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World's Only 'Brand-New', 100% Original 1950 Chevrolet Coupe!
Reaganite Republican ^ | May 23, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 05/23/2011 9:55:11 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican


Legend has it that a Modesto, California couple purchased the car in 1950, only for the wife to be widowed shortly thereafter when her husband died trying to save a drowning woman. The distraught lady placed the sleek Chevy in storage for 12 years, but later traded it for a new 1962 Rambler ($1650) from a nearby dealer: he recently sold the same car for $60,000.

And surely worth it, the car dealer decided from the start to preserve it, so he barely took it out of the garage for 45 years... thus the all-original mint condition and an odometer reading a mere 437 original miles (!)
What a beautiful example...  my dad's first car was a '51 Chevy, actually:











Gracias, Roberto~


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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: antique; automobiles; cars; chevrolet; chevy; classic; classiccars

1 posted on 05/23/2011 9:55:18 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

I want one


2 posted on 05/23/2011 9:56:59 AM PDT by Mr. K (this administration is WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY~!! [Palin/Bachman 2012])
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To: Reaganite Republican

Wow. Me want!


3 posted on 05/23/2011 9:59:22 AM PDT by fullchroma
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To: Reaganite Republican

Sweet a car with style.


4 posted on 05/23/2011 9:59:31 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Reaganite Republican

That plaid upholstery is wild.


5 posted on 05/23/2011 10:01:46 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Reaganite Republican

That plaid upholstery is wild.


6 posted on 05/23/2011 10:01:46 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


7 posted on 05/23/2011 10:02:44 AM PDT by jobim
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To: Reaganite Republican

Nice car


8 posted on 05/23/2011 10:06:11 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: Reaganite Republican

Made in America... good stuff.


9 posted on 05/23/2011 10:06:46 AM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Wow! That is loaded for a '50 Chevy. Heater, visor and a clock. Mostly cheapskates bought those post coupes. The one thing that bugs me is the battery and cables. The cables have the wrong battery connections and it is a new battery. They make original looking 6 volts now. At least take the stickers off the one in it to give it a more stock appearance.


10 posted on 05/23/2011 10:07:45 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Trajan88

Those things felt like they where made of IRON, not steel... seriously, the gauge they used in the 50s is like a tank


11 posted on 05/23/2011 10:08:06 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: jobim

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...


12 posted on 05/23/2011 10:10:00 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


13 posted on 05/23/2011 10:10:03 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: Lazlo in PA

Radio too. Back then, only rich people had cars with radios in them.


14 posted on 05/23/2011 10:11:24 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Wow, look at the fender skirts on that thing. Talk about the automotive equivalent of Jennifer Lopez’ backside!

Neat car.

}:-)4


15 posted on 05/23/2011 10:12:18 AM PDT by Moose4 ("By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!")
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


16 posted on 05/23/2011 10:12:44 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Reaganite Republican

bttt


17 posted on 05/23/2011 10:14:23 AM PDT by petercooper (2012 - Purge the RINO's.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Omg! Destroy it! How many people will that car kill with it’s emissions??????/s


18 posted on 05/23/2011 10:18:21 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: smokingfrog

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!


19 posted on 05/23/2011 10:19:32 AM PDT by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
That engine is likely a 216 cubic incher. Check out the oil bath air cleaner. The blue can with the orange lid in front of the air cleaner is the oil filter.

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).

20 posted on 05/23/2011 10:20:55 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Reaganite Republican
Nice.
 
Reminds me of this Grand National.
 
 
 


21 posted on 05/23/2011 10:23:13 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (I'm a Birther - And a Deather)
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To: Moose4

You have a way with words.


22 posted on 05/23/2011 10:25:18 AM PDT by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: abb

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.


23 posted on 05/23/2011 10:28:18 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
They make original looking 6 volts now. At least take the stickers off the one in it to give it a more stock appearance.

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.

24 posted on 05/23/2011 10:28:18 AM PDT by Ole Okie (!)
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To: Ole Okie

The 235 inline 6?

http://www.50classicchevy.com/1950-six-cylinder-engines.html


25 posted on 05/23/2011 10:36:39 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: IYAS9YAS

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.


26 posted on 05/23/2011 10:43:22 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Isn’t that the color they used to call “no-sale green”?


27 posted on 05/23/2011 10:49:41 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Lazlo in PA
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.

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.

28 posted on 05/23/2011 11:11:42 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yeah, it needs a little love... looks like a jerry rigged oil filter too, but not to far to get it perfect


29 posted on 05/23/2011 11:22:33 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: abb

This one is particularly loaded indeed, esp. for a 6 cyl car


30 posted on 05/23/2011 11:23:40 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
It's extremely rare to end up with an unmolested 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....


31 posted on 05/23/2011 11:30:33 AM PDT by unique
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To: Reaganite Republican

Is that a turn signal lever I see?

I’ll bet the seat covers are a dealer installed option.


32 posted on 05/23/2011 11:47:37 AM PDT by olereporter (Today's media should be held accountable for journalistic malfeasance and First Amendment abuse.)
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Back in the early 1980s, I knew a guy in school whose family had a Pontiac dealership. And they had a 1970 1/2 Ram Air IV Trans Am (white with blue accents) that had never been sold! They had it in storage, and had carefully prepared the car for long term storage. I was never started after coming to the dealership.

Mark

33 posted on 05/23/2011 11:58:12 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL

bttt


34 posted on 05/23/2011 12:01:07 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Lazlo in PA
"Wow! That is loaded for a '50 Chevy. Heater, visor and a clock."

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!

35 posted on 05/23/2011 12:02:50 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


36 posted on 05/23/2011 12:09:07 PM PDT by eastforker
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To: Reaganite Republican

If GM still made cars like that, no bailouts would be needed.


37 posted on 05/23/2011 12:24:09 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (One of these days, Alice....one of these days.....POW!! Right in the kisser!!!!)
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To: Reaganite Republican

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.


38 posted on 05/23/2011 1:23:30 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Reaganite Republican
What a beautiful example

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.

39 posted on 05/23/2011 1:30:27 PM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, Trust few, and always paddle your own canoe)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Hmmmm. The proportions of that car remind me of Moochelle. Sorry.


40 posted on 05/23/2011 2:54:14 PM PDT by Moltke (Always retaliate first.)
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To: abb

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.


41 posted on 05/23/2011 3:33:50 PM PDT by Ole Okie (!)
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To: Dallas59

You are evil, even with the “/s”.

/s


42 posted on 05/23/2011 10:55:36 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: unique

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


43 posted on 05/24/2011 3:48:51 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican
My older half sister inherited a "barn find" 1957 Chevy Bel Air 2 door hardtop from her father, the only serious body rot is in the floorboards, it has the original 283 and the three on a tree. I was just looking it all over on her sons photobucket page, he has no interest in it and just wants a high performance rice burner. Myself I used to own a '56 and I worked at a custom street rod shop building and restoring classic cars. Problem is the car is in Santa Rosa, Ca and I am in Alaska, I told her I will stay a couple of weeks come next january and at least do all the body repair as needed and to paint it, I have the latest in spray gun equipment.
44 posted on 05/24/2011 4:15:03 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (2012, NO MORE LIES!)
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