This 1950 Chevrolet Stylemaster coupe fits comfortably between restored and resto-mod, keeping the spirit of the original intact and adding a few modern convenience items to make it easy to drive, not to mention a thundering 454 cubic inch big block under the hood. The result is a handsome and very road-worthy car with a unique look, all at a very affordable price.
There were big things on the horizon for Chevrolet, but in 1950, conservative styling was still leading the way. Chrome was popular throughout the industry, including Chevrolet, and cars like this low-key coupe were among the most handsome cars of the year. Finished in bright red, it isn't totally stock, but if anything, the color accentuates the handsome shape and wonderful contours of the Stylemaster coupe. The bodywork is in very good condition and the way it fits together strongly suggests that this has always been a solid, clean car that never needed major surgery. It has not been shaved or modified, and they instead focused on getting everything nice and flat before the paint went on, and it has a very useful look today. It isn't perfect, but you might even be able to call this a sleeper despite the bright red finish. There's still plenty of chrome on it, all of it in good order, and the two-piece wrap-around windshield is a fantastic styling statement that was a very big deal back in the day. It's conservative, yes, but it certainly isn't boring!
With leather bucket seats out of a late-model , the interior has a modern vibe to it and offers room for five with a back seat that's been upholstered to match. Custom door panels with a bit of stainless trim look dashing, while the original dash stretches across the front of the passenger compartment. Original gauges are gone, replaced with cool Haneline dials specifically designed for this application so they look almost OEM. It's great to see that they didn't cut up the original dash to add the A/C system, which instead hangs underneath, and a tilt steering column makes it very easy to settle in behind the wheel. The driver's seat shows some very minor signs of use, but the rest of the interior seems quite fresh, including the dark carpets which provide great contrast and tie the whole car together quite nicely. Open that sloping deck lid and you'll find a fairly sizable trunk, also fully upholstered with black carpets and ready for your next road trip.
Originally equipped with a smooth little inline-6, this Chevy gets with the program complements of a burly 454 cubic inch V8. Finished in bright Chevy Orange, it looks right at home here and runs superbly and it's easy to see where most of the money was spent. It features a QuickFuel 4-barrel carburetor, a mild cam, HEI ignition system, and plenty of shiny stuff to make it look its best. Power disc brakes and power steering were all added during the build so it's amazingly easy to drive. However, none of that dilutes the car's honest character and vintage driving dynamic. The original PowerGlide 2-speed automatic was dumped in favor of a TH400 3-speed automatic so it's notably quicker in traffic, and the factory suspension rides beautifully. The underside is impressively clean and tidy, and with a fresh dual exhaust system and Flowmaster mufflers, well, there won't be any sneaking around. Corvette Rally wheels are a low-key way to make a statement and they're wrapped in fresh 205/70/14 front and 225/70/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A radials.
Not stock, but not over-done, this is a cleverly updated vintage Chevy that looks good and can be driven anywhere with confidence. Call today!