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What should buyers know about purchasing a 1955 Chevy pickup?

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Chevrolet manufactured two pickup series in 1955, including the Advance Design series manufactured until March 1955 and the Task Force series manufactured in the later part of the year. These series had distinctly different body styles and few interchangeable parts; the Advanced Design featured a V-6 engine, while the Task Force featured a V-8 engine. As of November 2015, AutoTraderClassics.com and ClassicCars.com list models from each series for sale and feature related services, such as shipping, escrow, inspections and appraisals.

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The 1955 Advanced Design was almost identical to Advanced Design models manufactured in 1954. The main difference was that the 1955 included an open driveshaft design instead of the closed torque-tube that had been used on earlier models. Advanced Design trucks manufactured in 1955 included a 235-cubic-inch V-6 engine and a 6-volt electrical system. These trucks are popular as hot rod projects despite the relatively low performance of the V-6 engine.

The 1955 Task Force introduced a 265-cubic-inch V-8 engine, a wraparound windshield and a 12-volt electrical system, with power steering, power brakes and tubeless tires available as options. The new load-pulling look included fender visors over the headlights, running boards inset behind the cab doors and the egg-crate grille previously available only on Chevy cars.

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