Even if the 1955 Chevrolet did not carry the design language that has made it, along with the ’56 and ’57 Chevys, one of the classic collectible cars of its era, it would have been historically significant because it introduced the small block Chevy V8. Of course it’s design that has made the “tri-five” Chevys the icons that they are. Still, over in Dearborn, the designers at Ford weren’t just sitting around twiddling their fingers. In many ways I think the mid ’50s Fords can go toe to toe (tire to tire?) with the tri-five Chevys in terms of styling. This custom 1955 Ford Victoria (the Crown Victoria of the day had additional chrome trim) may be a bit fussier around the front grille than a ’55 Chevy is but I think it’s also a bit more modern, more angular and less bulbous than the Chevrolet.
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