Chevrolet released some of their best looking cars in the forties. I always preferred their curves to the Fords of the era. This Fleetline Aerosedan represents the most handsome of Chevy’s lineup in 1947 and that fact also helped it become a best seller. This particular car may appear worse than it really is. Supposedly it was daily driven until sometime in the ’90s when it was parked inside a barn in Washington. It has been dug out and is now listed on eBay with bidding currently at $598.
We are not sure if we would call it patina, but the exterior surface of this old sedan has quite the look. The seller claims that there are few layers of paint including a rust colored one. That would explain how the car can look rusty and solid at the same time. We would be tempted to leave the outside alone while we got her running and cleaned up the interior. Those red rims might need to be toned down a bit though.
Upfront sits a 216 inline six which could put out about 90 horsepower when new. Looks like everything is there and that it could be made to run with some work. The seller does not give many details, so you will want to make sure it is not seized up.
Every surface is rough inside, but it all looks complete. Note the “Fleetweave” fabric on the seats which was exclusive to these cars. Nothing fancy in here, but these were nice cars in their day.
You are going to have to really love this Fleetline to take it on because it is going to need a lot of work just to get running. Although, after doing the job, you will have one of the ugliest best looking fastbacks America has ever made.