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'55-'56-'57 full-size Chevrolet passenger cars
« on: March 17, 2011, 07:02:38 PM »


With the '55 Chevrolet, a whole new era began for GM. Compared to the '54 models, this model was light weight, and the inclusion of the V8 from the Corvette gave them all the power they needed. Another remarkable thing was that this was one of the first American mass-produced vehicles to come with a fuel-injected engine. The 283 CI V8, when mated with the manual (!) fuel injection manifold, would put out 283 horsepower, making it one of the first engines to reach the 1 hp per cubic inch in stock trim.

Nowadays, this car is iconic of the American car from the 1950s, and in my personal opinion, was ahead of its times when introduced. The fuel-injection unit was temperamental at best, and when coupled to the solid lifters that the 283 hp version had, barely streetable. The Turboglide transmission provided smooth power delivery and pick-up, but was never a sales hit as many people chose the proven two-speed Powerglide 'conventional' automatic gearbox.

Despite being based off of the same frame and body, the '55, '56 and '57 do manage to have an identity all their own. The '55 had a radically new grill treatment, which never sat well with the buyers, and was changed in '56 for a more conventional design. The '57 ushered in the age of fins, with two (comparatively modest) fins on the side of the trunk, which in the top model Bel Air were filled in with a large aluminum plate.





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Re: '55-'56-'57 full-size Chevrolet passenger cars
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2011, 07:34:22 AM »
My dream car.

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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2011, 09:06:19 AM »
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Re: '55-'56-'57 full-size Chevrolet passenger cars
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2011, 09:30:05 AM »
The '55 was, by far, the best looking of the three :)

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Re: '55-'56-'57 full-size Chevrolet passenger cars
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2011, 12:51:02 PM »
Yes i know this is a stockers thread but why does the belair vert get all the love... I would much rather have


  the 210 2 door was much more to my liking
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Re: '55-'56-'57 full-size Chevrolet passenger cars
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2011, 07:02:59 PM »
Guys... guys... guys...
If you are going to post a '57 to drool over...
Try the Black Widow...



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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2011, 09:03:37 PM »
I love the '57. Absolutely gorgeous vehicles. It amazes me that the '59 came after though... Hideous vehicles that have not aged gracefully (IMO).

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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2011, 09:25:27 PM »


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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2011, 09:35:31 PM »
I love the '58.



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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2011, 04:40:47 AM »
I've always had a thing for the early 60's big body models



But of the 3 the '55 is my favorite.
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Re: '55-'56-'57 full-size Chevrolet passenger cars
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2011, 11:40:27 AM »
I love the '58.



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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2011, 11:58:03 AM »
Guys... guys... guys...
If you are going to post a '57 to drool over...
Try the Black Widow...
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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2011, 02:29:07 PM »
Ummm... yea it is...


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« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2011, 03:50:13 PM »
Front end looks like a 57, back end looks like a 55.  What the hell? lol

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« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2011, 04:31:00 PM »
Front end looks like a 57, back end looks like a 55.  What the hell? lol
it appears to have 55 chrome trim and paint style

crazy how easy it is to trick your eyes/brain huh.
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Re: '55-'56-'57 full-size Chevrolet passenger cars
« Reply #15 on: March 23, 2011, 05:57:54 PM »
It's a 150, not a 210 or Belair.

The '57 Chevy's came in 3 trim levels, the base-model 150, the mid-range 210 and the luxo-model Belair. These numbers don't actually mean anything (I think) and got replaced by the Biscayne (base-model), Impala (mid-range) and the Belair in '58.

A 150 has the small fluted side-trim of the '55 Belair models.


(Optionally painted in the secondary color of the two-tone appearance package)

A 210 has the same side-swoosh as the Belair, but instead of the Belair's aluminium panel, it has it painted in in the secondary color (on two-tone cars) or body color (on single-tone cars) like the 150.


(looks awesome black-on-black, btw)

A Belair, as seen above, has the same side-swoosh (I'm sure there's a word for that, lol) as the 210, but instead of being painted-in, it has a trim panel covering the gap.
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« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2011, 06:01:15 PM »
Front end looks like a 57, back end looks like a 55.  What the hell? lol
http://www.57chevyblackwidow.com/


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« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2011, 07:43:04 PM »
Learn something every day.  Thanks for the lesson :)

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« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2011, 07:57:42 AM »
Learn something every day.  Thanks for the lesson :)
this is why i'm diggin this forum!
interesting and little known facts about the cars you thought you knew or...  didn't really care about before  :D
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« Reply #20 on: March 24, 2011, 02:50:51 PM »
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« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2011, 02:56:23 PM »
Link

NTSC, Region 1.  At least I assume it's the same movie.

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« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2011, 02:58:12 PM »
Link

NTSC, Region 1.  At least I assume it's the same movie.
Nope...


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« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2011, 06:44:23 PM »
Want me to send you a copy?  I am sure my copy is region free, I'd have to check when I get home though

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« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2011, 06:55:57 PM »
Ohhhhh... that could work.
I read a synopsis... sounds like good gear head fun.


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