1955 Chevrolet 210 custom

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The ’55 Chevy has been repainted in a bright copper color
The ’55 Chevy has been repainted in a bright copper color

“This 1955 Chevrolet 210 demonstrates why it’s always good to have a plan. The cohesive build isn’t flashy but shows a clarity of purpose that few resto-mods can claim.”

So begins the lengthy and enjoyable description of the Pick of the Week, a tastefully customized 1955 Chevrolet 210 two-door sedan. With Mecum Auctions next week cranking up its massive Indy sale that specializes in muscle cars, rods and customs, this car seemed like just the thing.

The Chevy wears a set of slim California bumpers
The Chevy wears a set of slim California bumpers

But I would call this Chevy a custom or a street rod rather than a resto-mod, which to me refers to a classic car with a generally stock appearance and modern upgrades beneath the surface. This Chevy from the most-desirable model year of the 1950s, in my opinion, clearly has been given the full-on custom treatment, from its lowered stance and custom paint to “shaved” door handles and trim, and large-diameter chrome wheels. And it appears to be nicely done.

“From the shiny copper-colored paint to the elegant interior, it has been beautifully updated without diluting the performance that lives underneath or robbing it of its cool ’50s identity,” says the Fort Worth, Texas, collector-car dealer in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com.

Some other excerpts from the dealer’s description (other advertisers take note: this is how you build interest and sell your car):

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“The bright copper paint gleams and is perhaps a few shades brighter than the 1955 version called Sierra Gold, but it has a clean, sleek look that both updates the look and keeps it traditional without flashy graphics, and the silver roof adds a cool contrast that really works well.”

The interior has been upgraded but kept true to the era
The interior has been upgraded but kept true to the era

“The same subtle mind that put the exterior together clearly had a vision for the butterscotch-colored leather interior. Retaining the stock bench seats was fine, but they were covered in gorgeous upholstery that pays tribute to the original patterns while giving it a more relaxed, updated look.”

“We don’t know if it’s the original engine, but it is indeed a correct 265-cubic-inch V8 that’s been dressed in period details like the Tri-Power carburetion and finned Corvette valve covers. Topped by an Offenhauser intake, it has the right look for a ’50s mild custom, and it’s nicely finished with bright engine enamel thats pure Chevrolet.”

Another plus for this Chevy: The car has a four-speed manual transmission with a proper Hurst shifter.

The asking price is $44,995, which seems right in the ballpark when you consider all that’s been done to this car, and apparently done right. And it appears to be ready to drive anywhere with no excuses.

“Nicely finished with a great all-of-a-piece look, this ’55 Chevy is the kind of hobby car that does everything well,” the seller concludes.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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