Great cars come from great base stock, and this 1956 Chevrolet 210
shows you what clean living and expert craftsmanship can do. With a
build that honors the original design but puts a few custom touches
on top, it's a neat piece of history that can cruise effortlessly
with modern machinery.
This car is a tribute to quality. Born in California and meticulously maintained by its first owner for many years, it was treated to a full rebuild to the highest standards just a few years ago. It was never hit or wrecked, and thankfully it escaped the ravages of winter in the north, so all the sheetmetal is laser straight and completely solid. It was repainted using Sikkens paints, and the condition of the paint suggests that someone has been doing a fantastic job taking care of it, because it looks extremely fresh. The two-tone silver over gray color combination is a mild twist on the original, so it looks right on the '50s body but adds a 21st century depth and shine that's simply dazzling. A few modifications include shaved door handles, it's been nosed and decked, and there's a station wagon bumper out back. And for some real glitter, check out the remaining chrome and stainless trim, which has been restored to show condition and offers a fantastic level of detail that you don't find on garden-variety customs.
Shockingly, the interior sticks to the original recipe and wasn't highly modified. Fresh cloth upholstery covers the original bench, and in the interest of long-distance cruising (this car has been to California and back) there are new cushions inside those original seats. This car even includes the original gauge cluster, and it's only been driven about 5000 miles since the build was complete. There's a modern leather-wrapped steering wheel on the original column, which makes it feel much more modern when you're in the driver's seat. The wiring is all new, there are Pacific Raingear intermittent wipers, and all the switches work properly, sliding through their movement like they're 6 months old instead of 60 years. The trunk has also been completely outfitted with matching carpets and custom side panels that give it a very finished look and conceals the rear-mounted battery.
The engine is a correct 283cubic inch V8, which looks right at home in the 210's engine bay for obvious reasons. It's pretty stock save for an .030 overbore inside, and it was finished in Chevy Orange to successfully blur the line between stock and custom. Other details include a modern accessory system with a big alternator, a power dual master cylinder, and an upgraded ignition system. However, it drives like a new car thanks to things like power 4-wheel disc brakes, power steering, and a big cooling system that never allows it to get hot under the collar. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission is a big upgrade over the original PowerGlide, and highway-friendly gears in a Ford 9-inch rear mean that it cruises quietly and efficiently, delivering the best of both worlds. A dual exhaust system gives it a hot-rod rumble around town thanks to side exhaust, and that awesome stance comes from 2-inch drop spindles assisted by oversized sway bars front and rear. Cool 18-inch Boss Motorsports wheels have never looked better than they do here and carry 225/40/18 front and 295/45/18 rear performance radials.
A great Chevy with a great story behind it. Call today!
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