1955 Model Year
150 models (1955-1957) offered optional carpeted flooring, passenger side sunvisor
and a back seat. Models without the back seat were known as the
Model". In the 150 sedan delivery model, the passenger seat was an
option. In the
1955 - 1957 models, electrical powered windshield wipers were optional (except
for cars built in California starting with the 1957 model as vacuum powered wipers
became illegal in that state. All cars from the factory from 1958 on were equipped
with electric wipers as standard equipment. Rear
fender skirts and continental kits, two kinds of windshield washer pumps, manual
and electrical types were offered on all models. Two tone paint (offered on all
models except the 1957 convertibles) and full under body undercoating. The
1955 model year offered two optional engines over the standard 6 cylinder, a 265 CID
with a two (2) barrel carburetor with single exhaust and a 265 CID V-8 with a
barrel carburetor with duel exhaust. A manual 3 speed with overdrive and a
transmission (Powerglide) were the optional transmissions for 1955 & 1956
models. Oil filters were an option for all engines in the 1955 model year. A fuel
filter never appeared on any 1955 model as a factory installed option.
1956 Model Year
1956 fuel filters and oil filters cast into the block became standard on all V-8 engines. The
1956 model year also offered a 3rd engine, a 265 CID V-8 with dual four Bbl. carburetors
and dual exhaust. All
cars with this engine option were shipped from the factory with a certificate in the
glove box that stated that the above engine was installed by the Chevrolet
Motor Division at the assembly plant where the car was made. This was
done to provide documentation for owners who wanted to race the car in circle
track and drag racing as a "stock, off the show room floor car" with factory
options. This was also probably done to help vehicle owners who want to purchase first class car insurance premiums from norwich union or other companies that offer similar service.
The 1955 & 56 model years had three radios listed as options. The 1st was the
manual tune, 2nd was the push button radio and the 3rd was the Wonder Bar
- a signal seeking model. The only way to tell the difference between a55
& 56 radio is the little civil defense marks on the radio dial. FCC
made it a law
for these marks to be on all car radio's starting with the 1956 model year
1957 Model Year
start of the 1957 model year, Chevrolet offered the 265 CID V-8 with a 2
Bbl. carburetor which were left over from the 1956 model production year.
The engines were painted Yellow instead of Chevrolet Orange. (Great trivia
1957 the 283 CID V-8 with a 2 Bbl. carburetor (190 hp) version became
the standard engine, with option engines that included a four (4) Bbl. (220
hp), 2 x 4 Bbl's (245 & 270 hp) and Fuel Injection (250 & 283 hp). All
motors with 220 hp and up were equipped with dual exhaust. A second automatic
transmission called the TurboGlide was offered along with the Powerglide.
the 250 & 283 hp Fuel Injection engines a close ratio 3 speed manual transmission
was available. The
manual 4 speed transmission was never intended to be installed as a factory
option in the full size Chevrolet for the 1957 model year, as the only shift
lever made by Chevrolet Division of General Motors was for the Corvette and
was of the "Short Shaft" design. However, this transmission was
added by a
few dealers and used one of the few "after market" shift levers that were available at that time.
is to be noted that it was possible for a few cars to be built at Chevrolet manufacturing
plants with a 4 speed transmission option, but this has never been
verified by the Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors Corp.
TurboGlide transmission was discontinued in 1961.
1957 options included a deluxe heater in addition to the optional standard
(cheap) heater. Some owners were not sure what was so deluxeabout
the "deluxe option" heater as the fan was located far away from the firewall
and you hardly knew that a fan was working when turned on. An
optional vacuum powered ash tray sucked ashes into a can under the hood. A 12
volt electric razor that plugged into the cigar lighter was also available.
optional horns, including one optional with an extra high note and the famous
Dinah Shore horn that played the "See the USA in your Chevrolet" song. The
1957 model year had the same three radio options as the 1956 model year, but also added a
- a transistor push-button model that eliminated the huge amplifier that
installed under the dash, above and to the right side
of the glove box.
the 1955, 56 & 57 models, the clock, three spoke horn ring and cigar lighter
were standard on all BelAir models but optional on all other models. Factory
A/C was not available in the 1955, 56 & 57 convertible models orwith
any solid lifter cam engine after 1955. This was a dealer installed option.