Most new-car warranties offer coverage for a maximum of five years, but when was the last time you came across a 70-year-old car under any kind of warranty? offer coverage for a maximum of five years, but when was the last time you came across a 70-year-old car under any kind of warranty?
In recognition of its upcoming 70th birthday, the Pick of the Day is a 1953 Chevrolet 150 two-door sedan listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Homestead, Florida. (Click the link to view the listing)
“One owner car with original title and original bill of sale,” the listing begins. “Same family for 69 years.”
Best of all, in addition to having received cosmetic refurbishment, this 210 also received work to the drivetrain that included a recent rebuild of the 216cid inline-six engine, the three-speed Synchromesh manual transmission, and the rear end. The work that was performed carries a three-year warranty that is transferable to the new owner, according to the listing.
The restoration of this 210 involved a comprehensive two-year build with “every nut and bolt” being replaced accordingly. Some of the photographs included in the gallery show the car in various phases of the process. The brakes, suspension, glass, weather stripping, wiper system, instruments, and lights were all replaced during the tear-down. Most of the equipment remains period-correct, although a newer Bluetooth radio was added to provide more modern sound with a retro look.
The 150 model first launched in 1953 as an economy-minded offering in the Chevrolet lineup. It was distributed largely through fleet sales and was light on amenities to keep costs down. Even things like ashtrays, cigarette lighters, and mirrors were options for an extra cost.
This example from that initial model year shows well in its two-tone Surf Green and Woodland Green, and a set of new Coker wide whitewall tires add to the period-correct look. True to the low-budget 150 original intent, the car is void of side moldings, although it does have a set of wheel skirts over the rear fenders.
On the interior, the upholstery carries through with the same two-tone color scheme. Even the trunk is lined with vinyl material and Chevrolet bowtie-branded embroidery. The seller has included a video showing the underbody, exterior, and interior.
The seller is asking $33,000 for this 150 which is complete with a three-year warranty for added peace of mind.