Regular viewers might remember a certain Tri-Five Chevrolet coupe we featured a few months ago that looked very similar to this one. You'll also recall that it sold within a week for a near record-setting figure. If you were one of the guys who called a few days too late about that car, you've been granted a second chance. No, this isn't the exact same car—it's nicer than the last one. This one is a fantastic show-winner that has been in the same family since it was new, with period photos tracing its five-and-a-half decades of life. It also has nearly $120,000 in receipts attached to the build, and it's just as jaw-dropping in person as it appears in the photos. In fact, this might be the nicest 1955 Chevy custom on the planet if the long list of awards is to be believed, including TWO national events where it scored 999/1000 points!
The very best customs are those that take the original shapes and details and adjust them just enough to draw the eye without being obvious about it. You know SOMETHING is different, but it takes you a while to figure out exactly what—that's true art. Go ahead and spend a few minutes looking over the body on this lovely 1955 210 coupe. You'll see near-flawless prep and careful assembly everywhere you look. You'll find a beautifully finished paint job that uses Cadillac Diamond White and House of Kolor True Blue Pearl to excellent effect, yet duplicating the factory two-tone pattern. You'll discover crisp detailing, like the eyebrow that stretches over the front fender, which has been sanded to a razor-sharp edge, and tight beads on the fender moldings.
Then the details will start to sink in. The hood has been shaved, so there's no ornament, and the bumpers are super-clean one-piece units that have been treated to a show-quality plating job. The original side trim remains, because that's the only way the two-tone paint works, and all the stainless has been polished to match the chrome. In back, you'll also note that the rear emblem has been shaved, and all the glass sports a subtle light tint. Like I said, you could spend hours with this car and not see it all.
You also won't see much of the guy in the lane next to you, because the engine is a 383 cubic inch small block that cranks out 425 horsepower and a mountain of torque. There's so much chrome under the hood, it's almost like they took a completely assembled engine and dipped it whole. The block has a matching coat of True Blue, but everything else is either plated or polished to show standards. Chevrolet emblems are on the air cleaner and valve covers, and they don't look cheesy like the parts store gear you get at a discount outlet. The intake and carburetor are polished, and the accessories shine like mirrors. For a little contrast, bright red plug wires light up the engine bay and tie in perfectly with the red bowtie emblems on those aforementioned valve covers. A chrome shroud and radiator support holds a polished aluminum radiator, which is very effectively cooled by a pair of electric fans. Ceramic-coated headers dump into a custom dual exhaust system featuring Magnaflow mufflers and shiny stainless tips.
But if you thought this was another garden-variety 350/350 rod, guess again. The transmission is a bulletproof Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual that delivers crisp shifts, impressive low gear acceleration, and a tall overdrive that allows the 3.70 gears in the 9-inch out back to be highway-friendly. A custom Heidt's independent front suspension features tubular A-arms and power rack-and-pinion steering to make this 56-year-old drive like a new car. The 9-inch hangs on a set of leaf springs supported by a pair of air shocks that allow you to fine-tune the ride. Looking closer, you'll find that the floors have not been painted—not exactly, anyway—but are instead covered in rugged truck bedliner material that is color-matched to the body. Durable, attractive, and outstanding at controlling noise and heat, it's the best choice for a car that will be shown and driven. Each corner hosts a big disc brake with color-matched calipers and stainless steel lines throughout. Killer 17-inch polished Foose wheels wear 245/45/17 front and 285/50/17 rear Riken performance radials.
I'll also let you in on a little secret—just the seats and carpets in this car cost more than $15,000, never mind the gauges, A/C, power windows, power locks, and stereo gear. Look at the photos, however, and you'll know where the money went because it's absolutely gorgeous. Those big, overstuffed leather thrones feature power adjustments and have been covered in glove soft tan leather. Matching door panels were sculpted and custom stitched for dramatic effect, neatly integrating with the original window moldings. Overhead there's a hand-made headliner that's much more than just a sheet of fabric, and offers billet inserts that match the oval-shaped dome light. Classic Instruments supplied one of their Tri-Five Chevy gauge panels that fits neatly into the '55's original pod and provides a cool cream-colored face and enough information to keep you up-to-date on the engine's vitals. A custom center console was fabricated to house the 5-speed shifter and the controls for the Vintage Air A/C system as well as an arm rest with a storage compartment. The aluminum dash has been polished, and the vents for the climate control system have been artfully integrated into the lower dashboard valence. There's a powerful AM/FM/CD stereo system that has been artfully hidden away from view, revealing itself only through the speakers integrated into the door panels. Interiors simply don't get any nicer than this.
This car has already won a big pile of national awards, too:
NSRA Pick, 2010 Run to the Sun
1st Place, Trailered Custom, 2010 Winter Nationals (994/1000 points)
1st Place, Trailered Custom Senior, 2011 Winter Nationals (999/1000 points)
Outstanding Show Class, 2011 Super Chevy Show, Virginia Motorsports Park
Outstanding 1955-57 Modified, 2010 Super Chevy Show, Virginia Motorsports Park
1st Place, Trailered Custom Senior, 2010 Music City Chevy Show (999/1000 points)
The car also has a ton of information accompanying it, including receipts, build photos, and other historical artifacts that trace its five-and-a-half decades of life. Coming from a single family, there are photos of the car when it was brand new and throughout its life as a daily driver, as well as detailed photos of the build. This is much, much more than simply a nice '55, it's a tribute to one of the best designs to ever come out of the GM design studios and a truly revolutionary car.
So if you missed that last one, don't hesitate. In fact, you shouldn't even be reading this paragraph, because there's already another guy already on the phone calling us to put a deposit down on this amazing machine. With just 106 shakedown miles since it was completed, the car is fully sorted and ready to cruise or show, and if you arrive in this 210, there's simply no question who will be taking home the big trophy. Available for less than the cost of construction, this car is the best of the best in every way. So if you find yourself falling in love all over again, it's understandable. Just don't wait too long to take this one home, because it just won't last. Call now!
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