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1953 Chevrolet 150
The new ’53 Chevrolets promised NEW features and Improvements everywhere. Touted as one of the greatest advancements ever presented by Chevrolet, the new ’53 boasted to be stronger and the mightiest most powerful yet built with the new Fisher Unisteel construction, high-compression engine, and rear axle. Other impressive features such as key-turn starting, added shoulder level width (both front and rear), New Foot-Form brake pedal, and a One piece curved windshield just to list a few. The all new 150, 210 and Bel Air series were greeted with much enthusiasm and deemed the "Hot Ones”.
1953 Chevrolet 150 Production Numbers
|Model Number||Body/Style Number||Body Type & Seating||Factory Price||Shipping Weight||Total Production|
|Special 150 Series|
|1503||1269||4 dr Sedan - 6P||$1,670||3,215 lbs||54,207|
|1502||1211||2 dr Sedan - 6P||$1,613||3,180 lbs||79,416|
|1524||1227||2 dr Club Coupe - 6P||$1,620||3,140 lbs||6,993|
|1504||1227B||2 dr Business Coupe - 3P||$1,524||3,140 lbs||13,555|
|1509||1262F||4 dr Station Wagon - 6P||$2,010||3,420 lbs||22,408|
|Model||Wheelbase||Overall Length||Width||Front Tread||Rear Tread||Tires|
|150||115 in||195.5 in||-||56.69 in||58.75 in||6.70 x 15|
Serial Numbers were stamped on a plate on the left front door hinge pillar (center pillar on Corvair and on the driver-side door post on Corvette). The Fisher Body number plate on the right-hand side of the cowl gives additional information such as the body style number, the production sequence number, the trim (upholstery) number code and the paint number code.
- 1978 250ci I6
- TH350 automatic transmission with floor shifter
- Rebuilt rear end with 3:55 gears
- Front power disc brakes and rear drums
- Manual steering
- 12v conversion
- Electric windshield wiper motor installed
- JVC stereo
- White soft top
- Custom fabrication
- Flat trunk floor, continental kit, rear quarter panels customized, different hood skin used, dodge front bumper, Cadillac headlight rings, shaved door handles and emblems, roof drip rails shaved, rear window modified, dummy spotlights, peep mirrors, custom rear bumper.
- Door and trunk poppers
- Custom pin stripping
- 1955 Chevy steering wheel
- Finished in Electric Blue
- Finishing chrome rear side skirts included with sale
- Restoration photos and documentation included with sale
When initially looking at this 1953 Chevy 150, it almost appears factory but it is far from it! This car comes from a 1 family garage with many memories made in it over the years. In the late 1990s, it was completely torn down to bare metal and custom fabricated by Dave Bovill of Omaha, Nebraska. The fit and finish of the custom work is outstanding and you wouldn't even know it was custom unless you are very familiar with 1953 Chevrolets. The flared fenders, rear quarter panels, soft top and custom front and rear bumpers with the continental kit are the most obvious changes. You can tell this body was carefully crafted by an artist as it is extremely straight and all door gaps line up nicely. The soft top and custom pin stripping set this Chevy apart from the rest in a unique way. The interior is done nicely with new seat upholstery and carpet. The dash finish is great and matches the Electric blue body paint perfectly. Factory speedometer and gauges with an added VDO coolant temp gauge. Not only do you get door popper controls on the key remote, but also underneath the gas cap are three buttons, one for each door and one for the trunk. The I6 and TH350 combo is buttery smooth when cruising around town and is a very reliable setup. Overall this 1953 Chevrolet is a beautiful, well done custom build that will turn heads and start conversations anywhere you take it.
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1953 Chevrolet (USA) Series 150 2-Door Sedan
all versions specifications and performance data
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Chevrolet 150 1953
1955 Chevrolet One-Fifty 4-Door Sedan
|Manufacturer||Chevrolet (General Motors)|
|Assembly||Oakland Assembly, Oakland, California|
North Tarrytown Assembly, Tarrytown, New York
Flint Assembly, Flint, Michigan
Norwood Assembly, Norwood, Ohio
St. Louis Assembly, St. Louis, Missouri
Arlington Assembly, Arlington, Texas
Oshawa Assembly, Oshawa, OntarioCanada
The Chevrolet One-Fifty (or 150) was the economy/fleet model of the Chevrolet car from 1953 to 1957. It took its name by shortening the production series number (1500) by one digit in order to capitalize on the numerical auto name trend of the 1950s. The numerical designation "150" was also sporadically used in company literature. It replaced the Styleline Special model available in previous years. This model was dropped following the 1957 model year and replaced by the Delray.
The One-Fifty was mainly conceived as a fleet model and little effort was spent marketing it to the average car buyer of the day, although sales weren't limited to fleets. It was most popular with police, state governments, small businesses, economy-minded consumers and hot rodders. Chevrolet sold substantially fewer One-Fifties than Two-Tens or the Chevrolet Bel Air in every year of its life.
True to Chevrolet's vision, the 150 was no-frills basic transportation. It had limited options, stark trim, solid colors, plain heavy duty upholstery and rubberized flooring. Small things like ashtrays, cigarette lighters and even mirrors were extra cost options. Compared to the mid-level Two-Ten or premium Bel Air models, the One-Fifty was stark and bland.
Body style choices were also limited to sedans, Handyman wagons (four-door in 1953–1954, two-door in 1955–1957) and (until 1955) the club coupe. The only body styles specific to the One-Fifty were decidedly fleet oriented — the sedan delivery (a 2-door wagon without rear windows and the rear seat removed) and the business sedan — a 2-door sedan with immobile rear windows and back seat removed. Powertrain choices were limited to manual transmissions and low output engines until 1954. In 1957, a full race-ready version was also available, commonly known as the "Black Widow" for its black-and-white paint color. It was equipped with 4-wheel heavy-duty brakes, 6-lug wheels and dual shock absorbers.
First generation (1953–1954)
This was the first year for both the One-Fifty and Two-Ten. The two model years were essentially the same, except that the business coupe (short roof) became the Utility Sedan (with a 2-door sedan body) for 1954. The 150 came only with the base engine in 1953. The 150 came with a horn button, rather than the 210 and upscale Bel Air's horn ring.
Three engines were used in the 1953–1954 model years, although not all were available at the same time. All One-Fifties in 1953 used a 3-speed Synchromesh manual transmission. Starting in 1954, Powerglide automatic transmission was available on this series.
- 235 in3 "Thrift-master" I6 rated at 93 hp (69 kW)(1953 sedan delivery only)
- 235 in3 "Thrift-King" I6 rated at 108 hp (81 kW). (1953 standard equipment)
- 235 in3 "Blue Flame" I6 rated at 115 hp (86 kW). (1954 standard equipment)
- 235.5 in3 "Blue Flame" I6 7.5:1 CR 125 hp (93 kW) (1954 optional equipment)
Second generation (1955–1957)
The 1955 model year marked the introduction of a new chassis, all new streamlined single bow bodywork, and the debut of Chevrolet's Small Block V8. The One-Fifty buyer was free to choose any powertrain option available. The business sedan was renamed the utility sedan this year. Unlike the 210 and the Bel Air, the 150 did not have any of the stainless steel trim.
- 235 in3 "Blue Flame" I6 rated at 123 hp (92 kW) (manual transmission)
- 235 in3 "Blue Flame I6 rated at 136 hp (101 kW) (automatic transmission)
- 265 in3 "Turbo-Fire" OHV V8 rated at 162 hp (121 kW) or 180 hp (134 kW) (optional)
- 3-speed Synchromesh manual
- 3-speed Synchromesh manual with overdrive unit
- 2-speed Powerglide automatic.
Engine choices remained the same, except for higher power ratings. The 265 in3 V8 was available in three different versions. The I6 had a new unified build regardless of transmission type.
- 235 in3 "Blue Flame" I6 rated at 140 hp (104 kW).
- 265 in3 "Turbo-Fire" OHV V8 rated at 170 hp (127 kW).
- 265 in3 "Turbo-Fire" OHV V8 with quad barrel carburetor rated at 210 hp (157 kW)
- 265 in3 "Turbo-Fire" OHV V8 with dual-quad barrel carburetors rated at 225 hp (168 kW)
- 3-speed Synchromesh manual
- 3-speed Synchromesh manual with overdrive unit
- 2-speed Powerglide automatic
New for 1957 was the 283 in3 small-block V8. The fuel-injected version was theoretically also available to the 150 buyer. The 1957 150 had side trim similar to the 1955's Bel Air trim. 56,266 '57 Chevy 150 four-door sedans were made, compared to the approximately 75,000 2-door versions.
- 235 in3 "Blue Flame" I6 rated at 140 hp (104 kW).
- 265 in3 "Turbo-Fire" OHV V8 rated at 162 hp (121 kW).
- 283 in3 "Super Turbo-Fire" OHV V8 rated at 185 hp (138 kW).
- 283 in3 "Super Turbo-Fire" OHV V8 with 4-barrel carburetor rated at 220 hp (164 kW)
- 283 in3 "Super Turbo-Fire" OHV V8 with dual 4-barrel carburetors rated at 270 hp (201 kW)
- 283 in3 "Super Turbo-Fire" OHV V8 with Rochester Ram-Jet fuel injection rated at 283 hp (211 kW)
- ^the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide (2007-07-17). "HowStuffWorks "1953 Chevrolet 150 Special and 210 Deluxe"". Auto.howstuffworks.com. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
- ^Flory, Jr., J. "Kelly" (2008). American Cars, 1946-1959 Every Model Every Year. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN .
- ^ abcdFlory, Jr., J. "Kelly" (2008). American Cars, 1946–1959 Every Model Every Year. McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN .
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