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Eye Candy: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

The desire to own a Chevrolet Bel Air started when I was a young girl. I don't really want to say how old I am, although my beautiful Bel Air is just a few years older than I am.

  • 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

The car: 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

The owners: Darlin and Gerry Bonchek, Courtice

The story: The desire to own a Chevrolet Bel Air started when I was a young girl. I don’t really want to say how old I am, although my beautiful Bel Air is just a few years older than I am.

We owe our thanks to a man coming for his morning coffee at a local coffee shop every day for years for telling us there was a 1955 Chevy for sale in Oshawa.

As soon as I saw her, I knew she was my car.

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

Our Bel Air was built in Kansas City in March 1955, shipped to Texas, where it was a family car for more than 40 years. The car was sold and towed to Pennsylvania and then came to Canada when the owner retired to Ontario in 2000.

We were so lucky to buy our car in 2009. We made a few repairs; the most important one was the addition of a radio, since you just cannot go cruising without your rock ?n? roll.

While I was picking up a few things on the way home from a recent car night, a young boy had seen me drive in. In the store, his mother and I started talking and I asked him what kind of car he wants to have when he is older?

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

His answer was a big surprise and priceless: “Yours.”

The coolest part was, as we started cruising around, we met so many people and they stop and tell us the most amazing stories. We have heard tales from grandfathers, fathers, mothers, daughters and sons about their Chevys.

Some admit they wished they still had it. The stories are great and we have cherished every one of them.

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

I have one regret: My dad (Harry Irwin) was building this model car in 1955 in Oshawa but, sadly, never got to see our car. He would have loved it so much.

All I wish for now is sunny days, my Bel Air and the road. I will be the lady behind the wheel of the Sea Mist green Bel Air.

The only thing better than fresh air is a Bel Air!

1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

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