1954 Chevrolet 210: А car for all

1954 Chevrolet 210: А car for all

Engine Inline 6 Horsepower 86 kW / 117 PS / 115 hp (SAE) / 3700Torque 271 Nm / 200 ft-lb / 2000Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 3200 lbs | 1451.496 kg Transmission 3-speed manual

The affordable price and comfortable interior trim made the Chevrolet 210 one of the most sought-after cars of the 50s.  It was an intermediate passenger car designed for the middle class.

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The history of the American auto industry is phenomenal in its ups and downs. Over the past 100-plus years, it produced legendary cars, which forever remain in history. Many names have faded into history, sparkling a little, but some are still paving the way for the upcoming generations. The legendary Chevrolet is one of the undisputed cornerstones of the American automobile industry. For many decades, the brand produced models that still exist. But some were made for a short time. These include the Chevrolet 210, an American passenger car that rolled off the assembly line between 1953 and 1957. It replaced the Styleline DeLuxe and, after the completion of the production cycle,  was replaced by the Biscayne model.

The origins

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Initially, the Chevrolet 210 emerged as a transitional model between the post-war generation of 1949-1952 and the iconic cars of 1955-1957. The US economy was booming, and the population gradually improved its financial state, striving to buy new and modern vehicles. Detroit companies had worked hard to conquer the market and present the public with the most advanced cars. At this time, work was in full swing at Chevrolet on the V8 engine, led by Edward Cole; and the general manager of the division, Thomas Keating, was busy redesigning the full-size series. The “new” automobile was easily recognizable by the “Belair” molding on the rear side panels and the complete chrome flashing of the windshield and rear window. Most 210s had one color paint, but a two-tone paint scheme was also available, with the entire body painted one color and the pillarless roof a contrasting white. The interior received an expanded selection of upholstery materials and colors reminiscent of Bel Air. A cabin heater, a beautiful steering wheel, sun visors, rear-view mirrors, and rubber mats were available. The instrument panel was in the interior color. The options already included a two-door hardtop body, power steering, vacuum brake booster, air conditioning with outboard deflectors, a complete set of instruments, chrome trim on the dashboard, and a filler cap. A more conventional radio, clock, and cloth rugs were also included. The cheapest 210 started at $1,775 with minimal equipment and a 6-cylinder engine. Although it was advertised as a completely new automobile, technically, it differed little from previous years’ models. It had a steel ladder frame, independent front suspension with springs, a live rear axle with semi-elliptical springs, and hydraulic drum brakes on all wheels.

The 1954 model year

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Under the hood, the model had an inline 6-cylinder OHV engine of the Blue Flame series, with a volume of 3859 cm3, previously available only as an option. The automobile received the standard 3-speed manual and 2-speed Powerglide automatic transmissions,  which developed 108 hp and 115 hp, respectively. Powerglide automatic transmission output was mainly due to aluminum pistons, hydraulic valve lifters, and an improved lubrication system. For a surcharge, the vehicle was equipped with electric power steering and a Guidematic device that automatically switched headlights from high beam to low beam. In 1954 the intermediate series Chevrolet 210 was based on a chassis with a 115″ (2921 mm) wheelbase and was offered in 2- and 4-door sedans, a five-seat Club Coupe, a 2-door Sport Coupe hardtop, a convertible, and a wagon. Overall, 649,821 vehicles were sold during this year.

Did you know?

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Despite its short life, the 210th was remembered because it appeared in many movies and TV shows. It was filmed in Cry Vengeance (1954), 12 Monkeys (2015-2018), Mega Mindy (2006-2014), Magic City (2012-2013), Jeremy Clarkson’s Motorworld, 1995-1996 and many more.

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1954 Chevrolet 210: А car for all

Engine Inline 6 Horsepower 86 kW / 117 PS / 115 hp (SAE) / 3700Torque 271 Nm / 200 ft-lb / 2000Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 3200 lbs | 1451.496 kg Transmission 3-speed manual

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