Chevrolet has had more Indy 500 pace cars than any other automaker, and this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible pays tribute to the pace car used for the 39th running of the Indianapolis 500. The actual pace cars used featured a red and white paint job, but Chevy dealers apparently sold these replicas in any paint scheme. This fully restored Bel Air wears a black and white paint job with an accurate pace car livery, and it will be up for auction next month through GAA Classic Cars.
Although this Bel Air isn't wearing the correct pace car livery, it's still a stunning example of a Tri-Five Chevy. It isn't clear when this car was restored, but this was definitely a high-quality restoration job. The exterior paint and chrome work is amazing, while the Indy 500 lettering is a dead-ringer for the actual pace car. All of the details are there to match the pace car, too, including the bumper guards, fender skirts and the white, power-retractable soft top.
Under the hood, this 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible is powered by the same 265 CID V8 that the pace cars did that year, but one major difference is this car uses a two-barrel carburetor while the pace cars featured Rochester dual quads. One especially significant piece of information about this car is that it was formerly on display in the Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg Museum located in Auburn, Indiana.
This beautiful 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Pace Car Tribute goes up for auction during GAA Classic Cars' November 7 - 9 auction event, so make sure you're registered to bid for your chance to own this historically accurate tribute car.
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