1955-1957 Chevy Car Recognition
Car Recognition Guidelines
- The 1955 Chevrolet is distinguished by a relatively simple rectangular grill.
- Wraparound windshield was first introduced.
- 1955 was the first year that a V-8 265 cubic inch engine was offered since 1917. The V-8 engines did not come with an oil filter.
- The dash brushed aluminum trim is designed with bowties
- The gas tank door is located in the rear drivers side quarter panel just behind the rear wheel opening.
- The roof of all Nomads was distinctive – it was ribbed with nine grooves.
- The Chevrolet passenger cars received a minor faceliift.
- Full-width front Grill.
- Longer and flatter hood.
- The rear wheel openings, which were elongated and flared and designed to accentuate a longer lower look.
- The rear taillights were redesigned and the left taillight assembly hid the fuel filler cap.
- All V-8s came with a full-flow oil filter.
- The generator was mounted differently to reduce vibrations.
- Turn signal indicators were made standard equipment.
- The dash brushed aluminum trim is designed in rectangular squares.
- The dual four barrel intake setup came with an aluminum intake manifold.
- Seatbelts and shoulder harnesses were optional as dealer-installed accessories for the first time.
- Another safety related option was the padded dash.
- Shared the basic roof design, doors, and rear deck with 55-56 models.
- Front end featured a new integral bumper-grill combination.
- The hood was lowered and flatter and received two wind splits.
- The cowl air induction was eliminated and replacement air intakes were located in the upper half of the headlight bezels.
- The front fenders have three indentations just behind the headlight bezels.
- Fenders incorporated fins and the taillight and back-up light location included in the bumper.
- The fuel filler door is located behind a panel on the left rear fender moulding.
- Side trim moulding created a triangular area on the rear quarter panel.
- Interior is restyled with a single large round speedometer flanked by a smaller round temperature guage on its left and a gasoline guage on the right.
- Speakers on cars equipped with a radio were relocated to the top of the dash.
- A new window-type distributor that was used for the first time made it possible to adjust the breaker points while the engine was running.
- The big deal was the availability of a Rochester mechanical fuel injection system on the 283ci V-8. Total of 1,530 passenger Chevrolets were equipped with fuel injection in 1957.