1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Gray

1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Gray

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Vehicle Description

1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe

The use of words such as "Special", "Deluxe", "Custom", "Special
Deluxe", and "Custom Deluxe" hit an all time high in the 1940s
with every other manufacturer using these descriptive monikers for
the naming of their car. Some of these were associated with trim
levels, others were the actual name of the car, denoting overall
quality. Even though there were many thousands of examples of each
model in the public domain, the individual owner was led to the
premise that they were literally the only one driving this model of

For consignment, a missing link between the end of the running
board and rounded fender era, and the beginning of the fabulous
finned era in the form of a 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Sport Coupe.
Aptly named due to its two doors and rounded design to slice
through the air, save gas, and look great.

A bit of an exterior project car where we see factory steel panels
with some invasive rust on their seams with trimmings, areas of
previous repairs not sanded well, and plenty of scratching and
paint differences with color of the panels on various areas of this
car. The car is currently gray and there are also areas where this
gray is peeling off revealing the undercoating or previous paint
colors, (white). Some rust bubbling is rearing its head under a few
of the repairs especially on the lowers of this car. The gaps are
off on the doors but the glass is good and the chrome is fairly
shiny with our consignor stating that a new grille is coming along
with the car but not currently installed. The chrome bumpers are
very shiny and appear to be re-plated. Rounded over front quarters,
a split windshield, gently curved roofline which creates the rear
trunk rounded over bump can be seen from the side view. From the
back, the trunk is flanked by dual rear rounded over quarters with
small vertical tail lights attached to their back panels. The rear
fender is a pontoon design and sports a chrome stone guard plate in
its front section. There are fender skirts in the trunk for the
rear quarters. For now the wide whitewall tires with red rims and
shiny bowtie badged moon caps are covering the steel wheels. Also
noted is a side trim spear, and an interpretative flying bird hood

A swing of the doors and we are greeted by nice two tone gray fuzzy
broadcloth panels in dark and light gray. There are some thin
delineating strips creating the forward looking design and on the
doors lowers is a strip of vinyl in dark gray. In these fields are
the actuators and cranks which are nice and shiny, and a gray vinyl
armrest with a trimming in its center. Inside looks nearly new with
a full broadcloth covered split back bench that has a light gray
with vertical small stripes in darker gray broadcloth for the seats
and half of the backs. The remainder is solid darker gray with
bolsters and the "tub covering in darker fuzzy broadcloth with wide
piping. The rear full bench has the same coverings and looks like
new. Upfront, a large slightly worn rimmed bakelite steering wheel
fronts a nearly new looking dash with plenty of modern styling. A
single large round speedo with plenty of shades of gray and black
and surrounding gauges is in the middle. Alower light gray panel on
the bottom has buttons and pulls, and the dash top is full metal
jacket in a cool gray coloring. The center of the dash houses the
vertical radio with a band of chrome and bakelite pushbuttons. A
large vertical ribbed chromed metal speaker cover is in the very
center and next to it is a rectangular clock ashtray and lighter. A
few bakelite knobs pepper the area surrounding the radio and
speaker covering. Below is a chromed handle for the handbrake, a
heater and some clean gray carpeting. Above is an original
headliner appearing in yellowed and slightly faded mohair, with
some damage from water on the passenger rear B pillar area. The
consignor does state that a new headliner is coming with the car
along with some new windlace.

Under the hood is a 216.5ci inline 6 cylinder engine. It sits
within an unrestored engine bay with lots of patina and some rust
on the upper surface of the valve covering. A newer fuel filter is
seen and working in conjunction with a 1-barrel carburetor, oil
bath air cleaner and factory intake manifold. On the back is a 3
speed manual transmission with the help of a 4.11 rear axle propels
the car forward. Aged hoses and wires are noted throughout.

Plenty of surface rust throughout, some heavier than others with a
new fuel tank. Some invasive rust is noted on the inner fenders.
The floor pans are in good shape with plenty of patina but no rust.
A newer exhaust has been installed and the pumpkin is a bit wet on
the underside. Independent coil springs are in front and the ride
for the back is courtesy leaf springs. Drum braking is on all 4

As mentioned this car is a bit of a project car and it shows in the
drive-ability with the heater not blowing, the clock not working,
radio silent, turn signals non functioning, and speedo and odometer
not moving. That aside, the car started and idled smoothly, and
moved forward when put into gear. Braking is manual and pulls to
the left when pressed hard.

An interesting transition design from the bow tie company with this
1950 example. It will need some TLC and fixes on the electrical and
mechanical fronts, as well as bodywork to remediate rust.


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