Thursday, September 8, 2016

1957 Chevrolet Two-Ten 4-door Sedan

"You expect something pretty special in the way of driving pleasure the very first time you take charge of a new Chevrolet. Those clean, graceful contours hold a promise of quicksilver responsiveness. And there's something about the low, action-poised profile that tells you Chevy's a honey to handle.

It doesn't take long to find out that this car lives up to all its 'advanced notice' — and then some! Horsepower ranging up to 245* translates your toe-touch into cream-smooth motion. You find that turning a corner is almost as easy as making a wish. And you see how Chevrolet's solid sureness of control makes for safer, happier driving on city streets, superhighways and everything in between."

The right set of wheels and a proper suspension setup make even an ordinary bread-and-butter Chevrolet look pretty special.

The Two-Ten was the sensible choice if you were in the game for a new Chevrolet: it offered most of the bells and whistles of the range-topping Bel Air, save for the dashing rear fender panels, made out of anodized aluminum, and some glossy trim details. Yet, the 1950s were expressive times, and most buyers would rather spend an extra $100 to show their neighbors that they could afford the flashiest of the new Chevrolets.

Or they went to buy the all-new 1957 Ford, instead. While its classic styling makes the 1957 Chevrolet a prized 1950s icon today, at the time most buyers considered the Ford looking more modern and attractive and ergo Chevrolet was outsold by its perennial competitor for the first time since 1935.

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