Pick of the Day is a car like Steve McQueen used to own, and with a small-block V8
So it’s my turn in the batting order to select the Pick of the Day, which means I get paid to click through the cars being advertised on ClassicCars.com. Usually, that means clicking through screen after screen of vehicle listings to find something special. Not today.
Today my search ended quickly. Today’s pick is a 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe convertible that has been updated with some modern mechanical components beneath its sheetmetal.
My first impression: This is the ideal car to be driving on the Monterey Peninsula during Monterey Car Week. Sure, there will be all sorts of exotic and vintage sports cars. But a ’51 Chevy with the top down would draw lots of attention pretty much anywhere and anytime.
By the way, I did some research and discovered that back in the day, Steve McQueen had a ’51 Chevy Styleline Deluxe convertible. If it was good enough for the King of Cool, well…
The ’51 Styleline being advertised on ClassicCars by a private seller was originally a California car that the seller, located in Springfield, Tennessee, says “has never seen salt and there is no rust.”
The resto-mod treatment was done “a few years ago,” but “she still looks great,” and there are “no dents, dings or scrapes.”
The car has a 327cid Chevy small block V8 with Edelbrock intake and carburetor and a “mild” cam. The engine is linked to a 4-speed automatic transmission and 9-inch rear differential, and exhales through a dual exhaust.
The car has power rack-and-pinion steering, upgraded front suspension, and power disc brakes. There’s a hidden audio system, tilt steering column, and new power convertible top.
The asking price is $29,900.6 comments