Chevrolet’s “Stovebolt Six” – Automotive History
by: Pat Munro
The story of the Stovebolt Six is a classic story in the history of American motor cars. The Stovebolt goes back to the incarnation of the General Motors Company. It was developed by William Durant, whom some would say the company would have never existed without. He created General Motors by combining Buick, Oldsmobile and Cadillac during a fledgling time in the automotive industry back in the early 1900’s. Ford was still top of the game, but consumers wanted something faster than the rickety Ford Model ‘T’.
The success of this brought Durant back to General Motors who acquired Chevrolet as part of its line up. Once again though, Durant was ousted from the company during the recession of 1920. Knudsen, a former Ford employee, was brought in to take the Chevrolet to the top of its class. Even surpassing Ford sales, Chevrolet was the reason the Ford Motor company developed newer designs and motor specs remaking the Model T to the Model A .
By 1953 design and style were all the rage for new car buyers. Chevrolet had 3 distinct cars to choose from, the Special 150s, the Deluxe 210, and the Bel Air. The base model 150 had no side trim and minimal interior components but the body styles were flattering to each segment of the population. The styles included a coupe, a club coupe, 2 and 4 door sedans and a four door station wagon. The most popular design for the 1953 Chevrolet was the Deluxe 210. It had more bells and whistles including stainless steel body-side panels, and stone guard panels on the rear. It was also the series which sported the first Bel-Air convertible. The 210 series also included automatic headlight dimming, full wheel covers, a “jet-bird” hood ornament, a radio, heater, defroster, turn signals and back up lights. By 1954 new accessories such as power windows, power seats and power brakes were introduced.
For vintage car collectors the Chevrolet 1953-54 series is a great purchase. Helping in the value of the car, are the original factory installed trim and accessories. Fender skirts, windshield shades, and two-tone paint. The Deluxe 210 and Special 150s were both specific in the roof being painted in a contrasting color.
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