Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
LaVergne , Tennessee
Wagons remain red-hot in the marketplace, and what could be cooler than hauling your gear around in this sweet 1955 Chevrolet 210 wagon? Classic looks and modern amenities make it easy to love, and it's even rarer than a Nomad these days so you'll never see another one at a show.
Traditional '50s colors work just as well on a station wagon as they do on a flashy Bel Air convertible, and the white-on-yellow combination here gives the wagon a '50s look that disguises the modern restoration. That restoration is a few years old and shows a few signs of use, but the impact a car like this makes everywhere it goes is tough to ignore. The good news is that all the sheetmetal is in great shape with factory-grade gaps and that solid feeling only old cars seem to offer. The bad news is... well, there is no bad news other than to say this car works so well it's been driven a bit since it was finished, so it's not a show car anymore. Nevertheless, the chrome and stainless trim is very presentable, particularly the pieces that run down the flanks on the quarter panels, and it's been fitted with good weather seals so it feels tight and quiet on the road. Perfect it is not, but this is one good looking 4-door station wagon.
The newer interior is beautifully designed and comfortable for long hauls, yet the black dash keeps it looking like 1955. The important stuff is fresh and in great shape, including the gorgeous matching upholstery on the seats and door panels, the plush carpets, and taut headliner. Tri-5s all came with a simple gauge bezel, and this one is no exception, with a clear lense for the all-in-one unit that works exactly as it should. Beyond that, however, you'll find aftermarket R134a air conditioning unit neatly stashed under the dash, a sport steering wheel atop a tilt column, and you'll note the shifter manages a TH350 automatic transmission. A modern AM/FM/Cassette stereo blasts tunes throughout the interior, and liberal use of insulation gives the wagon a solid, quiet feel. The back seat is actually usable even thanks to the 4-door design and the spacious vinyl-floored cargo bay is massive and expands exponentially with the fold-down rear seats. If you like your hot rods practical, this one delivers!
With this 210, you also get a strong-running 350 cubic inch V8 engine, which, of course, drops right into the Chevy's engine bay. It's a little different than the original version, sporting a finned air cleaner and a big Holley 4-barrel carburetor, modernized power brake system, and an Edelbrock intake manifold up top and finned valve covers that match the air cleaner perfectly. There's also a big aluminum radiator up front and the A/C compressor tucked away, so there's no hiding the fact that this is a classic wagon built to drive. The TH350 automatic transmission feeds the 10-bolt rear end hanging on original leaf springs, and power front disc brakes and power steering greatly improve the driving experience. Original-style manifolds feed a custom dual exhaust system featuring Flowmaster mufflers, providing a growling rumble that gets any car guy excited. The undercarriage is solid and clean, but it's built right so you shouldn't be afraid to drive this one pretty much anywhere. Staggered 17- and 18-inch Riddler wheels look awesome and carry 215/50/17 front and 255/45/18 rear blackwall radials.
Beautifully built, easy to drive, and just drop-dead gorgeous, this clean, ready to enjoy 210 wagon proves that practical can also be very cool. Call today!