Sunday, March 22, 2015

Livermore Street Sighting - 1956 Chevrolet Two-Ten Sedan

California Streets has been on a sort of hiatus for the past month, owing to real-life responsibilities and a lack of motivation to write. So I employed my rule of "When in doubt, Tri-Five Chevy". Here's a 1956 Chevrolet Two-Ten (or 210) pillared sedan.

Returning readers are no doubt familiar with my thoughts regarding 1955-57 Chevrolets. They're nice-looking cars that generally bore me but I still like them. And occasionally a spectacular one comes by that knocks my socks off. Others are solid drivers like this one, probably a humble low-buck cruiser build. A fun car you can still run errands in and not cringe if someone else parks close to you. I don't know anything about what powers it, but I would venture that it's not fast and isn't made to be fast. One doesn't usually expect a family sedan with full hubcaps and wide whitewall tires to be a performance vehicle, and there's nothing wrong with that. I like a classic cruiser as much as any special-interest vehicle.

I'm a little iffy about speculating builder intent on project cars now since I was contacted recently by an owner who objected to my description of his car. (Not the first time that's happened...) I can understand being angry when some no-name person online starts making uninformed comments about your pride and joy that you built in your own garage. The fact is that without talking to an owner directly, I have to do research online or make the most educated guess I can about what I'm looking at. Basically, I call it as I see it. This is a car with plenty of potential that could go in any direction. I'd probably start with a new strap to hold up the exhaust system and then figure it out from there.