Friday, September 10, 2010

Cars in Yards: 1955 Chevrolet with 58,000 miles

1955 Chevrolet with 58,000 miles was discovered while yard sale shopping in Massachusetts.
Persistence pays off. In 2005, Keith Carnevale found this 1955 Chevrolet 210 Del Ray in Westford, Massachusetts while browsing yard sales with his wife. The '55 begged to be bought. Keith made his case to the owner, who was in no mood to sell the original, 58,000 mile, 2-door post. 
  "The '55 wasn’t for sale at the time but the guy took my brother’s number," according to Keith's identical twin brother, Kevin. "Four other guys were in line before him to buy the car. Five years later, and with much dedication, he talked the owner into selling the car."

Keith Carnevale's 1955  Chevy post (front) and Kevin Carnevale's '55 Chevy hardtop. 
The price? 
Keith paid $5,000 for the original, one-family-owned, 1955 Chevy equipped with an inline 6-cylinder engine and 3-speed manual transmission. "The owner's uncle, lived in Florida, bought it new and sold it to him in 1970," recalls Kevin, 40, a New Hampshire resident. "The '55 was shipped to Massachusetts from Florida in 1978. The low-mileage Chevy was placed in storage from 1978 until 1985. In 1985, the '55 was pushed outside to endure the harsh Massachusetts winters." It is surprising that this original, documented 1955 Chevy spent 20 years outdoors and looks this good. "All the paperwork on the '55 since it was purchased new came with the car," Kevin says.

Plans

The Carnevale twins plan to cruise in their '55 Chevys soon. "The gray primer hardtop is mine, says Kevin. "It is in a million pieces and I'm going to have it sandblasted soon. I hope to finish it by next summer."



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