In 1955, Chevrolet's "Hot One" burst on the scene with a flurry of fins and chrome. The stodgy automotive company had created an innovative series of cars highlighted by an all-new, optional V8 engine. The rest is history. AUTOMOBILES goes under the hood and down the road with the landmark 1955 CHEVROLET. Automotive writers at the time criticized the cars' "egg crate" chrome grille as outlandish and hard to clean, but today it is heralded as a design masterpiece. But no one ever had a bad word for the ferocious small-block V8 at the heart of this classic Chevy. More than 40 years later that engine has powered millions of racecars, boats, generators, fork lifts and, or course, Chevrolets. It's no wonder Chevy ads shouted "Don't mess with this baby"!
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