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In automobile jargon, Tri-Five refers to the 1955, 1956 and 1957 Chevrolet automobiles, more specifically, the nostalgic Chevy Bel Air, 150, 210 and legendary Nomad. All the Tri Five cars were revolutionary in their era, these Tri Five Cars spawned a cult following that exists in clubs, website and even entire restoration businesses that exclusively cater to the enthusiasts of the Tri Five automobiles. Danchuk is a multinational restoration parts maker that builds products only for the Tri Five cars and there are many others in the market due to the prestige of the 1955, 1956 and the 1957.  Like most serious restorations shops, The Restomod Factory has a special place in our heart for restoring the Tri Five cars with the Chevy Belair leading the way. 

City Classic Cars is Chevy Belair Country

The Lines and Engineering on the Chevy Belair will make a grown man blush and young kid dream. Sabra Johnson and his team get excited when a Bel Air rolls into the Shop for repair or full restoration.


For those new to classic cars, the Chevrolet Bel Air was a full size car produced by Chevrolet for the 1950–1981 model years. Initially only the two door hardtops in the Chevrolet model range were designated with the Bel Air name from 1950 to 1952, as distinct from the Styleline and Fleetline models for the remainder of the range. With the 1953 model year the Bel Air name was changed from a designation for a unique body shape to a premium level of trim applied across a number of body styles. The Bel Air continued with various other trim level designations until US production ceased in 1975. Production continued in Canada, for its home market only, through the 1981 model year. The best years for the Chevrolet Belair in the opinion of City Classic Cars was the Tri Five years of 1955, 1956 and 1957 which is why City Classic Cars loves to restore the Tri Five cars.  



1955 Chevrolet Years For Restoration 

In 1955, Americans purchased 7.1 million new automobiles, including 1.7 million Chevrolets, giving the company fully 44% of the low-price market and surpassing Ford in total unit sales by 250,000. The Chevy Bel Air was an instant hit with consumers, with Base One-Fifty models starting under $1600 and featuring a six cylinder again. Today, you can rarely find one under $10, 000.  The introduction of the new optional 170 horsepower Chevrolet 265cid V8, coupled with the powerglide automatic transmission quickly earned the model the nickname "The Hot One". 1955 also saw the introduction of the Chevrolet Nomad. Priced at $2571, it was at the higher end of the Chevrolet pricing scale but came standard with plush carpeting, two-toned paint, headliner trim and other features that separated it from the most basic 150 Series Chevrolets. The 1955 are the years every restorer dreams about. You are not a Classic Car restorer until you touch a 1955 Chevy Bel Air. At City Classic Cars we are blessed to have touched a few 1955 Chevy's our restoration shop in Spring Texas.

1956 Chevrolet Years for Restoration

Chevrolet sold 104,849 Bel Air models in 1956, due in part to the new V8 engine introduced a year before. By year 1956, the 265cid Chevy V8 had gained popularity with hot rodders who found the engine easy to modify for horsepower gains so Chevy engineers managed to up the horsepower in 1956 from 170 hp to 225 hp with optional add-ons. As stated, City Classic Cars would love to earn your business in restoring your Tri Five automobile. "Some people dream about restoring a Cadillac or vintage Ferrario, for me nothing is more American that a Tri Five car."- Sabra Johnson

1957 Chevrolet Years for Restoration

The last of the Tri-Five Chevrolets introduced several changes, including the large tailfins, "twin rocket" hood design, even more chrome, tri-color paint and a choice from no less than seven different V8 engines. While in 1957, Ford outsold Chevrolet for the first time in a great while, today the price of a 57 Ford is less than $30, 000 in good condition while the Chevy is far greater in price. As the horsepower race continued in 1957, Chevrolet introduced a new version of their small block, with 283 cubic inches of displacement and 245 horsepower. The Chevrolet engineers introduced a limited number of Rochester fuel injected 283 engines that produced 283 horsepower, the first production engine to achieve 1 horsepower per cubic inch. For all intent and purposes, this made the 1957 Bel Air a "hot rod", right off the production line. The 1957 Chevy was available with manual transmission only. The base 265cid engine saw an increase from 170 to 185 horsepower as well. While not as popular as the previous year's offering, Chevrolet still managed to sell 1.5 million cars in 1957. Today, the 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is one of the most sought after collector cars ever produced. At City Classic Cars we enjoy each and every time we have the opportunity to follows in the footsteps of greatness of we restore your 1957 Chevy automobile. 

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Why Choose City Classic Cars to Build Your Tri Five Car?

City Classic Cars has proven experience in handling the challenges with exacting of details on the Tri Five car as everyone knows what a Chevy Belair is suppose to look like at the end of the build. The builder of a Tri Five car is chasing the original engineers and the many restorers through the years that have produced so great recreations. City Classic Cars is ready and able to build the Tri Five car of your dreams. Call us so we can discuss your project today.     

Tri Five Classic Cars

1955 Chevy, 1956 Chevy, and 1957 Chevy Repair & Restoration by City Classic Cars


City Classic Cars always has at least 2 or 3 Chevy Bel Airs of all makes and models in the shop on any given day. The Tri Five cars are fun projects to restore.

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