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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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  • Actors: 1955 Chevrolet
  • Directors: -
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KZVQ7K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,664 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By JAG 2.0 VINE VOICE on January 21, 2011
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I am a fan of the History Channel's "Automobiles" series and this is one of those shows originally aired on that cable/satellite channel.

This DVD highlights the 1955 Chevrolet midsize cars that changed Detroit styling and performance. The video does a good job of setting the stage for the car's appearance on dealer showroom floors. It shows the viewer that Chevrolet was viewed as the economy or low-end automaker, low on style and performance. The leadership at GM felt that unless they could change that perception, they would lose to Ford in the present and future.

The car's styling was influenced by Cadillac and performance was enhanced by a new V-8, one that would power Chevrolets for decades to come - the small block Chevy V-8. The video does a very good job of showing that the increased affluence of Americans in the 50's led to the desire for more styling and performance under the hood. The video did a good job of showing how the cars evolved over several years as well as how Chevrolet used racing to boost interest in the new car.

On the whole, it's a good video. A couple things I didn't like: first, it's only 47 minutes long. Second (and worse), the price is simply too high for a 47 minute video. Not to worry. There are Amazon sellers (look under "buying options") who will sell you this video (both new and used) at a far lower price. I give this HC production four stars.
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automobiles 1955 chevrolet dvd arrived yesterday automobiles 1955 chevrolet has a clip of lucille ball talking about the 1957 ford it also has the 1955 1956 1957 chevrolet it is worth having anybody who loves the 1955 chevrolet will enjoy this dvd
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