The new era of ratrods has brought a whole new style to the culture of custom cars. Where before we were looking at cars restored and in pristine condition, the ratrod often works at being more deceptive. Generally looking like it’s just been thrown together, the ratrod is the perfect car to challenge to a drag race – whether that’s on a drag strip or down the highway – and when I meant he perfect car, I’m talking about the fact that you will lose. No doubt about it. So it’s easy for looks to be deceiving and today’s car, this 1955 Chevy Wagon, is no different.
A quick history of the 1955 Chevy Wagon
The 1955 Chevy was considered a huge success for Chevrolet and came in 3 models: the 150, the 210 and the Bel Air – perhaps the most famous of the three. You can take a look at our Bel Air article here, or take a closer look at the infamous Project X.
The 1955 Chevy was the first successfully Chevrolet car with a V8 engine in an attempt to compete with the 1949 Oldsmobile. The small block V8 was easy to maintain and became such a success that Chevy still sell it today – obviously with a few modernizing tweaks.
By 1955, Chevrolet had finally caught up with Ford in terms of the body design and looked like a true car of the 50s with the signature shoebox look. The change was attributed to straight side and hood panels, a new windshield that was made from wrap-around glass and the triangular tail lights that have become such an iconic classic.
Yep, the 1955 Chevy Wagon was an instant hit.
An in-depth look at this car
The car we’ve got here today is the 1955 Chevy Wagon, the 4-door version. Suitable for 6 passengers, and built with 7 windows, this car was manufactured for both the 210 series and the Bel Air series.
With an original top speed of 144 kmh, this car certainly packed a punch but today, we’re more interested in this particular restoration project. Photographed by Roy Bridgewood, this rusty classic is looking very haggard, but it works.
Going back to what I was saying about the ratrod style, this 1955 Chevy Wagon has got it all going on. The perfect restoration project but with a twist.
I personally love this rusty exterior and the attribution to age and bygone eras of the grand 1955 Chevy Wagon. But don’t let looks deceive you because under the hood is an LS V8. Part of the GM small block engine family, the LS V8 can pack a punch and is popular with the rear-wheel-drive cars and trucks.
Irrelevant of what the car is capable of, the colors are what do it for me and you’re sure to find that this old Chevy Wagon is going to turn heads in the street.
Are you fan of the rusty exterior? Or do you prefer a proper restoration project? Share your thoughts by commenting below.