Nineteen fifty-seven was the final 12 months for the “Shoebox Chevy” and as at present’s Nice Price or No Dice 210 proves, it stays an iconic design even to this present day. Let’s see what sort of worth this fabulously finned four-door would possibly carry.
What is it they are saying? Oh yeah, shut solely counts in hand grenades and horseshoes. Trying to promote a automotive that has been introduced near working situation with solely a obscure rationalization as to what’s conserving it from crossing the end line solely serves to lend credence to that dictum.
The 1980 Mazda RX7 we checked out yesterday had been sitting for greater than 20 years and whereas its vendor had finished loads to carry it again to life, it was described within the advert as being solely near finished. So shut! Few of you obtain the reason of what was wanted to finish the duty and even fewer of you felt the potential work warranted paying the vendor’s $5,500 asking worth. That resulted in a 67 p.c No Dice loss.
Well, Spooky Season is now in full swing. This is my favourite time of 12 months, though I’m a bit of behind the curve as I haven’t even purchased my pumpkins but. One of the issues I actually like concerning the Halloween season is all of the scary films which might be trotted out this time of 12 months. One trope of the scary film that I take pleasure in is that when the evil-doer of the flick drives a automotive, it’s often one thing actually creepy. Think the beat-up Peterbilt from Duel or the Caddy hearse from Phantasm. Wouldn’t it’s enjoyable to have your individual type of creepy outdated automotive to cruise round in and scare the kiddies? Maybe eat a number of?
If that seems like your jam, then check out this 1957 Chevrolet 210 sedan. Kind of creepy, proper? Ok, however beneath that patina and patchwork lies what appears to be some strong bones. According to the advert, there’s additionally a recent 327 V8 and a four-speed stick, the latter having traded its column lever for a floor-mounted cue ball-topped fun-maker. Topping it off, the inside the place that shifter lives doesn’t look creepy in any respect.
When new, the 210 was the mid-tier model of Chevy’s mainstay household carline, sitting between the stripper 150 and the all-singing, all-dancing Bel Air. This mannequin 12 months could be the final for the sequence that had debuted in 1955. Over the years this line has gained the nicknames “Tri-Fives” for apparent causes, and “Shoebox Chevies” for the truth that the mannequin’s hood and fender strains shared the same top. As completely different because the ’57 appears from the ’55, they’re each just about the identical of their mid-sections.
The 327 and four-speed usually are not authentic tools right here, however every is a fairly widespread replace for warm rodders. The four-door sedan will not be the commonest of the fashions to get such an replace, however you possibly can steadiness the additional weight and fewer sporty nature of the automotive over the coupe with its added comfort and extra shocking nature.
The advert claims a clear underbody and clear title. It additionally says the automotive wants a brand new carb so take into account that in your ruminations over its worth. New elements already on the automotive embody the tires, gas tank, starter, battery, and radiator. The exhaust dumps mid-chassis and can also be claimed to be new.
Inside, the vast bench seats look to have been properly recovered and there’s an add-on tach sitting simply forward of the full-moon speedo. The steering wheel is your typical scorching rod tiller however the vendor says the unique comes with the automotive too. Full carpeting covers the ground and the door playing cards and sprint look to be in respectable sufficient form.
The patina protecting the outside provides the automotive a little bit of menace, one thing sorely missing within the canary yellow paint it wears beneath. The primer-black hood helps too and one has to imagine that it latches totally and is barely popped within the footage as a result of the vendor had simply snapped the pictures of the engine bay.
Speaking of that engine bay, there’s some work to be finished in there. The heater is disconnected and the duct tape on the firewall above the steering column appears an excellent bit kludgy. These, and the necessity for a brand new carb, look like minor fixes, in contrast to the potential want for a brand new motor introduced by yesterday’s Mazda. Add to that simply how straightforward a automotive like this Chevy is to wrench on and there’s really quite a lot of attraction to the considered rolling up one’s sleeves and diving in.
The obvious value of entry is $8,500, and for that, you get the automotive and some additional elements that the vendor chooses to not element. What’s your tackle that worth and this patina…er, Chevy? Does that appear like an excellent deal for a traditional automotive in its current Spooky Season form? Or, does that worth require magnificence that’s greater than pores and skin deep?
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