Cohort Outtake: 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe – It Saw The USA

Chevrolet 1951 Deluxe

(posted by A. Kwanten)    It may be down at the heel at 64 years old, but this ’51 Chevy Deluxe would surely do Dinah Shore proud. It is apparently still a driver, despite pretty heavy rust in the sills. But the patina of age is almost always more interesting than the perfection of restoration, and this car wears all it’s miles on the outside.

Chevrolet built 380,270 Deluxe sedans in 1951, all of them powered by the old Stovebolt Six. This hardy flathead overhead valve powerplant had debuted in 1929 and would be steadily improved until 1962. In 1963, it was replaced by a new generation of six cylinder engines, which first debuted in the 1962 Chevy II.  In 1951, Chevrolet offered a 216-cubic inch version on cars with manual transmissions and a larger 235-cube version on Powerglide-equipped cars.

The 1951 Chevrolet cars were lightly restyled after what was essentially a carry-over year in 1950. This generation of car had been introduced in late 1948 as 1949 models and would continue – with a heavy restyle in 1953 – until the fall of 1954.