Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
LaVergne , Tennessee
If you like chrome on a car, and you like it to shine bright. Then you should check out this ride. If you are looking for a family cruiser, something to head out to get ice cream in, then you should check out this ride. For the price of a new, basic, cookie cutter car, you could be driving this good looking, fun and functional classic.
The color on this car is the correct, code 589 Glacier Blue that it was delivered with new from the factory. Up front, there is classic rocket shaped hood ornament leading the way. Below it is a red, white and blue Chevy bowtie emblem and below that an eggcrate grill trimmed out with a bold band of chrome. Yet more chrome trims out the headlights and marker lights and a beautifully large bumper underlines everything. Down the sides a nice body crease trails off the headlights and further back, chrome molding dovetails into the notch in the rear door and flows on back kind of like the rocket on the hood. Out back is even more chrome with the taillights trimmed in it along with another sharp looking bumper with a chrome exhaust tip peeking out from underneath. Finishing off the look are body colored steel wheels with chrome bowtie hub caps and white wall tires.
The interior is classic 50s. Open the door, any one of the four of them, and you are greeted by a nice Gaberdine Blue interior with Light Blue patterned cloth. This is also the factory original color that the car was delivered in new and the upholstery and door panels have been nicely brought back to look new again. The door panels look awesome and the bench seats both front and rear are comfortable and offer lots of room to move around with lots of leg and headroom. There is a big blue two-spoke steering wheel with a full circle horn ring which has a wonderfully vintage feel to it. The dash is 1950s stylish with a survivor look to it because the chrome around the gauges and on the controls is not new and shiny, but rather aged like a fine wine. That radio may look like the factory AM unit, but it is really a Custom Autosound AM/FM and iPod compatible stereo with the speakers mounted under the dash for your listening pleasure.
Pop the hood and you will find a 12-volt battery that not only enables the upgrade of the nice stereo, but provides better lighting and easier starting than the old 6-volt system too. Other than that, this engine bay looks just like it did in the 1950s. There is a 235 cubic inch 6-cylinder engine setting down in there with a flat black oil bath air filter feeding a Rochester two-barrel carburetor. Like the dash chrome, there is a certain earned appeal to something that has aged in place gracefully. That doesn't mean it was neglected though. It means that it has received good regular maintenance like keeping the belts and hoses in good shape as well as replacing the ignition components, and of course, there is the 12-volt electrical system upgrade which keeps its charge through a 12-volt generator. Power flows back through the 3-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels and the rubber meets the road through 215/75R15 tires mounted on those great looking steel wheels and hub caps.
A great looking, great driving car with plenty of sparkling chrome and plenty of vintage appeal. Come on down and see for yourself. Maybe you will end up taking it home and then out to get some ice cream.
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