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Avid Guys With Rides readers know we have a penchant for the lowest trim level, six cylinder, three-on-tree collector vehicles, so this example immediately caught our eye when we saw it posted this past weekend here on Craigslist in Norwell, Massachusetts is this older restoration of a base 1955 Chevrolet Townsman four door station wagon the current caretaker is currently asking $17,000 for. The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool indicates that a (-20%) discount applies to six cylinder powered versions of these wagons. Factoring that in, the private seller has his Townsman $300 above the adjusted #2 “Excellent” estimate of $16,720.
Chevrolet introduced the completely redesigned second generation Bel Air for 1955, calling it “The Hot One” in their advertising that year. With its crisp, clean styling these “Tri-Five” Chevys became iconic symbols of the 1950s. The 210 Townsman featured here was Chevy’s mid-level trim package during that time. All Townsmans during this generation were six passenger station wagons equipped with a 235.5 cubic inch inline six cylinder as standard equipment.
The private seller reports their Townsman features an older restoration with nice subtle and recent upgrades such as power front disc brakes hidden by new “smoothie” style wheels and a complete new performance suspension. The seller indicates the interior is mostly original and we love that this no frills Townsman still has its radio delete plate in place on the dashboard. In addition to a fresh set of tires and a new exhaust system, the current caretaker proudly states, “everything works as it should, down to the new clock. A dependable classic.” This is a great example of an affordable classic you’ll be the envy of at all of your kids’ games while you give your over-optioned and over-sized SUV a break in your driveway. Good luck with the purchase!
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