Sunday, December 5, 2021

Alamo Street Sighting - 1954 Chevrolet Two-Ten

I've previously said that when I don't know what to post, a Tri-Five (1955-1957) Chevrolet is a good choice. But in this case it's a 1954 Chevy.

The 1949-1954 Chevrolet passenger car line was designed to be a balance of style and practicality. As such, the cars were a blank slate that could be equipped as bare-bones or fancy as customers wanted. A buyer could spec a 150 Utility Sedan with hose-out vinyl interior and no back seat. They could get an eight-passenger, all-steel Townsman station wagon with faux-woodgrain texture exterior trim. They could order a Bel Air convertible with a Powerglide automatic transmission, power steering and power windows. Many of those options were available piecemeal or as aftermarket accessories on any car. This car seen here is such a conglomerate I'm not really sure if we're looking at a 150 or a 210.

The 150 line was Chevy's base offering. The cars were sparsely decorated with almost no body trim except the grille and bumpers. Interiors were basic and only included one sun visor. A black rubber stone guard adorned the rear wheel arch. The 210 featured two sun visors, a chrome trim spear along the car's beltline, and the stone guard was bright metal.

This car has the plain body of a 150 but no stone guard, an accessory fuel door trim and fender skirts. It has the 210 bright trim up top around the windows. It also features bumper over-riders, fog lamps, headlight eyebrows and a sideview mirror of unknown origin (I think the mirror itself is from a 1959-60 Ford Thunderbird but mounted on a different base). The Power-Glide badging on the trunk indicates the two-speed automatic and the higher-output Blue Flame 125 engine. The paint looks like Duco code 562, combination of Fiesta Cream with Bermuda Green roof. The car has an interesting degree of patina to the paint, body and chrome trim. I'm curious what the owner has planned for it.

Photographed July 2018

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