Cars like this 1950 Chevrolet sedan are getting harder and harder to find. Most either met their demise at the crusher, or had their identities transformed at a hot-rod shop. However, for those of us who appreciate a clean, usable, well-preserved old car, this is a wonderfully appealing machine with an untouched throwback look.
In 1950, most people who could afford a new car drove something that looked just like this. No flashy whitewalls, no wild colors, just a basic black sedan that was plenty stylish for the period. With the war ended, chrome was back on the menu, so automakers rushed to create new designs and put them out for public consumption, resulting in some of the best-looking cars ever. The black paint is an older repaint, and while its far from perfect, it does have a period feel that makes the car feel honest. The doors fit well and close with that solid feeling that you just cant get anywhere else, and even though this was an affordable car, it has a lot of features that look like they should be expensive. The chrome and stainless really give it some flash, particularly along the pontoon fenders and the big front bumper neatly integrates with the grille, making it look very upscale indeed.
Period-looking upholstery has been re-created in two-tone cloth to give it lasting beauty and durability, not to mention a bit of an upscale feel. Cloth would have been original equipment, so the setup in this car looks right, particularly with the matching door panels. Theres very little wear and plenty of stretch-out room for six people if youre feeling cozy, which is the 4-doors real virtue. The simple dash looks to be largely original, but the gauges are in great shape and are neatly packed into the central pod ahead of the driver. Radios and heaters were optional, even in 1950, and this Chevy did indeed receive an under-dash heater unit, but thats about it. Im also pleased that the builder resisted the urge to change it to a 12-volt electrical system and stick a modern stereo in there somewhere, because the fun of this car is the period experience. Part of that experience is probably road trips, and with the big trunk and full-sized spare, this car is a great candidate for a long tour.
Chevys reliable "Stovebolt" six powered all their cars in 1950. With 216 cubic inches, its a good match to the size of the car and darts through traffic easily. On the highway, the smooth six will cruise at 55 MPH without straining itself, but just remember that the engine has babbit bearings inside so dont abuse it. Its detailed in corporate engine enamel and all the correct accessories are there, including the oil bath air cleaner atop the original downdraft carburetor. A 6-volt generator and a new battery make for a very reliable electrical system and theres a correct single exhaust system underneath. A 3-speed manual with column shift spins the original rear end, and while the chassis is original, theres really no sign of trouble. Wearing simple hubcaps and black wheels with trim rings, the 215/75/15 whitewall radials give it just the right low-key look.
A fun, affordable little Chevy with a very clean presentation. Impossible to duplicate, this is a lot of car for the money. Call today!