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6180 Morgantown Road
1950 Chevrolet Fleetline
A redesigned Fleetline with reduced body contour and integrated rear fenders was offered for the 1949 through 1952 model years. It was referred to as a "fastback" because of its distinct sloping roof which extends through to the trunk lid. The Fleetline during the 1949 to 1950 years also has a lower look than a sedan, with the windshield being one inch shorter in height then a standard contemporary sedan. The 1949 to 1951 models were made in both four-door and two-door models, with only the lower portion of the doors being interchangeable with a sedan door. The Fleetline series is currently highly collectable. Many are made into street rods, with the common Chevrolet 350ci small block V8 and the 350 or 400 turbo transmission being used.
For consignment, a 1950 version of the Chevrolet Fleetline. This 4-door fastback takes its styling cues from the airplane industry and does not have a boxy line on it. All curves and all looking great with plenty of new parts and a good job.
From the very front tip of the rocket jet hood ornament atop the bulbous hood, central trim running from front to back to the split windscreen and flanking integrated rounded fenders with visor bezels over a single round headlight, this car is 1950 and then some. A straight triple wide horizontal rib grille with round bullet style turn signal lights protruding from the corners of the grille and a gracefully curved bumper below, it's that good that you could style your hair and get dressed in front of it, and you will not miss a beat. Looking at the steel side slabs which are painfully straight and have well minded gaps all bathed in black and adorned with a side trim spear, which ends at the rear bulbous fender with front protector chromed plate, and a fender skirt for that extra low and slow look. The beautiful trunk Lincoln e in fast back style melts downward and intersects with the rear quarters where the tail lighting is housed. Another curved bumper on back with vertical push bars and it is slightly pitted and dulled. 15-inch steel wheels with dog dish caps are wrapped by Coker tires.
The full on restoration effort continues inside for the door panels which consist of gray stitched vinyl uppers and a blue panel which is a burlap style broadcloth tweed. Turning our body to the inside we slip in and feel the warmth of the matching blue inserts of the doors and surrounding gray vinyl. This pattern holds true for the rear bench accessible conveniently by the rear doors so no climbing through. Slight wear is noticed on the edges of the front seats, particularly on the drivers side. Some slight spoiling can be seen in this area as well. A beautifully restored to original dash is painted a beautiful satin neutral gray on top and then a light gray for the front and bottom, which compliments the seats and shows off the chrome ribbing and bezels for the dash. A large central circular speedometer gauge cluster is definitely of the ear with some art deco type font numbers. Vintage A/C has been installed, and the dash retains a lot of its original charm only with a newer radio and speakers which are controlled in the glovebox. Blue carpeting slightly soiled covers all the floors and sports protective floor mats which are dirty. A gray headliner is above and is nice and tight with a few dirty fingerprints on it.
Popping the massive hood, we are greeted with a WOW on the engine bay with a like new bay with black paint, all new wiring and completely rebuilt 216ci I-6. It is topped with a 1-barrel carburetor, and on back is the factory 3-speed manual transmission. A 4.11 rear axle is on, and there is plenty of bling bolted on to the engine to keep your eyes memorized for a while under the hood. All corrosion free and shiny. Also, a switch to 12-volt has been performed.
Using the words "frame off" yields always impressive surfaces seldom seen out of a showroom if you were to crawl underneath while it's there...but who does that? So now you won't have to as well is totally like new, rust free, and showing structurally sound and possibly previously blasted and resprayed. A bit of rust is noted in the fronts of the rear wheel wells on the rockers. Power disc brakes are on front and power drums for the back.
All hands on deck as everyone wanted a ride in this beauty, so we took the gang to the test track where it performed beautifully, handled very well, and accelerated like a champ. Braking was good and all functions were working as they should. All piling out after a Chinese fire drill and smiles all around so I assume all good!
Consignor states that he has made many recent improvements and upgrades including new front suspension, disc brakes, Vintage A/C, a 12-volt conversion, and this car shows the part. Just a beauty of a ride, and still retains its 1950 char
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