DACC August 2017
FEATURE CAR

 

I have collected cars for most of my adult life and Tri Five Chevys have always been my favorite vintage.  These beauties can be driven 70 mph on the freeway and they have never gone out of style.  They are easy to drive and easy to fix.  I have had over 20 in the past 50 years - everything from originals to hot rods and race cars.
 

About 5 years ago, after a 15 year stint playing with old T-birds, Corvettes and European sports cars, I was itching to get back into the Tri Fives.  I looked at several by private owners and went to several auctions for a year before I finally hit pay dirt.

 

Then came the dilemma--the auction had two Chevys for sale. The one I wanted was a 55 Bel Air convertible, body off restored, turquoise and white with a white top and original interior.  It was powered by a newer 350 coupled with a turbo automatic transmission. The wheels and tires were custom but the rest of the car was in the original style.  The bidding was fast and furious with several bidders pushing the price up quickly.  Finally, things slowed down and I got the car bought, although it was higher than the amount I promised myself I would not go over. (I am sure no one else has ever done that!)

 

I am glad I got back into the 55-57 Chevys.  Today I enjoy driving this Chevy along with several other Tri Fives I have and plan to do so for a long time!

 

Duffy Oyster - Dallas, TX

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