Tri-five cars may get all the press but it was the 1953 Chevrolet
that led to what we commonly recognize as the 50s Chevy trim
levels. Prior to this in 50-52 you had the Skyline, Fleetline and
Bel Air which were all distinct body styles. In 1953 however things
were changed up and you now had a standard body style that was
distinguished by trim levels 150, 210, and Bel Air. While sharing a
similar frame and mechanics to its predecessors the 53 was
advertised as "entirely new through and through" due to the large
changes in the body panels and overall look of the car. Looking at
the 53 Chevrolet you can really see the transition that automobile
design was going through. The separated distinct look of fenders
starting being incorporated in the body and the once pointed nose
had now widened for a much more squared box look.
This very clean 1953 Chevrolet 210 is a nice solid stock style car.
It underwent a complete frame off restoration by Skyline
restorations in 2010/2011 where it was totally gone through. It
features a two tone Horizon Blue and Regatta Blue combo which works
well on a 50s car like this. The body is all rust free and the
steel panels all straight. All of the chrome and trim pieces are in
good condition with a nice shine. A whopping 30 pieces were
rechromed which itself cost right around $5,000. The glass is all
new, in good condition and is tinted. It has 70,920 miles on the
odometer and based on its condition these are believed to be
original. The wide white wall tires are a must on a car like this
and they are in good shape and wrapping painted steel wheels with
The inline 6 cylinder motor runs well and still utilizes its
original 6 volt system but an 8 volt battery was added for extra
starting power. Multiple components were replaced during the
rebuild resulting in a very smooth running engine. It is combined
with a column shifted 3 speed manual transmission that moves
through the gears smoothly. The brakes, hoses, wheel bearings, gas
tank, sending unit, exhaust, etc were all replaced during the
rebuild. The list of components that were worked on and/or replace
just goes on and on. We have a list of invoices totaling over
$36,000 for all of the work that was completed.
The interior is done in a two tone to match the body. The
upholstery is in excellent condition and it has a bench in front
and rear. The dash has the stock layout and keeps with the two tone
Blue theme which looks very clean. Even the steering wheel has the
two tone look which looks really sharp. Everything is in nice
One cool thing that comes with the car is a piece of paper from the
late 70s. On this piece of paper is a log spanning from '76 to '79
that documents miles from 46,650 to 49,850. This is from the
previous owner and every time he changed the oil, put gas in it, or
greased it he would log the date and mileage. This is a cool piece
of history and speaks to how well the car had been cared for even
prior to the restoration.
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