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Fastback Friday: 1950’s Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe


So the other day this olelongrooffan was out and about just seeing what could be seen. It was on this excursion that I spotted this early 50’s era Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe and knew, at that moment, this fastback would be shared with my fellow Hoons on a Friday in the very near future. Click on through to see a couple more images of this vintage ride.


General Motors offered this body style, their first post World War II redesign from 1949 to 1952. All of the fastback models were referred to as “Fleetline” with the non fastback model carrying the “Styleline” moniker. All of the Fleetlines came equipped with the cool outside sun visor above the windshield.


There is little doubt that this qualifies as a fastback. 1952 was the last year for any full size fastbacks from Chevrolet for quite a number of years. The body itself stayed basically the same this entire model run with the changes from year to year showing through the bright bits here and there. Try as this olelongrooffan might, I was unable to pinpoint the exact year of this one. None of the ones I spotted on google images had the trim piece on the rear spats this one possessed.


This example was definitely not some trailer queen. More likely a trailer puller as based on that through the bumper trailer hitch.


But it was just as pretty out front as that fastback was around back.


And this olelongrooffan just had to add another view, this time a close up one, of that through the bumper hitch out back. Precision metal cutting there.

And on its nose was this lighted hood ornament, much like the Chief one that adorns its kissing cousin, the similar era Pontiac Chieftain. A sweet siting this olelongrooffan had that day. I hope my fellow Hoons enjoyed it as much as I did.

Images Copyright Redusernab 2014/longrooffan

  • Felis_Concolor

    Patina be damned, I'd definitely try to find one of the few remaining hard chroming shops in the country and refinish that bumper after smoothing out the cut area a bit. That's a nice bit of work there.

    And get some of the quality widely diffused LED lamps for the front, rear and hood ornament; having already heard the "but officer, I couldn't see his tiny tail lights" argument after my Haflinger was hit, I don't want that sort of bull argument used against anyone else.

    And thanks for giving me another reason to walk to the shop's front and look at my own car in the afternoon light; minus the metallic bits, I'm sporting the same sort of brown finish on my main ride.

  • That appears to be either a '49 with a '50 grille and bumpers, or perhaps a '50 with a '49 trunk lid. Either way, there looks to have been some mixing and matching of parts.

  • Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me.

  • stigshift

    Those fender skirt trims are off of a '37 Buick I believe. Here's a picture, which I still haven't figured how to post… …

  • lil-red

    mdharrell is correct and the tailights are 50 also. I have almost the same thing
    waiting patiently in the back room of my garage for some attention someday.
    Mine is 50 with a 49 grill, visor and skirts, 74K actual miles.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Sort of like my mom"s first car, which likely was not a Deluxe. Maybe the first car I ever rode in. Immense and black and all trunk. Very beetley, but not at all like a Beetle.

  • Bud Rue

    Needs a blown big block Chevy with the scoop poking through the hood and side dumps behind the front fenders. Almost badaas looking as my buddy's '49 Merc. Yeowzah !

  • Ramblin Rose

    The pictures are squashed flat, and are unviewable by me.

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