1957 Chevy 210 Station Wagon / Specs, Photos, History

Chevrolet’s 1957 models were and still are very popular automobiles and are often referred to as 1950′s icons. They were statements at the time of a new modern design. The 57 Chevy 210 Station Wagon featured in this article is a real beauty. Those famous 1957 Chevy tail fins add to the great look of this vehicle. These cars were noted for their sporty and stylish look. It was during these Tri_Five Years (1955-1957) where Chevrolet made major design changes and gave both Ford and Chrysler a real run for their money. In 1955 Chevy outsold Ford by a quarter million vehicles.

Three models of Chevrolet automobiles were offered for 1957. These were the top of the line Bel Air…the mid range 210 and the lower trim 150.

1957 chevy station wagon

1957 Chevy Station Wagon

1955 Chevrolet Design

All of this began with the all new design of the 1955 Chevrolet whose design team was led by GM’s legendary Harley Earl. This was an all new look for Chevrolet. Gone was the bulbous hood sitting between two wide fenders. Essentially, rounded lines were replaced with a straighter flatter look.

Visibility was improved with a wider windshield. Ventilation was improved greatly and air conditioning could be enjoyed for the first time as an option. 1955 was also the first year of a 12 volt electrical system. Each year during the 1955-1957 run the design was reskinned but the general design remained the same with flatter straighter lines. A good example are the famous fins put on the 1957 models.

Several Station Wagons Available for 1957`

Chevrolet actually produced several varieties of station wagons for the 1957 model year. These included the two-door station wagon (with a sloped pillar behind the hardtop door and sliding windows at the rear seat) Nomad, the four-door, six-passenger station wagon, and the four-door, nine-passenger station wagon.

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All new styling that began with the 1955 model. The 57 Chevy is part of the famous Tri-Five Chevys

Color combinations for the 1957 Chevy Wagons were ivory and charcoal, beige and copper, two tone green.

The Chevy design team for 1957 added an egg crate anodized grille to the 210 model and a gold anodized grille for the Bel Air.

1957 Chevrolet Station Wagon Specifications

There were three Chevy engine options available for 1957 but several additional configurations could boost horsepower significantly. The three engines were the 235 cubic inch Inline Six, the 265 cubic inch V-8 and the new 283 cubic inch V-8.

Horsepower varied greatly depending on add-ons. The 235 was rated at 140 HP, the 265 at 162 HP. The new 283 could be had in several Turbo configurations with top horsepower rated at 283. This top horsepower was accomplished with fuel injection. Many would say that this Rochester fuel injected 283 made the car a hot rod right off of the assembly line. This configuration came with a manual gear box only.

Four transmissions were offered for 1957. These included three speed Synchromesh manuals, one with overdrive. Automatics included a two speed Powerglide and a Turboglide variable speed.

Brakes were four wheel hydraulic drum.

Front suspension was independent coil springs with rear being longitudinal leaf springs.

Dimensions for the 57 Chevy Wagon included a wheelbase of 115.0 inches…overall length 200.0 inches, height 60.5 inches, width 70.9 inches. Weight averaged about 3.425 lbs.

New car base price for the 1957 210 wagon was about $2,400.

Production numbers for 1957 Chevrolet Station Wagons were 14,800 for the 150 trim…166,500 for all of the 210 variations and 33,500 for the two Bel Air models.

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1957 Chevrolet Station Wagon Collector Values and Popularity

The 1955-57 Chevys, those of the Tri-Five Years, are among the top collector automobiles from the 1950′s. The 1957 model in our estimation the most popular.

chevy 210 station wagon specifications

Great styling and those famous 57 Chevy fins

Chevrolet station wagons in 1957 came in the 150, 210 and Bel Air trims. As of this writing, the top value range, according to several sources, are as follows…the Chevy 150 range is about $22,000 -$32,000. The 210 model about $24,000 to $35,000 depending on exact model, and the top of the line Bel Air about $27,000 to $40,000. The 210 wagon generally would cost you less than the Bel Air but gives you essentially the great 57 styling. The 57 Nomad is valued significantly higher at about $60,000 to $80,000 plus. Again, the aforementioned values are for fully restored top condition and/or show cars.

The Tri-Five Years were great one’s for Chevrolet and made their cars icons for the decade of the 50′s. When 1958 came around, the Chevy was completely redesigned and looked closer to a Cadillac than it did to a 57 Chevy. The year 1957 was also the last year for the popular Chevy Nomad Station Wagon.

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1958 Dodge Coronet Lancer Coupe / Specs, Photos

The automobile featured in this article is a great looking 1958 Dodge Coronet Lancer Coupe. One of the interesting facts about the Coronet model was that it began as the highest trim line from Dodge in 1949 and then beginning in 1955 became the lowest trim line. The 1958 Dodge Coronet was among the fourth generation Coronets.

1958 dodge coronet

1958 Dodge Coronet

The 1958 Dodge Coronet

The 1958 Dodges had basic mechanicals similar to the De Soto, but featured special styling. The total redesign of Chrysler products for 1955-1956 was followed by the even more dramatic “forward look” cars of 1957-1959. Styling for 1958 was very similar to that of 1957 with only small changes. These automobiles are great examples of the famous Chrysler Corporation finned cars of the 1950′s.

In 1958 the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation had three models: the Coronet…Royal, and Custom Royal. These models used the same turret as some Desotos, but had a special body style of their own. All were to a high degree similar, but with different trim lines and features.

The Dodge Coronet was the base model. The Coronet model did not have as much chrome work as the other two models, which was most noticeable on the front with the lack of ‘teeth’ and dress work. They also had a different rear bumper bar which had little rubber stoppers on the corners. So very different than when the Coronet had been the shining top Dodge model from 1949 to 1953.

dodge coronet fourth generationThe Full Size and Intermediate Dodge Coronet

The Dodge Coronet began as a full sized car and was so during the 1950′s and some years later. Beginning in 1965 and to 1975 the Coronet became an intermediate size car. As for the names Lancer and Coronet, Lancer would switch over as the badge for the corporation’s new compact car in 1961 (sibling to Plymouth’s Valiant) while Coronet would disappear for a few years and then reappear as a new Dodge mid-size in 1965. This new 1965 model had a muscle car image and as much power as a 426 V8 Hemi could deliver.

The 1958 models were the first Dodges to have four headlights.

The grille and headlights were the most significant changes for the Dodge Coronet for 1958. The headlights were now quad units. The 1958 and 1959 Coronet, Royal, and Custom Royal employed a Desoto Fireflite chassis but had plainer trim.

Dodge focused on improving the engines, which they did, with all engines of the ‘wedge’ single rocker head design. The top of the line engine was the 361-cubic-inch V8 with fuel-injection which was capable of an astonishing 333 horsepower.

The Coronet may have been the base model at the time, but it doesn’t look totally plain. Huge fins, plenty of chrome, and some good options make this a good looking Dodge.

1958 Dodge Coronet Specifications

Since the Dodge Coronet was considered the base model, most were equipped with inline-six engines.The top of the line engine was the 361-cubic-inch V8 with fuel-injection which was capable of an astonishing 333 horsepower.

A three-speed transmission with Fluid-Drive was standard equipment.

1950's dodge coronetBrakes were four wheel hydraulic drum.

The 17-foot, 10-inch-long Dodge provides a true “big car” ride. The spacious cabin is 78.3-inches wide with a panoramic view through the wraparound windshield.

New car price in 1958 was about $2,750.

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The Dodge Coronet is a reasonably valued collector car. This of course also depends a lot on overall condition and degree of restoration. As mentioned above, the Dodge Coronet itself went from a top of the line car to eventually the lowest trim model.

dodge coronet dashboardAs of this writing the high end for the 1958 Dodge Coronet V-8 hardtop and sedans ranges from $25,000 to about $35,000. Convertible models will be the highest valued reaching perhaps over $70,000.

These values appear to hold true for the two higher trim lines with maybe a few thousand dollars more for the higher trims.

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1939 Ford Half Ton / Photos, All Details

The vehicle featured in this article is a fine looking restored 1939 Ford Half Ton Pickup.

The 1939 model year was a big one for the Ford Motor Company since it was the first year for the new Mercury nameplate which was a project pushed by Edsel Ford.

1939 ford half ton pickup

1939 Ford Half Ton

1939 was also an important year for Ford pickup trucks in as much as they sported the new design which was introduced in 1938. That same design was carried over to 1939.

This new design and styling that came out in 1938 really pushed the Ford Pickups into a more modern era. Ford Motor Company during the 30′s was not known to make rapid changes and upgrades and the 38 truck line represented a major step in that direction since the last basic redesign was in 1935. 1938 was also the first year that Ford offered their cab-over (COE) trucks.

The 1938-39 Design

When you discuss the 39 Ford Pickup you need to look back one year to see the 1938 model with it’s totally new cab. These trucks didn’t look like anything that came before them. The front end had an oval barrel shaped grille. Some thought the new front end looked British. The new front end featured the industry’s first front opening hood.

The cabs were larger as were the cargo beds that had not been changed since 1931. The dashboard was modernized and had recessed controls for safety.  A major change in 1939 however was the addition of hydraulic brakes. This was something Ford had been dragging it’s feet on for a long time. GM passed Ford by in this category and Plymouth actually offered hydraulic brakes back in 1928. What did not change to any great extent was the chassis which had a lot to do with Henry Ford thinking that anything more than a marginal change was unnecessary.

Optional equipment included a sliding rear window…a gas cap that locked…radio…dual windshield wipers and chrome bumpers.

This new truck design however lasted only two years for the 38 and 39 model years. Design changed for the 1940 model year where the half tons had a front end that more resembled the car line. The 1940 Ford Pickups also had improved mechanicals along with wider cabs.

1939 Ford Half Ton Specifications

Engine for this model is a 221 cubic inch V-8 L-Head delivering 85 horsepower.

Transmission is a three speed manual.

Hydraulic drum brakes were offered for the first time replacing Ford’s mechanical braking system.

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New grille first introduced for the 1938 model year

Dimensions for the 39 Ford Half Ton included a 112.0 inch wheelbase…weight averaged about 2,700 lbs.

Cargo bed was 77.7 inches in length and 46.0 inches wide.

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1939 Ford Half Ton Pickup Collector Trucks

There aren’t many trucks out there from this era left to choose from. With that being said there are some fully restored beautiful looking models that don’t come cheaply. As of this writing we’ve seen one show quality restoration offered at $67,000.

If you’re fortunate enough to find a 38 or 39 Ford Pickup for a restoration project it appears there are ample sources for parts.

As of this date average sale prices for the 1939 Ford Half Tons range in the $12,000 to $30,000 range depending on condition and degree and date of restoration. This is of course for running vehicles. There may be offerings higher than that as mentioned above.

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