If Doc's character in the Disney movie Cars was played by a Chevy, it would have been this car. Doc Deluxe? It looks the part with a really cool “Patina” paint job. But the rest of the wear, cracks, and creases on this car were earned the hard way and remain authentic. You can almost hear this car trying to impart some old school wisdom into the modern “Rookie” cars its surrounded by.
That paint job makes it look like this car just rolled out of an old barn, yet it's easy to keep clean and polished up. The fastback style and the smooth curves of the body are 1950s, state of the art, aerodynamic design. The rear fender has a sweeping curve from its leading edge to the rear of the car. It has a chrome gravel guard to protect the leading edge from damage and a polished metal bead where the fender joins the body. A fender skirt encloses the rear wheel, while a flat dish hub cap keeps the air flow clean over the front wheel. Polished trim runs along the base of the windows, an accent line in the center, and the rockers. Quite a few pounds of chrome lead the way at the front of the car. The headlights have chrome “eyelids”, and a split windshield is flanked by Two! Spotlights. At the rear, dual chrome tailpipes exit below the bumper with two tag lights sitting high on their chrome towers above it.
Inside this car you will find a cloth bench seat and a metal dash. Both look their age with the wear that comes from an adventurous life. If they could talk, the stories they would tell! There are a couple interesting features on this dash. One is a knob labeled with a “T” which operates the throttle to assist in start-up. Another is the vacuum tube radio with integrated speaker, and a manual wind, 7-day clock built into the glove box door. There is a knob on the steering wheel, which comes in handy wheeling it around in parking lots. A plaid bench seat has a couple rips where the driver sits, as would be expected with this original interior, but the rest of the front seat, and the rear seat upholstery are in pretty good shape. Original door panels and head liner are faded and wrinkled a bit, but that's all part of the vintage charm of leaving them that way.
Under the hood you will find a hot rod engine that goes with those vintage racing decals. It is a 235-cubic inch powerhouse. A finned Wayne valve cover looks great in red and polished metal. Polished metal bells top dual Rochester carbs and an Edmonds Custom intake feeds the beast. New plugs, wires and coil make sure it gets good spark, and a cherry bomb style exhaust make it sound good. Again, this engine compartment is true retro, just like you would find it back in the day. Even down to the manual shut off for the coolant running to the heater core, because you could never seem to get those factory heater control valves adjusted quite right. The suspension is conventional, sharing its basic design with many modern cars. Control arms with coil springs and sway bar in the front. Leaf springs in the rear. In keeping with the racing theme of this car, there are lowering blocks on those rear springs giving it that unique stance. Steel wheels with 215/75R15 white wall tires all around get the power on the ground.
Don't you think this car would be a bunch of fun to drive around? Come on down and see if it might be you who gives that dash board and those bench seats more stories to tell.