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1952 Chevrolet Deluxe Sedan
The Chevrolet Deluxe was a trim line of Chevrolet automobiles marketed from 1941 to 1952 and was the volume sales leader for the market during the 1940s. The line included, at first a 4-door sedan, but grew to include a fastback 2-door "aerosedan" and other body styles. The 1941 Chevrolet was the first generation that didn't share a common appearance with Chevrolet trucks, while the Chevrolet AK Series truck did share common internal components.
Dinah Shore was singing the praises on her TV show of "See the USA in your Chevrolet" and this 2-door version was rolling along Americas 2 lane highways. Oh, what a time to be alive! For consignment, an offering of the Chevrolet Deluxe in its 1952 iteration. Our example in the halls of amazement has a patina finish, some rust, dents and dings and shows the passage of time on its exterior and interior.
Looking at these curvaceous metal lines we are about to dive into the stylings of the early 1950's. This steel is all bathed in Birch Gray with a light greenish aqua tint added, this car exudes the early 50's. A single toothy front grille in chrome frames the lower front of this car, and just below hangs a bumper that grips tight with the front and body curve as it wraps around the front quarters. All this chrome is pitted and is becoming dulled, losing its finish plating. Just above the grille is a cloisonn Chevrolet badge with a bowtie; all surfaces are worn but it's coloring still shows proudly. This paves the way for the hood mounted rocket ornament. Staring at the sides of this big slabbed auto, we see decently minded gaps, and some brightwork which encircles the lower greenhouse, wraps the windows, creates a front fender to mind door trim spear, and trims the lower rockers. A rounded rear fender continues the smooth line and has a chrome panel on its leading edge which attaches to the rocker trim. Even the lower part of the fuel filler door is trimmed with a flying jet with outstretched wings. Badging is in chrome also, and in the style of your grandmother's handwriting. On the back more beautiful, sculpted round forms for the fenders, a nice cloisonn badge with a POWERGLIDE call out, and another from fitting rear chrome bumper. In the back fender skirts nearly obscure the bowtie badged dog dish center hub coverings and wide white wall rubber on all 4 corners.
More of the mixture of the original manufacturer's concepts, some aftermarket items and what appears to be the original dash and steering wheel. Door panels have a bright blue vinyl panel that shows some water staining. This panel holds a blue armrest with a trimming in its center and a fuzzy cloth top, as well as the actuator and window crank. Below is a thin panel of dark blue vinyl screwed to the bottom. Vinyl seat coverings are attached to the front bench and rear bench. Due to the difficulty of removing and replacing these we did not take any off to reveal what exactly is underneath. Could be very good to very bad, but that's the fun of these classics! The original gray topped metal and silver dash front has the original round-faced gauges, plenty of aged bakelite pulls and knobs and a vertical chrome ribbed center trim setup and a protruding round clock from the exact center of said dash. Midnight blue carpet covers the floors and is in very nice condition . The headliner is a nice and tight blue perforated vinyl with no sags or tears and has an oval courtesy light in the center. While the headliner presents in good condition, the sun visors will need recovering so their condition matches. Quintessential early 50s design in good condition.
A pop of the hood and we are in bowtie heaven, only in its black and gray painted patina finish for the entire engine. Here we have a 235ci inline 6-cylinder engine with a 1-barrel carburetor, atop. On the back is a 2-speed automatic transmission. The rear axle weighs in at a 3.55 ratio.
Plenty of surface rust, some even heavier at spots and invasive rust at the rear of both rockers, but all still appears to be structurally sound throughout despite this visual. Independent coil spring front suspension is on, and leaf springs bring up the rear for the ride. Drum brakes are all around and a clean single piped stock style exhaust is on underneath too.
This 50s baby fired right up, and sounded as good as it looks! It drove the test track like a dream with plenty of acceleration to propel all that big steel forward. Braking was good and handling well. I noted the gas gauge was not operational at the time of the test drive and being a radio delete car the only music I could afford was my cohort singing the 12 Days of Christmas, Collector Car Edition.
What borders in barn find redeems itself with fairly straight steel mostly rust free, a solid engine, and undercarriage
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