LIMA —Edward Nicholas Cole was given a “once in a lifetime” chance when Chevrolet asked him to design a car from scratch in 1952. “We got a big kick out of designing this new Chevrolet, and you will get an even bigger one out of driving it,” said Cole in the GM sales brochure for the 1955 Chevy. Hardtops were as much a part of life in the 1950’s as drive-in diners and black and white television. Just about every house on the block had a hardtop parked in its driveway. Part of GM’s hardtop appeal was that the car really did look like a convertible. This effect was a styling illusion created with bright colors that were also brought to the interior of the cars. The 1955 Chevy was one of the most changed and most exciting car to wear the Chevy bow tie since WWII.
Linda Noss, of Lima, brought her 1955 Chevy Hardtop to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. She has owned it for more than three years. It was in bad shape when she bought it, but after only one and a half years of working on it, it looks like an amazing car. Noss’ husband’s car is featured below, a 1957 Chevy convertible! How lucky for them to have two of the trifecta in one family.