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A Moment Of Silence For The Quiet Death of A Dream

Posted in Car Photography, Cars, Chevrolet, Custom, Design, Hot Rods by Suzanne Denbow | July 23rd, 2008 | 1 Response |

During my daily troll through the hot rod classifieds, I found a babied 1953 Chevrolet 150 hot rod that is being reluctantly put out to pasture. To add insult to injury, the asking price has apparently been drastically lowered due to lack of buyer interest – just barely over 2 grand. With a rebuilt Chevy 305 engine, Edelbrock intake manifold, MSD ignition, dual exhaust, the engine modifications this guy has made easily cost twice that. The car has never been driven under any conditions other then bright blue California skies and even though it has a transmission that “shifts like butter”, it’s never, ever been raced. Obviously, judging by the awards and photographic evidence, the car is incredibly well cared for.

So what’s motivating the sell?

According to the seller, “I’m getting married, other wise i would never get rid of it. Weddings are very expensive.”

I give it 3 years, tops.

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  1. If the guy had just done the mechanical upgrades and kept the color a simple one, or two-tone paint job, he might have gotten a few calls. That paint job, as it is, is just too much; unless you absolutely love flames. True enough is the fact that those flames could be sanded out of existence and new paint put on. But at what cost and what investment of time, one might wonder. Most folks, once they saw a photo or heard tell about the flames, would just pass – even at just a couple of grand.

    Additionally, the 1952-’54 Chevrolets, while decent enough machines, just never bring the interest that the iconic “Tri-5″ (1955, ’56 and ’57) Chevrolets do.

    The early Fifties Chevrolets that do get noticed, at auction or in the classifieds, are usually bone stock on the outside, with some modifications for better overall performance: a V8 is all right and a front disc brake kit on an upgraded front suspension is all viewed as all right by vintage car enthusiasts or rodders.

    The problem with anyone’s “dream” is finding that one other person that shares it – in terms of cars or life itself. Perhaps what the owner of this Chevrolet should do is keep track of who buys the car – and if they sell it. If his marriage does indeed not work out, he can always buy the car back. My hunch is he’s going to end up keeping the thing.