Around here, we don't use the words "perfect" or "flawless" to
describe cars, because, well, there aren't many that qualify. But
when this 1956 Chevrolet 210 showed up, there were few other words
to describe the incredible quality and attention to detail that are
evident throughout the car. If it's not perfect, it still gets
closer than almost any other car we've featured.
Crisp, clean, and super straight, the bodywork on this car is impressive even in light colors, which have a very 1956 look. Restored by Billy Coltrane, every inch of sheetmetal was smoothed and sanded, every panel was installed, fitted, adjusted, removed, paitned, and reinstalled so carefully that the gaps can be measured with a ruler. The finish is deep and shiny, and even though white and light blue aren't in-your-face bright, they look simply spectacular on this incredible 210. Nothing was shaved or deleted, but using the cleaner, less ornate 210 model certainly gives it a sleeker look, doesn't it? All of the chrome was refinished to show standards and those are the original bumpers, not reproductions, so they fit right and have a substantial heft to them that's often lacking in the new stuff. If you want a '56 Chevy done right, this is the roadmap you need to follow.
Dark blue leather wraps around the original seats, giving it a wonderfully updated look that doesn't stray too far from the original design, and as a result works rather well overall. Matching door panels and dark blue carpets keep it looking dignified while highlighting the lighter blue brought inside on the dash and steering column. Beyond the materials, however, the rest is fairly stock, including a beautifully restored steering wheel and original instruments, which were restored when the car was rebuilt a few years ago. An AM/FM radio lives in the dash and keeps a low profile, as does the under-dash A/C unit, so you can cruise in comfort. As a point of quality, note that the two-tone color split wraps around the doors and door jambs, suggesting a very high level of detail on the build, and all the weather-stripping is new, too. Even the trunk is finished to a very high standard using plus carpet and custom panels that dress it up without making it useless as a cargo bay.
Under all that chrome in the engine compartment you'll find a 350 cubic inch crate motor that's easy to appreciate from both an appearance standpoint and from behind the wheel. An Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor handles the induction, living under a polished air cleaner that matches the bowtie valve covers. A highly polished intake manifold adds its own shine to the brightly polished surfaces under the hood, and there's a big aluminum radiator up front that keeps things cool effortlessly. Upgrades include power steering and power front disc brakes, so it drives like a much more modern machine, and twin Flowmaster mufflers give it just the right growl for a car that can still run like a Camaro. The chassis is beautifully detailed with lots of shiny black paint and polished hardware, and the driveline is comprised of a TH350 3-speed automatic transmission and 10-bolt rear end, all of which were rebuilt with the rest of the car. Essentially, this is a new car that just looks like a 1956 Chevy. Big 17-inch Boyd Coddington wheels have a vintage look and carry 245/45/17 performance radials.
Is it perfect? Well, not quite, but it's simply incredible in every way that matters. If you appreciate little details that make a big impact, this is the car you'll want to be driving. Call today!