Farm Stored Fastback: 1949 Chevrolet

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From the seller in Lousiana who brought us the Cadillac that he’d swap for a Porsche 911, here’s another candidate for restoration that at least got put in the barn in his expansive collection of projects. This 1949 Chevrolet features a rare fastback body but it’s not going anywhere quickly at the moment. You’ll find it here on eBay with a Buy-It-Now of $3,650 and the option to make a best offer.

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From the comments on the other thread and general internet chatter, the seller seems like a decent guy with lots of project vehicles to spare. Now, many of them are perhaps past the point of restoration, but they still could be long-term rehab projects for an ambitious owner. This Chevrolet has a few strikes against it, including rust issues and the fact that head was removed long ago and left in the trunk.

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Still, it’s hard not to see the possibilities with that fastback body design. I hate to use the words lead sled, but this Chevy would look pretty slick tucking some tire at all four corners. Sheetmetal-wise, I’m sure there is deeper corrosion lurking, but it all looks like surface-level issues from this vantage point. Most of the trim appears intact as well, but I’m not certain if there were any fastback-specific accents that have gone missing here.

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Check out those cobwebs – this ’49 has been siting for a while! The question is, has it been hiding in the barn or was it put out to pasture like so many of Jerry’s other vehicles? I wouldn’t hold it against him; if it weren’t for guys with real estate, most of these cars would have met their unglorious end long ago. I hope this Chevy either keeps another one on the road or is reborn as a sympathetic resto or a low-slung cruiser. How would you bring it back?

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Comments

  1. John

    Gotta love the cobwebs on the dash, gives it the authenic “not touched in years” look!

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  2. Kman

    Chop it, drop it and paint it black with all the chrome and as much power as you dare to go with.

  3. geomechs geomechs Member

    Definitely a ’49 Fleetline Deluxe although the taillight lenses are ’50 vintage. They readily interchange so that isn’t a real big issue. This car is by far best brought back to its original state. They aren’t an easy car to modify unless you completely reinvent the engine compartment; from what I’ve heard/seen the steering column gets in you way of a typical V8, even an SBC. Of course you COULD drop in a later 235 or a 261 and get some better jamb out of it. I’m the first to admit that a 216 is no powerhouse but for me the original motor will suffice. I don’t mind the 216 at all…

    • dm

      Agree about the 216. Drove one in a ’50 4-dr Deluxe as daily transportation for years in the early 80’s. Did have to put a timing gear in it in an apartment parking lot. Have also driven a 235 years ago and I’m not sure there was much difference in performance. Both drove well and had good brakes.

  4. Rock On Member

    Or you could bore out a 292 to 302 cubic inches for some serious grunt.

  5. John

    Wonder if is was below Katrina level?? Or the latest flooding!

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