Every now and then a new car arrives just at the right moment, and immediately sets the standard for all others. But rare is the automobile that sets the standard and then goes on to define an era forever more. Not only that, it becomes one of THE most collectible cars of the 20th and 21st Century. Such a car is the Chevrolet of 1955, 1956 and 1957. During the last week of October 1954 and first week of November, Chevrolet dealers across the USA started taking delivery of the 1955 range. The cleanly shaped Chevy called out its American optimism and General Motors’ styling and engineering dominance. It boasted a “sweep sight” wrap around windscreen, a Ferrari inspired chromed grille, lowered roof line and two-tone livery inside and outside. The range went from the poverty pack two door sedan all the way to the svelte pillarless hardtop Bel Air sports coupe and dream car inspired Nomad wagon. And then there was the new V8 engine. All images copyright by GM Media 2017. Any copying by any means is prohibited. 12