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#460690 08/14/21 03:32 PM
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Can someone help me identify make and model of the car in this photo?


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would say a 1953 or 1954 due to the one piece windshield. not a Chevrolet, possiibly a Pontiac. One clue is the big chrome thing in the center of the steering wheel. odd that there is no chrome around the windshild, just rubber, but has chrome mouldings around the side wndows.

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I agree with Gene - it's either a '53 or '54 150 Series 2-door sedan. The giveaway is the one-piece windshield, and the very small piece of the rubber stone shield showing in the picture that is mounted on the rear fender. Only the 150 Series had rubber stone shields. Only the two-door sedans had stone shields that extended to almost the trailing edge of the front door. The shields on the 4-door models extended forward on the rear quarters as well, but stopped well short of the trailing edge of the front door. Along with Gene's comment about the steering wheel I'll add that the wheel seems to be lacking the horn ring that the 210 and BelAir series both had. Hope this helps you out.

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What country was this picture taken in?

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Lynn, Mass, USA

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It is not a Chevrolet 150 as it has the stanless mouldings above the windows,


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Wouldn't a Pontiac have a strip/strips down the center line of the hood?
Maybe 1952 or 53 Oldsmobile 98 going by the stone shields on the sides?


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Does this photo add anything? This was my parents' first car when they immigrated to the U.S. In July 1953. They docked in NYC and my dad did his residency in Lynn Mass. Here is an additional photo.

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I think it’s a 53 Chevy from the fender and hubcap.

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Yep, this is getting to be an interesting puzzle. Gene is correct regarding the stainless trim above the windows - that was on the 210 Series. The 210 Series also had a stainless strip on the front fender while the 150 Series had a moulded convex strip stamped into the fender metal and painted body colour. The detail in the second picture provided is not sharp enough to tell if the trim on the front fender is stainless or moulded metal.
The rubber around the windshield appears to have the groove into which the stainless moulding would be placed, like on a 210 Series car. The door is lacking the stainless trim below the window that the 210 Series had.
I'm still sticking to it being a '53 150 Series with 210 Series stainless trim above the windows.

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I'm having trouble seeing if there is trim above the windows, or if it's just light reflection on the shape of the door stamping. Everything else points to a '53 150 with optional seat covers


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In looking at other pictures I see theere is a body line pressed into the area that I am seeing. On a 210 a mouling covers the body line..


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You all are amazing sleuths. I deeply appreciate your thoughts and particularly giving some insight into your analysis and rationale. It is very instructive.

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Sami, if you Google Images "1953 Chev 150 sedan" and "1953 Chev 210 sedan" you'll get lots of pictures that might help you out as well. One thing we all seem to agree on - the car is definitely not a '52 Chev. As Stovblt has pointed out, it is not a Pontiac. It could be a '54 Chev as well - would need a picture of the front end to tell. Knowing the serial number would answer all questions. Hopefully, we've given you the basic info you wished to find.

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It is a 53. 54 Chevy front fenders bulge out at the front like 55 fenders, and the bumper has a curve at each end to match. The 54 signal light housing also wraps around further, and should be visible in the second pic if it were there. 1952 or older would not have the embossed line in the fender leading out to the headlight ring. A Pontiac would have had the silver streak on the hood as previously mentioned, even the Canadian ones that used Chevrolet bodies.

Since it lacks the side chrome, and appears to have a rubber stone shield on the body, in my mind it has to be a 53 150. I can't imagine how it wound up with stainless moldings above the windows.

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I agree with bloo.
I think he is spot on.
But the center of the steering wheel doesn't look right.


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In the second picture posted you can see it's a '53 by the '51-'53 style hubcap as well. I don't think it has stainless above the windows.

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Thank you, everyone! It is great to know this detail about my parents' first car. It creates one more thread to who they were. Just to let everyone know the end of the story, the car met an untimely death. My parents parked it on the beach and went for a long walk near Lynn, Mass. When they returned, the tide had come in. Saltwater was up to the middle of the doors. It was a total loss. Being from the Mediterranean region, they were unfamiliar with the tides of the Atlantic. Hard lesson learned.

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Just for curiousity's sake what was the color combination?


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To answer that question accurately we would have to know the information that was stamped on a plate attached to the firewall of the car. This plate contained the paint code number (for the exterior) and the trim code number (for the interior). If the two colors that show in the first picture in this thread are the original colors, there are several possibilities they could be as there was more than one two-tone combination.

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. It is obviously a GM "A" body. Let's look at some possibilities. It has no chrome on the center of the door which would rule out the 210, Bel Air, Oldsmobile 88 and Pontiac, the only other cars to use the "A" body. Pontiac had a Chrome stripe on the hood and door. Olds had chrome on door. None have chrome over the window. If you look close at photo, the paint is shiny. It's not chrome. It also appears to have a small rear window which was used on the bottom of the line (150) 2-door post 1953 Chevys. The 1954 has full rear window.
. Photo #1 = 53 150 2-door post. Photo #2 = 1954 2-door post. #3 = 1953 Olds 88 2-door post. #4 = 1953 Pontiac 2-door post. Last photo is rear view of 1953 Pontiac 2-door post.
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