About my car

I was one of those lucky kids who had a father that lived for building hot rods. Mom and Dad, never had a family car. Every-single-one of his cars were built for drag racing. He had '40 Merc's, '50 Olds, all of the Tri-Fives, '68 Camaro, '69 Hurst Olds, '68 Vette.......if you can name it, he probably owned one, at some point. My father and uncle (mother's brother), were building a '55 Chevy 2 door sedan to race in one of the Gasser Classes. With the car nearly finished, he and my uncle took me along for a test run. Jesse H. Jones High School was right around the corner from our house. It was right at dark, early evening, when we pulled up to the street that runs alongside the school on Southwind St. I was in the back seat, sitting on the edge of the seat between them, so I could see everything. Dad pushed the clutch pedal to the floor, revved the motor and dumped the clutch. The car launched hard, throwing me back in the seat. Ashes from the ashtray covered my shirt. All I could see out the front windshield was stars. Man.........I LIKED IT!. I was hooked for life. I've been a fanatic ever since.

With all the memories of hot rods, drag strips and dads friends constantly working on their cars, it only goes to figure that I would build my own, some day. In 1980, I bought a '55 Chevy 2 door sedan. The car was purchased, new, in Houston, Texas. The original owner took the car from the dealership to his shop, radiused the rear wheel wells and starting racing in "D" Gas. He raced the car for many years, later selling it to a young guy in South Houston. He owned the car for about 4 years, then sold it to me. I married in 1983, had my first daughter in 1984 and ended up selling it to buy a boat "for the family." I did, however, have a chance to finish the car (I'll attach a pic) before I let it go. And, it was a runner. I regret selling that car to this day.

Fast forward to 2015. Everyone knew that I was in the market for a '55 Chevy. I received a call from a friend, who told me about this car. He gave me the address and told me to "take money with you.....you're gonna buy it.. When I got to the sellers shop, the car was on a lift. I grabbed a flashlight and started looking at everything. I couldn't believe how solid this car is. All original sheet metal and 95% original. The car had 64,000 original miles on it. The motor is a 265 V8 - 3 on the tree (with overdrive) and gets 20.8 miles per gallon on the highway. The color of the car is not my preferred choice but, this car was one of the best '55's I'd looked at in years. The interior is blue and white. I tell everyone the interior looks like a 1950's gas station bathroom. I changed the wheels and tires when one of the whitewalls blew out. Those things are EXPENSIVE. At this time, I'm going to drive it, as is. I really don't have plans to modify the car.

  • This car was made in 1955 and I've driven it since 2015
  • The Chevrolet Delray was in production from 1954 to 1958

I love my '55 Chevy

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