Nineteen Months Gone: 1955 Chevrolet Townsman Station Wagon – SOLD!

June 8, 2021 Update – We confirmed the seller of this Tri-Five “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “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.

May 13, 2021 Update – When we first featured this entry-level 1955 Townsman on October 30, 2019, we thought the great color combination and older restoration for under $20K would help it sell quickly. The ad lasted only one month and was not renewed, so like so many others, we assumed the expired ad meant this wagon had sold. Imagine our surprise earlier this week when this same Townsman reappeared for $16,000.  Our first check was the license plates and we confirmed they remained the same (i.e. same owner). This nineteen-month pause has us thinking the private seller waited for the Spring of 2020 only to face a Pandemic, so he waited until now to try and sell this Tri-Five Chevy. Most of the pictures are the same ones from nearly two years ago, so you may want to request a fresh set.  Good luck with the purchase!

Avid Guys With Rides readers know we have a penchant for the lowest trim level, six-cylinder, three-on-the-tree collector vehicles, so this example immediately caught our eye when we originally saw it posted in October 2019 and then again in May of 2021 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 $16,000 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 $640 less than the adjusted #2 “Excellent” estimate of $16,640.

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 completely 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 oversized SUV a break in your driveway.  Good luck with the purchase!

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