Tuesday, October 27, 2009

1955 Chevrolet - Cars in Yards

What a great story it would be... but, it’s the same old car story told from a different yard. I spotted a red 1955 Chevrolet rusting peacefully behind a wood fence. I walked up to the house and knocked on the door. I talked briefly to the owner. He graciously showed me around his yard. Dozens of other ‘project’ cars covered the property. The moment of truth. “Do you want to sell the ’55?”

Answer is...?
“Well, if you change your mind, here’s my number,” I told him. You guessed right if you said the answer was no. I can’t blame the guy. I wouldn’t sell it to me either.

How many built?
Chevrolet built more than 1.7 million passenger cars in 150, 210 and Bel Air series varieties during the 1955 production year. This red Chevy looks like a Bel Air hardtop minus its body moldings. Chevy produced 189,269 Bel Air 2-door hardtops. You can see the stainless steel Bel Air moldings around the side window glass.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained
I had a great time talking to the owner of the ’55, and who knows, he might call me when he’s ready to sell it. I will keep looking for the old cars in yards and keep you posted. Send me your junkyardlife stories and photos here.
Holes remain where body side moldings once shined.

The paint that remains looks like it was once brushed on the car.
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