1949 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe two-door
This two-door sedan makes a great first impression, and that all starts with the paint. The gold exterior strikes that perfect balance of providing a bold hue with a deep enough tone to showcase its sophistication. All of this is particularly true because there has been a lot of investment in a professional application of this color about 10yrs ago. And while this car has a better luster than what Chevy could provide in '49, this is the kind of bright presentation these classics have always had when you pictured them in your mind. The clean but not perfect chrome surrounds every piece of glass, runs from the headlight to the door handle, outlines the lower rear fender, covers both bumpers, surrounds every exterior light, and gives the car a shiny toothy grille. When all of this is so complete and mirror-like, you realize that you're looking at a labor of love. And you'll even love going over the details – from the correct long hood ornament, to the sun visor, to the color-matched factory wheels with whitewall tires – this is one impressive total package.
Inside it's been restored to look like a time capsule. The option lists were a lot shorter in 1949, which gives this car an uncluttered appearance of a simpler time. The steering column is uncomplicated with a big wheel to help make turning a breeze. Behind it are just two stalks – one for the turn signal and the other to shift the manual transmission. Despite this coupe's simplicity, the gauge cluster is quite informative. It has info for the fuel, water temperature, oil pressure, and voltage that are all surrounding the Art Deco speedometer. Because this is a true 1940s car, there are the traditional chrome accents on places like the doors, wheel, and the dashboard. It's joined by the tan and copper coloring that interweaves so nicely on the dash, door panels, and carpeting. Plus, the two rows of benches feel like cushy cloth couches, and the pinstripe cloth seating is truly an artistic touch. It feels so fresh, that you know there were all the right investments here.
Chevy's bulletproof 216 cubic inch inline-six was the backbone of the company for decades, and in a car that's been so correctly presented so far, it's a welcomed sight under the hood. Famous for its durability and smoothness, you'll find that this is an easy car to love. The engine bay is nicely detailed with the bright valve cover and aluminum radiator reminding you of the investment in this vehicle. And the blue block, intake, and exhaust show that you understand preservation, too. It starts easily with a great six-cylinder grumble from the single tailpipe, and you'll love the control that the three-speed manual transmission gives you over this classic powerplant.
Overall a very presentable Classic ready to enjoy!
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