Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevy 210 custom with loads of classic appeal

The extensively modified 2-door post is a vintage-looking street rod but with modern features

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The custom '55 Chevy is very clean and authentic-looking

The Pick of the Day is a 1955 Chevy 210 street rod that looks like everything was done right, with great workmanship and tasteful customization.   The overall effect is a classic cruiser as it might have been done in period.

“This is an incredible, no-expense-spared rotisserie build with everything 100% new or restored,” says the Salem, Ohio, dealer advertising the custom Chevy on ClassicCars.com. “The goal was to build a car with a ’70s Auto-Rama vibe without going too far into the wacky zone, and I think they’ve succeeded.”

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The description of this Chevy in the ad is extensive and colorfully written.  Here are some excerpts that put this build in perspective:

“Starting with an incredibly solid Chevy 2-door, they stripped it bare and started rebuilding it almost at the molecular level,” the seller says. “Chevy fans will quickly spot the Nomad quarter panels which open up the wheel arches and give this coupe a slightly different look.

“The paint is simply called Medium Garnet Red and it comes from a luxury-car pallet but it looks just about right on the vintage Chevy bodywork. The shine is deep and reflective and you won’t find any ripples or waves anywhere on this car. As I said, there’s a huge investment in time to get everything just right.

“All the chrome was refinished as well, including the 1-piece California bumpers (this is an original California car and also has correct California seamless frame). You’ll quickly spot the Corvette-style grille inserted up front, which is a favorite upgrade that makes a big difference in the look, and that side trim is from a 1955 Pontiac – bet you didn’t even notice because it looks like it belongs there.”

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The Chevy is powered by a 350cid crate engine fitted with aluminum heads, upgraded camshaft and other bolt-on upgrades, “so it’s a fantastic runner,” the ad says. “A big part of that is the FAST fuel-injection system sitting on top of a Summit aluminum high-rise intake.”   The engine is linked with an overdrive automatic transmission and 9-inch 3.55 rear.

The suspension, brakes and steering systems have been extensively modified and modernized, which the seller says were designed for good handling and seamless cruising. 

The interior also has been completely redone with an eye for vintage appeal with modern features.

“The tan-leather interior replicates the original patterns and look but the plush feel is beyond anything they were doing in 1955,” the seller notes. “The power windows zip up and down faster than on a new Cadillac, the A/C blows cold and there’s a killer Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo system that sounds especially good thanks to extensive sound-deadening materials used throughout the cabin.”

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The seller goes on listing the many attributes of this Chevy, with stands on a set of classic Cragar SS wheels and BFGoodrich T/A radials. 

“This is a true turnkey car that does not need anything,” the seller concludes. “If you are looking for the best of the best, this is it… and you will buy for half of what it originally cost to build!”

The asking price is $58,500.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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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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