Tin Woody: 1953 Chevrolet Townsman Station Wagon – $25,000

Jul 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Not only was 1953 the first year Chevrolet used the “Corvette” brand name, the GM Division also introduced the “Townsman” as a four-door station wagon based on its 210 lineup such as this mildly customized example first listed last week here on Craigslist in Flushing, Queens (New York) with an asking price of $25,000.   Checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has his Townsman priced between the current #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $30,100 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $18,400.  If you are serious about buying this Chevy Wagon, you can start the conversation by texting Edgar at (617) 827-6390 and when you do please remember to mention you saw his mid-century vintage wagon featured here on GuysWithRides.com.

Chevrolet first used the Townsman name in 1953 as the mid-level four door station wagon based on the 210 series that used the GM “A” Body platform.  An eight passenger station wagon, the 1953 Townsman was on of the first cars to feature 3M’s DI-NOC vinyl simulated woodgrain paneling.  While the example here was originally powered by one of two “Stovebolt” inline six cylinder engines Chevy offered that year, this car features a more modern 350 cubic inch small block.

While this vintage Perscope film doesn’t feature any of Chevrolet’s 1953 station wagon models, it does provide a nice overview of the technical features of the car for that model year:

While the limited exterior pictures indicate what we believe to be a nicely restored exterior, with only a one-sentence description and no interior photographs provided, you’ll need to see this station wagon in person as well interview the seller in more depth to understand its history and what it may need.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s brief description:

“1953 Chevrolet Townsman Station Wagon with custom interior, V8 350 engine, dual exhaust pipe, front disc brakes, aluminum radiator, 12V.

Do you have a Chevy Townsman story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!


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