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1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 210 Two Door Handyman Wagon Restomod Rare Hot Rod Custom

Make: Chevrolet
Model: Bel Air/150/210
Type: 2-Door Wagon
Trim: "Handyman" Restomod Rare #1 Condition
Year: 1955
Mileage: 5,212
VIN: B550055125
Color: Black
Engine: 400 Small Block
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic 700R
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Gray/Black
Drive side: Right-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: San Clemente, California, United States

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air/150/210 "Handyman" Restomod Rare #1 Condition Additional Info:

1955 Chevrolet 210 Two Door Station Wagon

Modern Show Car Conversion Restomod


5212 Miles Since Build

Custom Fabrication by:

Burtons Classics

Bill & Brian Burton of Stanton, CA

Paint Scheme by Mark Mahood

Stanton, CA

VIN # B550055125

5212 Miles on Frame Off Custom Restoration

(50 Page Detailed Photo Book of Restoration)

Black Exterior

Gray Luxury All Leather Black/Gray Interior

(Interior details below)

High Performance 400 Small Block


700R4 Four Speed Automatic Transmission

(Engine detail below)

Power Front Disc Brakes

Power Steering

Air Conditioning

Power Windows

Sophisticated State-of-the-Art CD Stereo System

Show Quality Inside, Outside and Underneath

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THE 55 “HANDYMAN” Resto-Wagon

Imagine if you can a vehicle so stunning that it draws a crowd when it rolls up on the sand at Malibu Beach or parked “up front” in the Valet Circle at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Sunset Boulevard. This is the kind of unique one-off rides that is nearly impossible to walk or drive by without squeezing off a double take or three. The owner's unique personality and style are all wound into this vision of old classic beauty, modern, luxurious road warrior, and family hot rod/beach cruiser/SUV.

It is nearly impossible to describe this custom modified modern show car conversion by Bill Burton. Perfection is a naughty word to throw around when it comes to automotive anything. This vehicle exudes perfection; in design, in workmanship, appearance, performance, handling and ride quality. Perfection abounds in this 55 two-door classic “Handyman” wagon. You can see it, feel it, hear it and smell it.

There is a unique perfection in this over-all masterpiece. This uniqueness comes from the blend of new modern mechanical and electronic technology to the grace and elegance of a 50's rare classic (less than 1200 two-door wagons in 1955). Just the right touches from a modern tilt steering column with the original steering wheel (in 13” custom diameter) with power/tilt steering. From the gorgeous Bill Burton custom designed radiator and support system to the wonderful installation of leather and Vintage Air Conditioning vents under the classic dash to the perfect location of the CD Changer under the back seat. Just the right touches of modern and classic abound at every corner and quality inch of this brand new condition automobile.

Absolutely stunning body panel fit and paint work catch your eye first, followed by the distinct blast of “leather” air as you enter this marvelous machine. The leather coachwork so fittingly wraps around your body, you feel as though you slipped into the cockpit of a brand new Rolls Royce. The interior coachwork is nearly flawless, from paint finish to carpet and headliner installation. Take a look at some of the little close up pictures I took in the corners of the windshield, back wrap-around, trim pieces inside and out. The fit and finish is still nearly concour even though ten years have past since this beauty was completely restored.

I am helping a friend sell this resto-mod from his collection. I have been taking cars apart and building them for over 40 years. I have been a car collector for all that time and spend a lot of my time in various collector clubs, judging many a concour meet here in Southern CA. This is one of the finest builds I have ever been around. Bill Burton is one of the preeminent builders in Southern California and this car was completely built by Bill. The paint was applied by Mark Mahood.

Driving a Performance Hot Rod like this one starts with a quick turn of the key which lights up the sound of a gentle thunder emanating from below. The balanced and blue-printed 400 small block comes alive without the slightest hesitation. Placing it in gear finds a quick snap into gear with the astonishing 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission and just the right amount of rumble from the Custom Exhaust as you accelerate from stopped. Not too loud, not too quiet, perfection. How did they do this??

Driving the car is best described as a sensual experience. Tell it to go FAST and it thunders at the slightest touch to the accelerator. Roll the seat back and settle in to the open road with the ride quality of a Mercedes Benz S Class. This is a Motorcar that can do almost anything you want it to do. Throw your surfboard in the back or throw the kids in your 1955 “Grand Touring” Wagon and drive to the Grand Canyon on an Adventure Vacation. Who needs an SUV when you have this rig. Remember, this is a modern car from suspension to drive-train to modern driving conveniences such as power steering, power disc-brakes, power windows, power door locks, modern stereo and CD player and air conditioning. And, IT'S A HOT ROD TOO. This beauty has it all.

“The allure surrounding black cars is almost a century old. Some would say that nothing looks better than a spotless black automobile from the 50's or 60's. Every painter loves to take on a great project, as long as the project doesn't involve spraying black paint. Herein, folks, lies the truth... if you want to see if a painter has the necessary skills, ask to see a finished black paint job.” It will tell the tale, just as our gorgeous 55 does.

Over One Year of hard work went into this project built by Bill & Brian Burton at Burton's Classics and painted by the renowned Mark Mahood at Mahood's Auto Body, both shops in Stanton, California. The plan was to build a 55 Chevy Two Door Wagon that was a practical street machine with all the modern goodies for LA driving, with enough power to plant the driver right into the seat. Except for the lowered modern suspension and cool retro-styled wheels this 55 looks just as it did the day it rolled off the showroom floor. Oh, did I mention the “perfect” amount of tint on the windows, Gray Smoke to be exact.

Most hardcore automotive fans of muscle or rodding will admit that the wheel and tire combo make it or break it when examining the overall look of a really cool car. With that in mind, 17” Intro Wheels and Wide Tires were chosen to fill the wheel-well's and give that mean road race appearance. Its aggressive stance is derived from a 3-inch drop in the front and a 4-inch drop in the rear.

This little gem has been owned by two very particular collectors. The car has not ever seen rain and never spent a night out in the elements. It has barely seen sunlight and the exterior paint & chrome look like the day they were applied. There is no fade to the interior leather, gauges or stainless work.

Whether you are donning a pair of Board Shorts or a Tuxedo, you will always feel just right in this once in a life-time Dream Machine.

Driving this gorgeous 55 has been an experience that I will always remember. I only wish I had the money to park it permanently in MY garage.

There was between $130 - $140K billed on this restoration. Plan on spending $150 - $175K to do one just like it today.

This car needs to be sold and is being offered in a No Reserve Format.

California Black Plates do not come with the car.. a pair of CA White Plates are currently registered to the car. Black and Yellow 1955 plates can be applied to this car in California.

I cannot stress to any potential buyer how important it is to come and look at this amazing automobile if you are a serious buyer. To see it is to experience it. We will be happy to take you for a spin so you can feel it, hear it and experience the artistry that is this stunning Burton Classic Built Motorcar.

For further information, please feel free to contact Frank at 949-310-6262. The car is for sale locally and the auction may end before the 10-day period. If you are inclined to strike an arrangement, please feel free to reach out and talk.

Additional Details (too many to list... but listing anyway)

Under the Hood:

Balance and Blueprinted 400 cu inch Small Block Motor

De-burred and Painted Block and Heads

Endlebrock Carburetor and Fuel Pump

Polished Aluminum Endlebrock Intake Manifold

Custom Fuel Lines, Anodized Pulleys

Polished Alum, Flame Engraved Valve Covers, Breathers & Air Cleaner

Holley Plug Wires

Ceramic Coated Headers

Mini Hi-Torque Starter

Stainless Steel Lines

Custom Painted Oil Pan

Custom Radiator w/Twin Electric Fans

Bill Burton Custom Radiator Support, Shell and Fan Shroud (Gorgeous)

Custom Hoses and Anodized Hose Fittings

Painted Hi-Volume Water Pump

Polished Stainless Steel Overflow Tube

Polished Sanden A/C Compressor

Polished GM Alternator

Bill's Hot Rod Shop Brackets

Saginaw 605 Power Steering Box

Late Model Power Steering Reservoir

Smoothed and Filled Inner Fenders

Smoothed and Filled Firewall

Chrome Wiper Motor Cover


Custom Ceramic Coated Flowmaster Exhaust System

Custom Drive Shaft

Custom Rear Shocks

Custom Built Factory Rear End

Tubular Upper and Lower A-Arms

2” Drop Spindles

Front Sway Bar

High Performance Shocks

High Gloss Painted Frame

Polished Stainless Button-Head Steel Bolts and Fasteners

Vented Front Disc Brakes w/late model Dual Reservoir Brake Boosters


Show Quality Custom Black Exterior Paint

All New Rubber & Window Felt

One-Off Custom Chrome “Skeleton Hand” Side Mirror

Intro Wheels 17 Inch w/BF Goodrich Tires

Anti-Glare Windshield

All New Smoke Gray Tinted Glass

Halogen Headlights

Restored and Polished Original Stainless Trim

Power Antennae

Factory Steel Body (excellent no rust California body)

Factory Chrome Grille

Factory Chrome Front Bumper/Rear Bumper

Factory Turn Signals

Factory Hood with Chrome Hood Hinges

Chrome Wipers

Custom Tinted Glass (just right)

Chrome Exhaust Tips

Factory Rear Lights

Chrome Tailgate Hardware


Custom Dash w/Bel Air Dash Trim

Custom Upholstered Black & Gray Leather Front & Rear Seats

Custom Gray Leather Headliner

Custom Black & Gray Leather Side & Kick Panels & Rear Panels

Custom Black & Gray Leather Door Panels

Custom Door Pulls

Custom Gray Square Weave Carpets & Floormats

Custom Under Dash Panel w/ AC Outlets (see pics)

Vintage Air AC Unit

Factory Courtesy Light

Custom Rod Gauges


Chrome Tilt Steering Column ************

Custom 13” Factory Type Steering Wheel

Power Operated Windows

Polished Billet Knobs & Controls

Lokar Pedals

Column Shifter with “Skull” Knob

Factory Parking Brake

Factory Rear Window

Custom Auto Sound Stereo System

AM/FM Cassette Head Unit

Custom Speaker System

Under Rear Seat Mounted 10 Disc CD Changer

Under Rear Seat Mounted Crossfire Amplifier

Custom Crossfire Multi Speaker System

Sub Woofer in Spare Tire Well

Twin Trunk Mounted Dry Cell Batteries

Still Too Much Left to List... Sorry

Terms & Conditions:

I am selling this car for a friend and will answer all e-mails as quickly as possible. However some questions I will have to ask of him and may take some time to get an answer. Please call me if you have any specific questions at 949-498-6201.

The vehicle will be made available for inspection by serious bidders throughout the auction. Please e-mail me if you would like to see the car. If you prefer, I can arrange to have a qualified, independent, professional mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection for you (at your expense).

Winning bidder must contact me within 24 hours of auction end, and make arrangements for payment at that time. A $500.00deposit is due within 48 hours of end of auction. The deposit can be made by cash (please do not mail cash!), bank check, cashier's check, or bank transfer (preferred). The remainder is due within 10 days of Auction end. The remaining balance must be made in the form of a bank transfer (preferred) Cashier'scheck, or bank check (all forms of payment subject to verification). PayPal will not be accepted as a form of payment for either the deposit or the final payment. If no contact is made within 24 hours I reserve the right to re-list the vehicle, sell it to the next high bidder, or sell it otherwise. Please arrange financing prior to bidding. Once the final balance has been paid, title transfer paperwork will be initiated.
Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping of this vehicle. If you wish to have it shipped using a service, I will gladly cooperate, you can locate shippers by doing a search for `auto shippers`.
This is an excellent vehicle, however I, personally, offer no warranty on the vehicle. This automobile is being sold strictlyAS IS/ WHERE IS. If you have any questions or reservations about the condition of the car, you should have a qualified, professional mechanic inspect the vehicle (at your expense).
The winning bidder should have the car insured from the time the final payment is made to me. Once final payment is made, I will exercise a generally accepted standard of care, but the buyer assumes all liability and risk once the final payment is made.
Before delivery of the vehicle, the winning bidder must provide a photocopy of both a valid drivers' license and insurance. Delivery is defined as the time at which physical possession of the car is transferred from the owner Leo Gibbons, the seller, to the buyer or the buyers agent or chosen transport company.
If you are not sure about something, Please ASK. Do not assume anything not listed is included. I reserve the right to cancel bids for excessive negative feedback. The vehicle may be available for sale locally and I reserve the right to end the listing if the vehicle is no longer available for sale.