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1955 Chevy 150 - Junkyard Crawl

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By Steve Magnante, Photography by Steve Magnante

Ever wish a car could talk? You know, just a few mumbled words to tell you its story. Here's a '55 Chevy One-Fifty two-door sedan that'd have plenty to say...if only it could. Spotted at Phoenix's Desert Valley Auto Parts (dvap.com) in fall 2008, many miles have passed since this one rolled off the assembly line.

Consider this: Going back to the year 1900, 55 years before this Chevy was built, most Americans were still getting around aboard trains and horse-drawn carriages. The domestic auto industry was active-the first Oldsmobile was built in 1896-but cars were strictly luxurious toys for the rich.

By 1955, the whole deal was flipped upside down and cars were available-and affordable-to just about anybody with a pulse. Best of all, Chevy's 1955 introduction of the 265 small-block brought serious horsepower potential to Main Street, USA. No doubt this ripe One-Fifty was out there swinging.

Groovy Factoids
• In 1911, Louis Chevrolet was a prominent Buick racing driver who dreamed of someday building a car bearing his name. On November 3, 1911, automotive tycoon William C. Durant incorporated the Chevrolet Motor Co. Louis was given the title of consulting engineer but was not a company officer.

• The egg-crate grille used on the all-new '55 Chevy was inspired by the large, open grilles used on Ferrari race cars of the period.

By Steve Magnante
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