NICELY RESTORED BACK TO ORIGINAL, STRAIGHT BLACK PAINT, RUNS GREAT
Cars like this 1948 Chevrolet Fleetline sedan are rather rare birds. No, they built hundreds of thousands of them, but the truth is there's no financial upside to restoring one to this level and as a result, they're vanishing at an alarming rate. However, for those of us who appreciate a nicely done factory-style restoration, this is a wonderfully appealing old car.
In 1948, most people who could afford a new car drove something that looked just like this. No flashy whitewalls, no wild colors, just a basic black sedan that was plenty stylish for the period. With the war ended, chrome was back on the menu, so automakers dressed up their pre-war designs and put them out for public consumption, resulting in some of the best-looking cars ever. The black paint is impressive and the investment in time and money to get a black car this straight should command a lot of respect. All four doors fit well and close with that solid feeling that you just can't get anywhere else, and even though this was an affordable car, it sure looks expensive today. The chrome and stainless really give it some flash, particularly along the pontoon fenders. There's an accessory Fulton sun visor over the windshield, but otherwise this one looks just the way the factory intended.
Period-looking upholstery has been re-created in ultra-leather to give it lasting beauty and durability, not to mention a bit of an upscale feel. Cloth would have been original equipment, but the two-tone hides in this car look right, particularly with the pleats and matching door panels. There's virtually zero wear and plenty of stretch-out room for six people if you're feeling cozy. The symmetrical dash looks to be largely original, but the gauges are in great shape and show off their art-deco influences. Radios and heaters were optional, even in 1948, and this Chevy did indeed receive an under-seat heater unit that can keep things nice and toasty on a cool evening. And despite the 12-volt electrical system, I'm pleased that the builder resisted the urge to stick a modern stereo in there somewhere, because the fun of this car is the period experience. Part of that experience is probably road trips, and with the big trunk and full-sized spare, this car is a great candidate for a long tour.
Chevy's reliable "Stovebolt" six powered all their cars in 1948. With 216 cubic inches, it's a good match to the size of the car and darts through traffic easily. On the highway, the smooth six will cruise at 55 MPH without straining itself, but just remember that the engine has babbit bearings inside. It's sharply detailed in battleship gray engine enamel and all the correct accessories are there, including the oil bath air cleaner that's been adapted to a modern paper element. A 12-volt alternator and a new Painless Wiring harness make for a very reliable electrical system and there's a new exhaust system underneath. A 3-speed manual with column shift spins the original rear end, and while the chassis is original, there's really no sign of trouble. Wearing simple hubcaps and black wheels, the 6.00-16 blackwalls give it just the right look.
A fun, affordable little Chevy with a very impressive restoration. Impossible to duplicate, this is a lot of car for the money. Call today!
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