MARK MORIARITY HAS OWNED AND BUILT many very cool cars in his time. But, for Mark, this one is personal: he remembered and loved this car as a kid, and a couple of years ago when he had the chance to actually purchase his "Dream Car" he didn't hesitate ! And, in the process he's saved the car from being hidden away...it can now be seen all over again.
The '55 Chevy Bel Air in question was originally owned & built by Paul Savelesky of Washington. Paul purchased the car in '56, worked on it and modified it as the years went by, and had it featured in the May, 1960 issue of Rod & Custom. More modifications readied it for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, and turned it into an Award Winner. Always a great looking Feature Car, in 1963 it scored features in both Hot Rod, and , Car Craft .
As it's happened many times, Paul eventually sold the car. It went to Canada, was repainted, was shown there as the "Circuit Breaker", then went into a garage not to be seen for decades. In 1998 Paul was reunited with the car, subsequentaly doing a complete restoration on the '55 before he, sadly, passed away.
But, listen to Mark as he explains his version of how he obtained a car that he dreamed about for a long, long time...and finally acquired. Dreams DO come true !
(IN FACT, this beautiful '55 was featured in Rod & Custom once again , in its restored state, in the January, 2009 Issue. Check-it out on Pages 10-14. JK )
(Above left: The power swivel-seated/TV installed interior; Above right: The chromed 348 '59 Buick Nailhead. Both photos Courtesy of Rod & Custom Magazine)
(Above left & right: I shot these pix of this beautiful '55 Chevy when Mark brought it to the 2008 KKOA Lead Sled Spectacular in Salina, Kansas. )