Sunday, September 12, 2010

Carspotting (62): 1950s Chevy

Growing up in Southern California in the 1980s, the 1950s Chevy coupe was the quintessential "classic car".  American muscle cars from the late 60s were certainly appreciated back then, but they could still be had for less than $3,000 to $4,000.  Here is a Chevy I saw this weekend in front of the local deli.

5 comments:

John L said...

Aren't they great. I love them. When I was really young I had two '39s, a '48, a '55, a '56, a '57 and a '58. They were good for towing our horse float and were slightly heftier than the Holdens and Vauxhalls of the time.

kashgar216 said...

@John L: Did you guys have separate Holden and Chevy dealerships? Or were the Chevys rebadged as Holdens?

longrooffan said...

That one is a 1956 post coupe. And nice.

John L said...

No, they were Chevrolets. We call them Chevs. In the 50s they were assembled in Holden's factories from CKD kits brought in from Canada and marketed through Holden dealers. They were all 4-door sedans and all had the Blue Flame 6-cylinder which was quite a formidable power plant in my opinion. The same engine was in the first Toyota Land Cruisers. Later, Holdens made their own big car, firstly the Holden Brougham and then the Statesman.

kashgar216 said...

@John L.: Thanks. I learned something new today.