My 3-year-old grandson would think I was the coolest pappy in the West if I brought home this vintage Chevy fire chief’s car. The Pick of the Day is the real thing, a 1955 Chevrolet 210 4-door sedan that spent most of its life hanging around the fire house, according to the Saint Louis, Missouri, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.
“This 1955 Chevy 210 is a mildly restored Fire Chief fleet vehicle that is believed to have less than 30k original miles,” the seller says in the ad. “With working lights and a siren, you are not likely going to have much more fun than you do while driving this car.”
This is a basic, unadorned ’55 Chevy powered by a Blue Flame 6 with automatic transmission. Nothing fancy, but what sets it apart is the fire-chief regalia.
“As with most fire and rescue vehicles, they spend most of their time garaged, so the body is in good condition with great fit and finish, and good driver-quality paint,” the seller adds.
The sedan wears on its doors the fire-department insignia of Cedar Rapids, Iowa (est. 1869) that looks just about right. There’s no word in the ad as to any restoration history or updates, but it appears to be essentially original.
The photos with the ad show a no-nonsense emergency vehicle that was ready for action, driven by the chief to scenes of conflagration to lead and command the fire crew. Hanging from below the dashboard is what looks like a period-correct radio communicator, adding to the Chevy’s authenticity. That, and a long, spring-loaded whip antennae.
Of course, the fire chief wouldn’t need many creature comforts, so this Chevy is a basic no-frills example. So no radio or air conditioning, and just the most simple of interiors.
Total mileage on the 5-digit odometer is 27,495, so maybe this vehicle didn’t see too many emergencies, at least not those that added mileage. Really, how big was Cedar Rapids in the 1950s?
Sixty-six years later, this fire chief Chevy would be mostly about having fun.
“This is the perfect Chevy to add to your collection, an excellent parade vehicle, or just cruise it and make more friends than you will know what to do with,” the seller says.
The asking price is $29,900, maybe not a smoking deal but it could ignite a new passion.
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.