Car: Chevrolet Two-Ten 2 Door Handyman Wagon
What makes it special: Chevrolet’s Two-Ten, or 210, was the midrange model from 1953 to 1957. It took its name by shortening the production series number 2100 by one digit in order to capitalize on the 1950’s trend toward numerical auto names. It replaced the Styleline DeLuxe model available in previous years. The Two-Ten series offered a balance of style and luxury appointments unavailable in the base 150 series, but was less costly than the glitzy Bel Air.
What made it famous: Unlike the 150 series, Two-Tens were always available with the same luxury options as the Bel Air, including the Powerglide automatic transmission, power window lifts and seat adjuster. New for 1957 was the optional 283 cu in small-block V8. There were three versions of this engine with conventional carburetors, as well as a fuel injected option. The Two-Ten shared the wedge-shaped side trim with the Bel Air, but unlike the Bel Air which had the wedge filled with an aluminum trim panel, the Two-Ten’s wedge was painted either body color, or top color with the optional two-tone paint package. “Chevrolet” in script was mounted inside the wedge.
Why I would want one: Wagons have become very sought after by Hot Rod builders as well as those who grew up riding in the family wagon, and want that piece of nostalgia back in their lives. Add “1957 Chevrolet” to that, and well…c’mon already.
Fun fact: The Two-Ten was discontinued after the 1957 model year to be replaced by the Biscayne.