Restored: 1956 Chevrolet 210 Townsman Wagon – Sold?

by | Apr 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

May 11, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

While we’ve featured our share of V8-powered “Tri-Five” Chevrolets in both restored and customized form, it;’s refreshing to spot a base-level 210 Townsman wagon that still features its Blue Flame six power plant connected to a three-speed manual transmission. A prime example is this all-green ’56 Townman originally listed in April 2021 on Craigslist in Hanover, Massachusetts (Boston) that appears to be a finely restored example offered at $29,900 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their 210 priced between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $22,000 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $36,500.  Similarly, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the private seller has their Townsman priced between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $22,775 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $35,350 before applying a twenty deduction for the less desirable Blue Flame six and three-on-the-tree powertrain.

Chevrolet first used the Townsman in 1953 on the 210 series four-door station wagon based on the GM’s “A” platform. For 1954, the name was shifted to the luxury Bel Air series station wagon, which featured DI-NOC woodgrain paneling. In both years, all Townsmen were eight-passenger models. In 1955 and 1956, the Townsman was once again a 210, but in 1957 it was available as both a 210 and a Bel-Air. All 1955–1957 Townsmen were six-passenger models. A 235.5- cubic inch inline six-cylinder engine was standard power in all five years.

The Stars & Stripes YouTube Channel has this vintage 1956 Chevrolet Station Wagon overview video posted:

We love the color combination as well as the meticulous attention to detail this 210 received both during and since its restoration. While some buyers may pause at the base level inline-six and three-speed manual power train, we love the fact the restorer stayed true to this car’s originality as this is exactly how the vast majority of Chevy wagons came equipped.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Beautiful 1956 210 Wagon. Fully restored nut and bolt restoration completed in 2007 and has been meticulously maintained since. Always garaged. It features the original bullet proof 235CID Blue Flame Inline 6 engine coupled with a 3-on-the-tree 3-speed manual transmission. Rear-axle ratio of 3.70:1. All Drum brakes around but upgraded with dual master cylinder and brake booster. Other features include factory correct tissue dispenser, fender birds, fender skirts, front visor, dual factory spotlights, vanity mirror, stone shields, rocker mouldings, full wheel covers, radio, heater and a traffic view finder. Interior of the car is in excellent condtion and as new throughout. All the panels on the car line up beautifully and all the trim, badging and bumpers are n excellent condition. Headliner is new, was installed properly but not yet steamed to tighten up. A professional upholstery shop should be able to complete. The Sherwood Green Poly paint is in excellent condition and the car looks, runs and drives 100%. The car was originally purchased in 1956 from Goodwin Chevrolet in Brunswick, Maine. Car is stored and registered in Maine and sells with a Bill of Sale. $29,900 OBO. Call Jeff for more information or to schedule an appointment to view this wonderful Chevy Wagon. Thanks for Looking.

Show or go: what would you do with this restored Tri-Five 210 Townsman?  Comment below and let us know!


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