1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 265 CI V-8 engine Harvest Gold/Ivory

Used Sell 57 hits ID #162


The new car’s overall engineering was vastly improved, but a new, compact pushrod V-8 engine was the star of the show; indeed, it quickly proved to be an industry milestone. Designed for efficiency and compactness, the new engine was everything powertrain specialist and design principal Ed Cole desired. “I had worked on V-8 engines my entire professional life,” he once recalled. “I had lived and breathed engines. (Fellow engineer Harold) Barr and I were always saying how we would do it if we could ever design a new engine. You just know you want five main bearings—there’s no decision to make. We knew that a certain bore/stroke relationship was the most compact. We knew we’d like a displacement of 265 cubic inches … and we never changed from any of this. We released our engine for tooling direct from the drawing boards, that’s how wild and crazy we were.”
The enthusiasm was well founded; in its initial configuration, the new “small-block” weighed less than the existing inline-6 and put out 162 HP with a 2-barrel and Powerglide transmission, and 180 with the optional 4-barrel and dual exhaust seen in this incredibly beautiful, factory stock two-door Bel Air hardtop coupe. Presented in sunny Code 631 two-tone Harvest Gold and India Ivory with a new interior in the original Code 520 Neptune Green, it rides on wide whitewall tires on steel wheels with full wheel covers and features the optional accessory oil filter, a Powerglide 2-speed transmission and fender skirts.


Make Chevrolet
Model Bel Air
Year 1955
Mileage 14592
Engine 265 CI
Interior Color Neptune Green
Exterior Color Harvest Gold/Ivory
Transmission Automatic
Number of Cylinders 8
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) A55J082132
Fuel Type Gasoline

$ 16200.00

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