Mostly Rust Free: 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline

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Ususlly when a posting says “rust free” I think they mean the rust is free, but this 65 year old Chevy really does come close to being completely rust free. This Fleetline is listed here on craigslist in Richmond, Virginia was found under a tarp in a pole barn. It seems to have found by its way to a shop with a history of old Chevys. The paint is shiny, they’ve added a new interior but kept it pretty original except for perhaps that silver bumper. It does look amazing in the pictures for a 65 year old car. The $13,500 asking price might seems a bit high, but considering all the work they’ve done, perhaps it’s not.

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It does look truly rust free underneath and to have just a bit of surface rust under the trunk mat. There is a little bubbling in the bottom of the driver’s door. The underside looks like actual metal and not a coating. I can’t imagine the new owner doing anything but enjoying it as it is, but you never know. There are those who like the looks of these fastbacks chopped a few inches with the bottom dragging on the pavement. All in all, ain’t she pretty?

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Comments

  1. Donnie

    It is a pretty car .I hope it does not become a lowrider .But I’m not the one bying it

  2. Donnie

    the bumpers look like painted silver

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  3. Don Holt

    shinny black paint job /and cheep painted bumper don’t need to say anything else

  4. TLouisJ

    Back in ’65 Mike and I drove his fast back Chevy (just like that one) non stop from North East Oregon to Tijuana Mexico to get it upholstered. New door panels, headliner and tuck and roll seats in black Naugahyde for a couple hundred $. Family of about 10 took 2 hours and did a fine job. $200 doesn’t sound like much, but we were earning $1 an hour working on the farms at the time and going to High School. The old stovebolt hummed right along . :-) TLouisJ

    • Larry Karlovsky

      I could not help but think that while the price today is probably fair back about ’65 we used to buy these old Chevys for $75. A nice one like this might have gone for $100. If only we had known and owned a warehouse.

      • Ed P

        Hindsight is always 20/20.

  5. Robert White

    Not even I would chop this nice car.

    Bob

  6. john

    I love it! I hope it does not get chopped up.

  7. Ed P

    The first car I ever drove was a ’50 Chevy just like this one. It seemed huge from behind the wheel. This car looks like it has been nicely preserved and should remain that way.

    • bigdoc13

      My first car was a 1950 Chevy just like this one. I paid $65.00 for it. I wish I still had it. By the way,this was in 1961 when I was 16.

  8. Thomas Cotrel

    I would upgrade the electrics to 12 volt, rebuild the stovebolt with hardened valve seats, etc., to handle unleaded fuel, retrofit disk brakes, seat and shoulder belts, and collapsable steering column and, finally, re-chrome the bumpers. And then I would drive it to the first car show with any early 1950s Bentley Continentals and park it as close to them a possible and when approached, apologize for a making an understandable mistake.

  9. charlie Member

    Along with the much more expensive Cadillac Sedanette, to my mind, one of the best looking bodies GM ever made.

  10. Mark E

    I’d like to hear from someone in the know about those bumpers. It’s 4 years after the war so why not have chrome bumpers? Was this the cheap price-leader model perhaps?

  11. JimmyinTEXAS

    Selling a used car in Mechanicsville. Is that an omen or what. Love the car. I would mod it, but not chop it… I may have to do a road trip to Mechanicsville someday, just because…

  12. charlie Member

    No, the bumpers were chrome but they rusted easily in those days. Paint is a lot cheaper than replate.

  13. charlie Member

    and, in addition to disk brakes, a dual master cylinder, and, a positive oil pressure system off a ’54 or later – before that Chevys had a splash engine oil system that resulted in lots of wear if you drove it above 55 mph (or 65 with overdrive) for any length of time, and replacing piston rings, which never happens in modern cars, was not an uncommon repair.

    • Mike

      Sorry I hit the report button by accident.
      I was going to say, there are a couple of guy’s here around Festus that has come in to my shop to have the older engines cleaned up, and bored out, from these era motors, when they would be restoring a older car, and they put all new parts in the engines, I have seen a lot of scored cylinder walls over my years caused by the old oil system.

  14. Mike

    I think it looks cool, wish it was closer!!!!

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