Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe
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.
For consignment, the last year offering of the Chevrolet Styleline 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. The interior seating is actually covered with older seat coverings, so we did not remove them to see what condition the seating is underneath, as these are very difficult to get off and even more so to get back on without ruining them. You may be in for a surprise, positive or negative.
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 Emerald Green for the lower and light green, (which shows some very thin worn through areas), on the roof. A single 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 with nearly no color showing. 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 worn chrome 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 trunk key winged trim, and another from fitting rear chrome bumper. In the back fender skirts nearly obscure the pointed dog dish center hub coverings with slotted faux venting and an upside down dish trim ring leading to the edge and thin 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 fuzzy broadcloth in light green which starts just under the dark green painted sills. A dark green armrest with a trimming in its center is within this light green field, as are the actuator and window crank. Below is a thin panel of dark gray 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 two tone green 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 radio/speaker setup and a protruding round clock from the exact center of said dash. Black rubber flooring covers what looks to be gold carpeting, possibly still left underneath. We do see gold carpeting running throughout the back passenger foot area. The headliner is aged nicely browned mohair and has a working courtesy light in the center. Quintessential early 50s design in good condition.
A pop of the hood and we are in bowtie heaven, only in its black painted patina finish for the entire engine. Here we have a 235ci (consigner stated) I-6 cylinder engine with a 1-barrel carburetor, atop. On the back is a 2-speed automatic transmission. The rear axle weighs in at 4.11 ratio.
Plenty of surface rust, some even heavier at spots, 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 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 radio was not working and the gas gauge was also not operational at the time of the test drive.
What borders in barn find redeems itself with fairly straight steel mostly rust
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