(Editor’s note: With Arizona Car Week underway, Pick of the Day goes on hiatus after today, but it will be back Tuesday, January 17.)
Talk about a case of deja vu! So here I am, clicking through the classified ads on ClassicCars.com, searching out my Pick of the Day, only to discover a car that looks just like the one my parents bought new back when I was a youngster.
The Pick of the Day is a 1957 Chevrolet 210 in Dusk Pearl with a white top.
“Runs and drives great,” the private seller in St. Louis says in the ad. “In the past year, I have installed a new fuel tank, sending unit, gas cap, fuel pump, generator, master cylinder (I still have the original for rebuild) and various bulbs. It also has four brand-new Uniroyal tires.
“The car tracks perfectly down the highway with no shimmies, rattles or vibrations; steering straight with no hands on the wheel. Engine fires right up and has a bit of tappet tick, very common on these old Chevys.”
The engine is an inline-6 linked to a manual gearbox — just like the one my dad bought new.
Ah, the memories — especially of a vacation drive to New England, visiting Plymouth Rock, Old Ironsides, the Old North Church, the site of the Shot Heard ‘Round the World, driving to the summit of Mount Greylock, and having to bypass the Baseball Hall of Fame so we’d have time for mom to visit the Corning Glass museum on our way back to Illinois.
That was then, what about now?
“This car has been stored most of its life and it shows,” the seller says. “It smells like an old barn. It is a non-smokers car with the original headliner, seats, dash, gauges, glass, floor mat, glove box insert, pull handles to get out of the back seat, window cranks, and much more.”
The seller notes areas that have had “minor rust repair” and says that the nearly 60-year-0ld original paint is a “bit blotchy, and thin.”
The seller also admits that the heater blower motor and radio-tuning knob don’t work, and that the speedometer “will sometimes go a little crazy on the highway.”
However, the frame and undercarriage “are solid.”
“I enjoy driving this car,” says the seller. “this car is a true survivor. It needs a good home.”
The asking price is $33,000, or best offer.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.