1951 Chevrolet Fleetline Wagon
1951 Chevrolet Fleetline Wagon
Back in 1951, station wagons were still made for folks that needed room to carry stuff, and Chevrolets showed nicely in their exuberant proportions. Quite soon, these load haulers would fall prey to Harley Earl's relentless quest for "longer, lower, wider" cars, too, and while certainly gaining showroom appeal, they would lose a lot of their practicality. Nobody mourned, though: style over substance became the trend of the times, and buyers happily adapted their aspirations to the grand scheme of automotive fashion.
For consignment a low production number made Fleetline Station Wagon from Chevrolet right out of 1951. This beauty has undergone a complete frame off restoration and is in beautiful overall condition. A new engine and transmission, we could refer to this as slightly rodded, slightly the original design, totally cool overall grocery getter, getaway classic with very cool 1950s styling and chrome adornments.
From the very front tip of the rocket jet hood ornament atop the bulbous hood, central trim running from front to back to the split windscreen, and flanking integrated rounded fenders with visor bezels over a single round headlight, this car is 1951 and then some. A straight triple wide horizontal rib grille with fog lighting, and horizontal arrow turn signals at either side, and a gracefully curved bumper below, it's that good that you could style your hair and get dressed in front of it, and you will not miss a beat. Looking at the steel side slabs which are painfully straight and have well minded gaps all bathed in green and adorned with a side trim spear, which ends at the rear bulbous fender with front protector chromed plate, and a fender skirt for that extra low and slow look. A “tin” woody faux but very convincing wood grain is painted on to the front door uppers, and starts its downward swoop through the rear doors, and widening at the rear quarter, eventually taking over the entire rear tailgate. 17-inch American Racing polished 5 spoke wheels are wrapped by somewhat low-profile rubber and its looking like new all around on this skeuomorph.
The full restoration continues inside for the door panels which consist of a “tin” painted upper in maple, then a true mahogany panel with billet handles and power window toggles in an aluminum oval panel, and a leather covered door pull/armrest. Turning our body to the inside we slip in and feel the warmth of the leather benches in a saddle brown that show virtually no wear and have near perfect padding and filling. This holds true for a second row which is another shorter bench allowing access from the passenger side and sitting on a raised “stage” with metal armrests. Yet a third row of leather seating is way back and stretches from side panel to side panel. All these benches do not have nary a mark upon them. A beautifully restored to original dash is painted a beautiful neutral gray, which compliments the seats and shows off the chrome ribbing and bezels for the dash. New gauges for the dash, a Lecara steering wheel fronting it, and on the back carpeted flopper, a boot in matching leather to the seats covers the lower portion of a Lokar shifter, A/C, and a great stereo have been added for comfort and entertainment. Fine mohair is on the headliner and is looking good with all the interior wood and leather trimmings, as well as the wood separators for each headliner panel.
Popping the massive hood, we are greeted with a WOW on the engine bay with a like new bay with green paint, all new wiring and a ZZ3 350ci crate engine courtesy of Chevrolet. It is topped with a 4-barrel carburetor, and on back a new 700 R4 4-speed automatic transmission. A Ford 9-inch rear axle is on, and there is plenty of bling bolted on to the engine to keep your eyes memorized for a while under the hood.
Using the words “frame off” yields always impressive surfaces seldom seen out of a showroom if you were to crawl underneath while it's there…but who does that? So now you won't have to as well is totally like new, rust free, and showing structurally sound with big black frame with Mustang II front suspension now on, and leaf springs for the rear. Power disc brakes are upfront thanks to Wilwood, and power drums are on the back. Even attention has been paid to the floorpans and side rocker hangers which are as nice as the topside green. A Flowmaster exhaust snakes rearward from the headers that are attached to the mill upfront.
All hands-on deck as everyone wanted a ride in this beauty, so we took the gang to the test track where it performed beautifully, handled very well, and accelerated like a champ. Braking was good and all functions were working as they should. All piling out after our ride had a smile so I assume all good!
Consigner stated over 125K was spent on this total restoration and looking at this car one can believe this in spades. Just a beauty of a ride, and still retains its 1951 charm with some tasteful rodding. A strong engine, smooth transmission and beautiful interior are just a few of the many highlights one can associate with this wonderful ride with a stated few hundred miles since the redux.
14-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
54247-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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