My first memory of a classic was in the fall of late 1954. My dad bought a 1955 Pontiac two-door sedan and my uncle Ted bought a 1955 Sport Coupe with Power Pack. The first thing Uncle Ted did was put Smithy’s on his Chevy. For the younger classic lovers, Smithy’s are 50s style glass packs, I’ll never forget that sound! Every time these two cars were in the same town of Burlington, Washington, the race was on.
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While reading a local newspaper in July 2005, my wife noticed a ’57 Chevy for sale. She mentioned it to me, asking if I thought her brother Bobby might be interested in it for parts. I decided to go and take a look. What could it hurt?
The car was sitting in a rural area about thirty minutes north of our home. It had been sitting, all but forgotten, among the rice fields. I found a rodent-infested 210 with rotted tires, rusted rims, no carburetor, and a trailer hitch that was attached to a frame made of heavy-duty iron. The color was an awful faded shade of red.
ne day in May of 1967, my parents surprised us by bringing home a green & white 1955 Chevy convertible. I didn’t know how or where they found it, or whom they bought it from, and I certainly wasn’t asked for my opinion beforehand. I was of driving age, and my siblings weren’t far behind. Since my folks owned a ’65 Pontiac Bonneville, this old Chevy was for us “kids”.
This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible was designed and built by Hulst Customs of Merlin, Oregon for Don and Karen Blacksmith of Grants Pass, OR. This car is a full custom in every sense of the word, way too features and modifications to list, but you’ll find most of it is visible in the pictures here.
“Heat” officially debuted at the 2009 SEMA show, was a Top 25 pick at SEMA by Hot Rod Magazine. From there, the car went on to the Good Guys show at Scottsdale, AZ and won the Top Ten pick.
Take a 2008 Harley Davidson Dyna Street Bob motorcycle, add vast amounts of ingenuity, imagination and innovation and blend with over 3,000 hours of labor and you might end up with this homage to the ever popular, instantly recognized 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. This red beauty was recently seen at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show held in Las Vegas, Nevada .
I first fell in love with the Tri-5s in 1955, when I was five years old. My dad, Jay Kirk, was employed as a salesman at Mantes Chevrolet in Tooele, Utah. A friend of his, Bud Pendleton, used to drive over to our home in a Coral and Gray '55 Chevy two-door Bel Air. I would just stare at the car, thinking how it was the coolest car in the world.
Customer quote: “Nearly all of the weatherstripping, wiring and many other parts came from Eckler’s Classic Chevy and other suppliers”
RAKISH was a six-year project. I purchased this ’55 210 when I was 55 years of age. I had wanted a 1955 Chevy since the age of ten, when I first saw my dream car. A neighbor came home from the service with a black beauty. I loved it! When I made the decision to do a frame-off restoration on this car, I had no idea what I was in for. My goal was to complete the car in about two years. Boy was I off target! Being new to the hobby, I had no idea how long it took to get body work done, painting, interior, upholstery, etc.
My sister said, "Brother, you're not going to buy that piece of junk, are you?"
My love for Chevys started back in high school when in 1984 I purchased my first Chevy, a 1955 two-door sedan. Although I loved all Tri-5 Chevys back then, my real love was for the ’56s. I liked the changes in the grille, taillights, and rear wheel styling. My budget just would not allow me to own one!
Customer quote: “I spent 3-1/2 months on the Internet, 8 hours a day, 6 days a week, locating and purchasing parts for this car…”
The ’57 Nomad is arguably the most beautiful and most collectible Nomad of all. Sure, production during the “Tri-5” years was quite limited to begin with - 8,530 units in 1955 and 8,103 in ’56 - but for 1957, production dropped to just 6,534 units. Add this low build number to the fact that the ’57 Chevy Bel Air (on which the Nomad was based) stands as perhaps the world’s most iconic vehicle, ever, and you have an instant automotive masterpiece.