Think of one post-war American vehicle that has had the most impact and the 1955 Chevrolet could arguably be the winner. Not only was this Chevrolet the stylish recipient of several Italian influences (most notably the grille), but it also was the first year for Chevrolet’s brand-new small-block V8 (the first V8 Chevy was in 1917, for you trivia nerds). This restomod we caught at LSXtv.com takes things a bit further than the original 265.
When you take a gander under the hood, you’ll notice an LS6 small-block from a C5 Z06 from 2003. Its lineage stretches way back to 1955, although it’s almost like another engine altogether. Underneath you’ll find components to give the “Shoebox” a contemporary feel, with a Lokar-shifted four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and a polished Jaguar IRS rear—a favorite with hot rodders—suggesting this Chevy is more cruiser than burnout champion. Inside you’ll find modern amenities like Vintage Air, a polished tilt steering column, Dakota Digital instrumentation, and a custom console; combine that with contemporary Corvette design cues in the seats and door panels and there’s no doubt that traffic jams are no sweat.
Take a look at the below video for visual details on this trick 1955 Chevy.