My Classic Car: Bill’s 1953 Chevrolet

The second '53 Chevy is a custom cruiser | Bill Burnett photos
The second ’53 Chevy is a custom cruiser | Bill Burnett photos

My very first car was a 1954 Chevrolet sport coupe, purchased from a funeral home owner in 1965 with 465 miles on the odo. It was robin-egg blue with power windows and a power bench seat, 235 inline six with two-speed automatic.

The car was totaled in a freak accident in 1970.

I really missed that car and when I found this car, in 2009, it was like having my Old Blue back, except it was now yellow.

The interior

This ride is a great cruiser with a 305/RV cam, Rochester 4, 700R4 trans, Mustang II clip, power disc fronts, drums rear, Frenched headlights and dual antennas, power trunk release, and great sound system. The Lake pipes are pure ornamental.

The car has garnered scads of trophies and we’ve toured all over the area and down into the western USA.

— Bill Burnett, Bowser, British Columbia



  1. My original 54 sport coup had dual power window controls on the drivers door and single control on the passengers door .. The rear seat windows were hand cranked .. The power seat was a bench seat with the slide control switch side of the bench skirt .. This car also sported the vacuume powered windshield washer unit ..

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