Lot 350: Chevrolet One-Fifty Two-Door Sedan Hotrod
Long the nation's most popular car, Chevrolet stunned the public in 1955 with fresh styling and a new engine. The ads called it "The Hot One" and hot it was, especially when equipped with the Power Pack, a four-barrel carburetor setup with dual exhausts. Rated 180bhp at 4,600 rpm, the 265 cubic inch overhead valve V8 was capable of 0-60 in under ten seconds, then quite a feat, and was timed at speeds to 105mph. The public loved it, and nearly 1.7 million were sold, a record for the marque in a record year for the industry. The recipient of a frame-off rebuild in 2008, this Oakland-built 1955 Chevrolet was upgraded from its original six-cylinder "mild one" configuration to hotter than "The Hot One." As part of the renovation by JH Restorations of Riverside, California, it received an LS-1 cast iron small block Chevy engine, stroked to 408 cubic inches and fitted with a Kenne Bell supercharger built by Superior Automotive Engineering of Anaheim. The Hydra-Matic 4L80-E transmission was built by Hubbe's Performance in Corona. The car is fitted with a Highway 22 wiring harness and electrical system by American Autowire, and four-wheel disc brakes. The rear end has been tubbed and runs on a four-link suspension and Fab 9 axle housing by Chris Alston. The paint is Lamborghini Yellow and White, applied by Doug Starbuck of Starside Designs. The car is upholstered in two-tone European leather with Nomad trim, and is equipped with Vintage air conditioning, a Kenwood touch-screen sound system with XM radio and MP3 capability. It has a Garmin-based GPS and a LoJack anti-theft car security system. Power steering, power brakes and power windows complete the set of driver and passenger comforts. Having covered just 2,180 miles since the rebuild, it is essentially a new car. Eye-catching, fast and comfortable, it is ready to roll.
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