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History 1955 Chevrolet: The Moonshot.

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Jan 8, 2015.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    1955 Chevrolet: The Moonshot.


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  2. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,628


    Classic. Iconic. Beautiful. Moonshot, indeed.
  3. Iron Dog
    Joined: Oct 28, 2011
    Posts: 267

    Iron Dog
    from Minnesota

    My dad had a wagon, and even though I was only five, I can remember riding in it. It had a three speed, and he liked to rev it up and go.
  4. deucetruck
    Joined: Jan 8, 2010
    Posts: 644

    from Missouri

    Beautiful. What a difference one year made (54 to 55). A real game-changer!

  5. mgbtc
    Joined: Dec 22, 2006
    Posts: 112


    What a game changer! In my opinion, nobody made as significant a change until 57.
  6. first car i ever rode in.
  7. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,661


    Yep, a '55 Gasser in 1970 is what started me down this path of hooliganism, depravity and lust for anything with tin and horsepower. Damn Clare Mackichan, he and the rest of the GM design team ruined many a young man such as I
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  8. Jay71
    Joined: Sep 15, 2007
    Posts: 856


    I too like em mild. 10388045_701925896532422_984279271_n.jpg

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  9. mwhistle
    Joined: Feb 19, 2007
    Posts: 314

    from sacramento

    I had a 2 door hard top with 265 engine that I bought from an old asian mechanic back in 1966. It was in great condition. He told me not to mess with it. But after only a few months, I radiused the fender wells for big tires. Later, I put in 327 and 4 speed Muncie. Sorry.
  10. McTullis
    Joined: Jun 20, 2005
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  11. Jay71
    Joined: Sep 15, 2007
    Posts: 856


    Wow! What a difference. Looks like a different car. I love it.
  12. 55Belairman
    Joined: Jan 11, 2013
    Posts: 394


    It's no secret that the 55 Chevy is my favorite car. Got very fond of the one I have when I was six back in 1960. When we would visit my Great Aunt, my family would go into the house, and I would sit in the car out in the garage. I would often tell her that someday I would like to own the car. When I was 18, she called and told me to come and get the car out of her garage. My dream came true! At first, all I cared about were the two doors, but over time, I came to love all of the models. There is something about the design of this car that stops me in my tracks when I see one. Thanks for posting this article.
  13. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,564

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    55s turn 60 this year and I wonder how many (chevys) still exist, I bet more tri five chevys have been kept or saved through the years, than any other car, early 60s back.
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  14. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Truly iconic.
  15. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,669


    The appropriate car to start your series with, and moonshot is dead-on. So glad I got one.
  16. Two Lane Black Top, American Graffiti the image of a 55 Chevy has been drilled into our brains.
  17. What's not to love??? Having recently done ALLOT of restoration work on 2 '54's, I can truly appreciate all the changes Chevy made. Never knew there were SO many options, to be had. Overdive??? and power seats and windows.!! Chevy really gave you good value, for your money. Make mine that blue 2 dr 210 wagon, Please!!
    Those drawings are magical. I am quite sure Jeff Norwell spent countless hours viewing glorious artwork, like in this catalog.

  18. cheepsk8
    Joined: Sep 5, 2011
    Posts: 561

    from west ky

    Of all the cars I have owned or lusted after, The 55 is my favorite body style of any 50s or 60s car. And I favor the post cars now, but the 55 in my opinion of the three years made the cleanest hardtop. Like Lowbudget, I wonder how many are still out there.
  19. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,228


    '55 Chevy reset the game like the flathead Ford did in '32.
  20. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
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  21. Stan Back
    Joined: Mar 9, 2007
    Posts: 975

    Stan Back
    from California

    I like the way the factory chopped the top of every model in the brochure. Maybe lengthened them, too.
  22. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    "And on the eight day, God created the 55 Chevy!"
    Here's a good site for more info on the 55 Chevrolet:
  23. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
    Posts: 21,015

    Staff Member

    My first car was a 55 ht that I bought at age 12 with paper route money in 1972 for 40 bucks . Kept that car for 30 years ... Prolly should have kept it ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1420804134.620375.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1420804160.736631.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1420804199.287126.jpg

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  24. Blade58
    Joined: Mar 5, 2012
    Posts: 341

    from apopka ,Fl

  25. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    The 55 Chevy is on the short list of cars that I could live with dead stock.
  26. KCTA Chris
    Joined: Jan 16, 2002
    Posts: 418

    KCTA Chris

    I did a frame off '55 wagon for our family, most my previous driving experience was in a fat fender coupe, early V8s and a vintage Mustang. It was an astonishing improvement in ride, visibility and comfort with controllable power. It finally helped me understand why a growing man would trade in a older but bitching hot rod for a stocker back then.

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  27. Jay71
    Joined: Sep 15, 2007
    Posts: 856


    Again Moriarity, I absolutely LOVE that car. Could look at it all day. KCTA that is a great wagon!
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  28. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    I bought this custom 55 back in 07. I remembered seeing it in the car magazines as a teenager and thinking it was the perfect 55 custom. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be lucky enough to own it... ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1420839519.921959.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1420839533.522239.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1420839555.022240.jpg ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1420839574.588962.jpg

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  29. 50 customcoupe
    Joined: May 8, 2011
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    50 customcoupe

  30. Flamed48
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 674


    Here's my dads ol 55 that he got in 1975, many fun summer camping memories were made with this car

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