Now here's something you don't often come across anymore - a coveted '50s Chevy that not only still features a truly impressive level of originality but also continues to run unusually well. This 1954 Chevrolet 210 captures the model in its stouter, more curvaceous first generation form and, since most of its counterparts have long since fallen by the wayside and those that still have a mechanical pulse have almost invariably been modified, it represents quite an opportunity.
The 210 already gets a proverbial head start in the looks department, with just the image you conjure up in your mind's eye when you think “classic '50s sedan”. It's got a generously-proportioned, sturdy build, with beefy chrome bumpers and an ornate grille that sits just below that rocket-shaped emblem pointing the way forward toward your next adventure. Appealing light green paint encircles the body before giving way to crème colored roof and pillars to create a more subdued take on the two tone color schemes that characterized the Chevys of this era. While you can see a few subtle signs of the passing years since the paint's application, it's held up well and a detailing session will take things to an even higher level. Most cars wore an extensive collection of chrome as a badge of honor during the '50s and this 210 represents that styling cue nicely - every exterior fitting appears to be in top form, including those stretches of side trim that run the literal length of the car and pass over a pair of sharp fender skirts in back. As vital as this classic is, its unrelenting authenticity also comes through loud and clear.
Peer inside and you'll see an interior that looks startlingly close to how it did when this 210 first cruised off the showroom floor, wearing a two tone color scheme of its own that complements the exterior. The cloth bench seats both fore and aft really present nicely, with very little wear apparent on their vinyl surfaces and no tears in sight. Up front, the dash area is in matching condition and still carrying an assortment of period-correct gauges, with only the clock and AM radio toward its center requiring any attention to get back up and running and some stylish chrome accenting and script on display on the passenger side. The door panels to each side still cling to their surrounding steel frames and the handles on each are as clean as can be. Raise the deck lid and you'll see the trunk space on this classic is substantial and a full-size spare sits inside in its proper upright position.
Mechanically speaking, this 210's level of originality is downright unusual. It features a thoroughly period correct and unmodified drivetrain, starting with the 235 cubic inch inline 6 cylinder beneath its hood. Adjacent to the vintage powerplant, a signature compact air cleaner of the time sits over a 2-barrel carb and, aided by the addition of an HEI ignition - about the only deviation from factory configuration you'll find on this Chevy - the engine fires up promptly, runs smoothly and works alongside a smooth shifting 3-speed manual transmission, so there would be nothing stopping you from getting behind the wheel and onto the road without delay once you get it home. A quartet of 15” steel wheels with chrome center caps puts just the right finishing touch on this absolute charmer of a classic.
Looking for a classic Chevy that's still in its original state in all respects and yet doesn't sacrifice drivability? This 1954 Chevrolet 210 is the one for you. Call today!