Skip to comments.World's Only 'Brand-New', 100% Original 1950 Chevrolet Coupe!
Posted on 05/23/2011 9:55:11 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
I want one
Wow. Me want!
Sweet a car with style.
That plaid upholstery is wild.
That plaid upholstery is wild.
Humma humma humma. That’s a gem. My first car (in 1968) was a ‘53 Chevy w/3 on the floor. We called it the Blue Goose.
Made in America... good stuff.
Those things felt like they where made of IRON, not steel... seriously, the gauge they used in the 50s is like a tank
My first car was a ‘54 Chevy 4 door, green with a white top. It had the two speed automatic that would allow the driver to kick down into the lower range for passing.
I don’t recall ever changing the oil...I just kept adding as needed...
Unless it has been used a lot in the last 10 years, I know where a Ford 3/4 ton 1955 Pickup is located. It had only 5000 miles at the time, even had the original tires which did not show even the slightest sign of rot and actually had very little wear.
It was always kept indoors. For most of it’s life it was used as a fire truck then used as a welder’s truck. It was well kept up and really did still look almost new.
Radio too. Back then, only rich people had cars with radios in them.
Wow, look at the fender skirts on that thing. Talk about the automotive equivalent of Jennifer Lopez’ backside!
Nice! One of my previous neighbors had a car just like it and the same color too, I believe. Not sure about the year, but must have been close to it.
Omg! Destroy it! How many people will that car kill with it’s emissions??????/s
My parents had a Cadillac about this vintage and that light green color. I had a model of it as a kid (a giveaway when they bought the car?). As a kid I thought the color was ugly - now not so much, at least on the older cars.
I think it was ‘52 or ‘54 and they took it on the Queen Elizabeth with them to Europe for a few months trip. Would get the biggest looks I heard. Mom even signed a few autographs - I’ll have to ask her again what movie star she signed as!
The 216 didn't really have a pressurized oil system. At faster speeds, the engine was very likely to starve for oil at necessary points (like rod bearings) due to the configuration. We had an old 1951 Chevy pick-up that originally came with the 216. My dad and I replaced the 216 with a 235 from a later model to get the pressurized oil system, and upgraded the 6-volt system to a 12-volt system.
Also, the '51 pick-up had the starter button on the floor underneath the gas pedal. I'm not certain if the car was the same, but it's probable.
You'd pull the choke on, pump the gas a few times, turn on the key, and push the gas pedal all the way to the floor to start it (ensuring a splash of fuel and open throttle for the start).
You have a way with words.
Upon closer examination I see that. It also has a lot of other things that were not on a lot of Styleline Coupes. Back-up lights, Directionals and a Powerglide. I am not sure that Chevy offered the spot light or chrome exhaust tip though. They may have been a dealer installed items. The guy hit most of the option boxes on the order form available that year for that car.
If I remember correctly, the original equipment batteries were Delcos.
There is a Fram filter case mounted on the intake manifold, and don't believe that was original equipment.
But that induces real nostalgia. I worked in a Chevrolet repair shop from 1938 to 1944, and again from '46 to '50.
The 235 inline 6?
It is the 235. It was the only engine you could get with a Powerglide. $159 dollar option for the transmission and the upgraded engine was part of the package. The 235 was a truck engine which Chevy was always doing if you remember the 409 option a decade later.
Isn’t that the color they used to call “no-sale green”?
Thanks, I didn't realize that. I also didn't realize the 235 didn't have a fully pressurized oil system until 1953. I thought they all came with it. Good to know for any future builds. I miss that truck, but at the time I got rid of it, I didn't have a place to put it, and I couldn't haul my kids in it (no seat belts).
It was fun. I used to freak people out when I'd turn the key on, put both hands on the wheel, and then the truck would magically start. Of course, the trick only worked when they were standing outside the truck.
Yeah, it needs a little love... looks like a jerry rigged oil filter too, but not to far to get it perfect
This one is particularly loaded indeed, esp. for a 6 cyl car
I went for one that's been altered - a lot, but basically looks the same as factory. 55 was my favorite year for old style Chevrolet's....
Is that a turn signal lever I see?
I’ll bet the seat covers are a dealer installed option.
LOL...I bought a restored '66 MGB that had all the options...pinstripe leather upholstery, heater, ashtray, lap belts, AM radio and the knockoff wire wheels. She was stylin!
The Chevy dealer where we bought a Tahoe in ‘03 had a 60’s model vette on the showroom floor that had never been sold and still carried the manufactures warranty.
If GM still made cars like that, no bailouts would be needed.
We had one of these when I was a kid, except that it was a ‘51. The upholstery was different, more of a plush fabric with parallel rows of stitching. No air conditioning either in the car or the house, so we would go for evening drives with the windows down and my head out the back window. I’d be asleep by the time we got home. My mom would be in the front seat holding my baby sister, no seat belts anywhere in sight.
Preserving a car in storage requires a great deal of attention. Tires crack, seals fail, gaskets deform, suspensions fall, and seats crack when a car is simply keep in a garage.
However, a stored car has its best chance of preservation by lifting the car off its suspension, doors opened or left ajar, and the garage is temperature and humidity controlled. Many other small steps will help even further.
Nonetheless, the pictures display an amazingly well preserved car.
Hmmmm. The proportions of that car remind me of Moochelle. Sorry.
Chevvy introduced the 235 ci engine in 1950, and I don’t remember specifically working on any of the 235’s except my own. I had worked as a mechanic to supplement the GI bill through college, and graduated in June 1950.
You are evil, even with the “/s”.
Lovely- my dad had a 55 in this combo, bought it new but Stovebolt Six
For some odd reason, ‘56 is my absolute personal fave of the Tri-Five Chevys, I think I just like the two tone line and grille the best, but most prefer 55 or 57 obviously
And imho 58s are cool in kind of a massive way, first year for quad headlights and such
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