Goodguys Giveaway Car in 2011 built by Ironworks
Do you remember the awesome classic custom 1955 Chevy Bel Air Custom Convertible that Goodguys had built in 2011 as their Giveaway car that year? As is customary Goodguys campaigned the Clean Air ’55 throughout the 2011 Goodguys car show season and then made the presentation to its new owner in November at the Goodguys Southwest Nationals. It wasbuilt at Ironworks Speed & Custom in California with a build cost reported to be in the area of $250,000! Then they just gave it away.
Today the Goodguys 1955 Chevy Bel Air Custom Convertible is still in spectacular condition being offered for sale today in the Cars On Line Chevrolet Section listed under 1955 Show And Go Customs. This is the first time this car is being offered to the public. The seller, from Bonita Springs, Florida, says it still has only 1,900 miles since the Goodguys restoration. It should be noted that part of the Goodguys plan was to title and smog the Clean Air ’55 in California so it would be able to be driven in any state. California standards are the toughest.
The car was a little controversial at the time because because this car was built with reproduction metal stamped panels. Ironworks in California was producing cutting-edge chassisfor both race cars and street machines. They had just come out with a new production frame ready to ship for Tri-Five Chevys. At this same time EMI had newly stamped a fresh production of reproduction Tri-Fives. They say the car drove like a Corvette with C6 aluminum control arms up front and a four link. RideTech coilovers were employed at all for corners, adjustable for track conditions.
The engine is an LS3 E Rod producing 423 horsepower. The transmission has a Gearstar 4L60E overdrive transmission, 220 stall converter, and a Chassisworks 9-inch rear end with Fab 9 pumpkin and Moser 31-spline axle. The red show paint was applied by Kenny Davis Hotrods in Arkansas, interior done by The Recovery Room of Nebraska and sound by Kicker. The wheels are Vintage by Intro.
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