1954 Chevrolet 210
The Chevrolet Two-Ten, or 210, was the midrange model of the Chevrolet car from 1953 to 1957. It took its name by shortening the production series number (2100) by one digit in order to capitalize on the 1950's trend toward numerical auto names. The numerical designation '"210"' was also sporadically used in company literature. It replaced the Styleline DeLuxe model available in previous years. The Two-Ten was discontinued after the 1957 model year to be replaced by the Biscayne. The Two-Ten shared the wedge-shaped side trim with the Bel Air, but unlike the Bel Air (which had the wedge filled with an aluminum trim panel) the Two-Ten's wedge was painted either body color, or top color with the optional two-tone paint package. "Chevrolet" in script was mounted inside the wedge.
If you are thinking about owning a classic Chevrolet form the mid 1950's, you know something you can hop into and go for a cruise down to your local McDonald's (it started in 1954) or just wasting gas cruising listening to Bill Haley and The Comets, or maybe showing off your girl's new poodle skirt, all in near showroom style, then this 210 will grab you and never let go. Immaculately kept is hard to see any a fault on this 2-owner patina survivor.
This car purchased by the consigner in 1994 from the original owner who passed on information that this car underwent a respray in the mid '80's. It was color matching and in Bermuda Green, and a top highlighted with Shoreline Beige. Paint shows slight dulling but overall is in very good condition with no visible rusting on any of the straight panels. From its flying bird hood ornament to the headlight bezels, bumpers and mirrors and handles, all chrome on this car has slight pitting but retains its shine as well. Looking at the profile we see a front to rear trim spear that slices right through the mid-section of this car. A bullet like bulging rear quarter has a large trim piece curving with its profile on the bottom, and a small topper spear that looks rearward. Also breaking up the Bermuda Green are chromed rocker trim pieces. Car manufacturers of this era quickly realized that chrome sells, and this car has an abundance of it including around all windows, and completely wrapping the car at the belt line. Bringing up the rear is a large bumper with guards in the center, oval tail/backup lights and Chevrolet badging and script in your grandmother's handwriting. Wide whites are on all 4 corners and are covered with dog dish bowtie chromed covers.
A swing of the doors and we see some early jet age influence in the form of light green and dark green interplay within shapes that emulate Yeager's Bell X-1. Also noted we are all clean and chromed in the handle and crank department. Moving inside we see 2 large benches, one split in front and another in the rear stretching from C pillar to C pillar. These are covered in green striped on light green broadcloth and have some use of a solid sage green cloth on the backs and bolsters. Cloth appears in excellent condition and is believed to be a recovering. A two-tone dash in dark and light green presents as original with plenty of vertical ribbed chrome trim, and a nice clean instrument cluster, all in operating condition. Headliner is tight and original mohair and has a warm faded with age look that presents a beautiful contrast to the new seat coverings.
Sitting within an unrestored al original engine bay is a 235ci Inline 6-cylinder engine. This has a 1-barrel carburetor atop, and a 3-speed manual transmission on back. The very back has a 3.70 gear rear.
Underneath shows passage of time in a dry environment with slight surface rust and plenty of black steel with patina finish. Just a tiny bit of surface rust is seen on the lower inside doors. Independent coil spring suspension in front, and leaf spring suspension in the rear with 4-wheel drum brakes makes up this simple undercarriage.
A comfortable interior with a 3-speed that shifts smoothly, and a car that drives very nicely. Great cruiser has nice power as one goes up through the gears, and this car handles nicely despite its weight. No noted inoperable functions.
Literally owned by 1 person from 1954 to 1994, then picked up by our consigner who has receipts on maintenance since 1974. A nice find with an older respray holding well, recently recovered seats, and an all original look just like it did in 1954. A great 210 that has had a life well lived.
B-Deluxe Series 210
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
052053-Sequential Unit Number
STYLE NO 54 1011W-210 Deluxe Sedan
BODY NO M8396-Baltimore Body #
TRIM NO 306-Light Green Pattern Cloth & Dark Green Plain Cloth
PAINT NO 554-Shoreline Beige & Bermuda Green