Resto-mods have become hot commodities in the collector car market, offering the style and splendor of vintage vehicles with the drivability and reliability of the modern stuff. And while mid-century American cars are fading in value as their constituency ages, there are those 1950s cars that still excite any generation, such as the ‘55 Chevy.
The Pick of the Day is a 1955 Chevrolet 210 2-door sedan that’s been masterfully restored and updated in the style of a stock-body custom but with a modern drivetrain and other components underlying its glossy paint job.
“Looking for a razor-sharp custom that’s ready to attract big crowds and big trophies? Here it is!” touts the Charlotte, North Carolina, dealer advertising the Chevy on Classic Cars.com.
“While many builders strive to create cars that offer the flavor of the day, others use calculated observations to transform premier classics into timeless customs,” the seller adds. “This hot-rodded 210 features plenty of modern must-haves, like air conditioning, supple upholstery and chromed Coys wheels.
“But items like a spry LS2 and a smooth 4-speed automatic transmission certainly underscore the fact that the car marches to its own beat.”
The Chevy looks gorgeously finished in the gallery of photos with the ad, especially with its desirable color combination of mirror-finish black with a red interior. Even the trunk looks splendid. The ad also contains a complete description of what went into this build, although nothing about who built it other than to say it was professionally done.
“Built to turn heads while conquering the road, this sweet Chevy is the beneficiary of a nut-and-bolt, rotisserie restoration that wraps original sheetmetal in rich PPG 2-stage,” the ad says.
“Under the car, 1950s-era bones have been fully restored and fitted with a thick rear sway bar. At the center of that clean skeleton, a trusty 700R4 4-speed twists an 8.2-inch Drop Out axle that cages big, 3.73 gears inside an open differential.
“This Chevy points thanks to modern power rack-and-pinion steering. Stops come courtesy of four power-assisted calipers, which squeeze a quartet of vented rotors.”
So, this 65-year-old Chevy has been re-created as essentially a new car, ready to cruise downtown or go on a cross-country journey. It’s beautifully done, and the 2-door post Tri-5 Chevys are always favorites.
Naturally, this handsome example of the street rod skill does not come cheap, with an asking price of $84,900.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.