We’ve seen our fair share of Tri-Five era Chevy wagons, and certainly plenty of wagons, but a gasser wagon is certainly a rare find to come across. The seller of this Tri-Five is also referring to the car as a ‘survivor’ car, but we’ll just chalk that up as another misuse of a hot buzzword to get people like us to look at their ad, and it worked.
Without it being clear what the seller is trying to communicate by calling it a survivor car, it’s not in bad shape - it’s certainly not all original, and not in show quality condition, but it still has potential. It has the makings of a really cool vintage racer, with plenty of events around the United States targeting 1950s and/or the Tri-Five crowd to take it to once it’s had a little work.
The interior is surprisingly all original, if you don’t count the addition of the harness to keep the driver snugly in place during launches. Under the hood is a Small Block Chevy 5.7-liter V8 engine, and backing that is a turbo 400 automatic transmission. The drivetrain feeds into a very stout Ford nine-inch rearend, which is known to handle a serious beating. Other racing treatments include traction bars, an aftermarket tunnel ram intake, and beefy BFG tires that take duty on the rear wheels.
Performance upgrades include a B&M shifter, Edelbrock carburettors, electric fuel pump, and Hooker headers. The seller says the brakes are good, and it drives straight.
Could it be a street car too? Maybe. The seller claims that it was built as a street/strip car, but this 210 doesn’t seem like it has a lot in terms of street manners - not that it seems like it has too much power to behave, but the setup seems very far from being practical for the street, even on short drives.
1931 Studebaker Special Indy Car Touches Off Bidding War
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