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From around 1956 until the mid 1980s, Dodge, Plymouth and even Chrysler squads were the most ubiquitous police cars in North America. In fact, the biggest department, the NYPD, used Plymouth and Dodge squads almost exclusively until the rear-drive M body car was finally axed in 1989.
The no-frills Savoy two-door sedan was home to another engine of considerable repute, the infamous 413 Max Wedge, a Super Stock monster block Chrysler introduced in the spring of 1962.
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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Imagine a car so popular that a new term came to be, based on that design. That name is Tri-Five, which refers to 1955, 1956, and 1957 Chevrolet automobiles, in particular the Bel Air, 150, 210 Sedans, and the Nomad. With beautiful proportions and new skins each of those successive years, and a thorough peppering of chrome, these cars produced in this time became iconic. From all original to highly modified versions, many Tri-Five clubs have sprung up to showcase individuality, originality, and the beloved Chevrolet concepts of Harley Earl and his team. This gorgeous 1955 Tri-Five is truly immaculate. One must go over it with a fine-tooth comb to find any fault with this spotless restoration performed 5 years ago. Since that time, the consigner states that the car was never driven in the winter or bad weather and laying your eyes on this you will believe it! Exterior A two-door hardtop with factory straight panels, and gaps to match shows a meticulous restoration. Red and white basecoat/clearcoat add the color to the steel panels. These panels are highlighted by beautiful chromed trim arrows, one running from the headlights to the mid door, and the other going from the rear of the door to the rear quarter panels. Window surround trim is beautifully done and polished and there is plenty to go around. Bumpers are clean and rust free. Badging is correct. Low profile radial tires wrap polished Budnik wheels all around. Immaculate would best describe this exterior overall. Interior Hopping inside we see two-tone tuck and roll in red with a white accent panel on the doors, framing very clean cranks and an interior door handle. 50s style tuck and roll insides in red and a white smooth bolster cover the two benches sporting seat belts and sit in a calm ocean of red carpet. Rubber matching floor mats with inset carpet are protecting the carpeting underneath. The iconic Chevrolet 2 bump dash in red with a pattern cut bowtie repetition in aluminum cuts through the center. Both glovebox and instrument cluster fan shapes reside under the bumps in the metal dash. Steering wheel is a new rally style wheel and has an aftermarket tachometer attached to the column. The headliner is pristine, and all interior lights (including gauges) work! Drivetrain A 1970 350ci crate motor all dressed in red block, valve cover and air cleaner greets you with a flip of the hood. Contrasting this are a matte cast silver Edelbrock intake, and no rust here exhaust manifolds. Power is transferred to the rear wheels thanks to a Nova 4:10 geared H.D. Posi unit. Undercarriage Consigner states that front suspension is all new, as well as a front sway bar. Power disc brakes have been put on front for extra safety, and the rear retains the drums. Power steering, aftermarket axles, and front and rear sway bars, see a new 2-1/2 exhaust snake its way by, on its way to the rear. A very nicely restored to a tasteful color combination Chevrolet first years Tri-Five. Modifications are big, but curb appeal yields an almost original looking example. Well cared for, this favorite toy was well played with, but put away nicely for the next time. VIN Decode VC55S048170 V-V8 C-Series 2400 Bel Air 55-1955 S-St Loius MO Assy Plant 048170-Sequential Unit Number Trim Tag STYLE NO 55 1011D-1955 Bel Air 2 Door Sedan BODY NO S 5224-St Louis Body # TRIM 509- Blue PAINT 600-Skyline Blue/Glacier Blue
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