no oil filter and those who did not order an engine with the oil filter option faced the trouble of dirty oil in a matter of months. However, this problem was fixed for the production run of 1956 and the V8 became easier to maintain with a built in ability to get upgraded. The beauty of the Chevrolet lies in its V8 because it is sold until date.
The '55 Chevy was available in three models: the 150, 210, and Bel Air. For 1953, the car was aesthetically designed with straight side panels, and wrap around glass on the rear window. Ford had already launched its shoebox look but with the 1955 Chevy, the company caught up with it and introduced its own shoebox look which coupled with the powerful engine made it an instant hit!The years from 1955 to 1957 remain the most sought after years by car enthusiasts and collectors for the Chevy. The Chevy retained its body style and chassis for the three years that it re-launched in and underwent only minor changes at the front and back. These three years are also popularly nicknamed as "tri-fives" because of the three model years in the 1950s.