You may be wondering where to get my ideas for my articles. It could be a car I saw at a car show, a car off the road, a story someone told me about, a car I saw in the last issue of Hemmings Daily ̵
I recently drove through Collinsville when I soon discovered the familiar smell of BBQ coming from a fraternal organization, the Collinsville-Maryville Evening Lions Club Smoker. When I drove into the parking lot of Camelot Bowl, entered my OCR. But this time it was not your typical car. It was a golf cart, reminiscent of a 50s Chevrolet.
Let me narrow that down a bit for you. Chevy circles have what's known as Tri-Five Chevies. They are three consecutive years of very similar design, both chassis and body. Although the workhorses, grills, sweep-spears, taillights and the like were significantly different for each year, the frame, powertrain and body panels were very similar, and in the case of basic body panels and panels almost identical. The doors, fenders and greenhouse were virtually identical, as can be seen at first glance, but each year, as previously mentioned, has clearly individualized features.
Three Chevrolet models, the Tri-Fives, were very popular in their day and have remained there over the years. There is a local Tri-Five Chevy Car Club, one of many in the US, founded in honor of the Chevrolets & # 39; 56 and & # 39; 57, whose owners and fans.
The #55 and 5656 are the most similar. Of this popular trio, the # 39; 57 is the most distinctive with pronounced tail fins, strong sweep spear styling and twin, chrome rocket ship hood ornaments, and became the icon of 1950s automobiles that appear on t-shirts, mugs, and plates , Jackets, etc. This makes the 55 and 56 more attractive for many collectors, as these years are rare today.
In terms of total model year production for the 55, 56, and 57 Chevys, the numbers were 1,775,952; 1,574,740 and 1,515,177, respectively. The 1955 model had a sales advantage for two reasons. It was the first year of a completely new style that included the new, lower, longer, and broader looks. Second, 1955 was a crucial year for American cars due to a strong economy.
Convenience options on the Tri-Five were pretty much what one would expect from GM's bread and butter brands in the mid-fifties – exciting things like handkerchief dispensers and chrome exhaust tips.
The only sound system was an am-only radio, available with manual, push-button or signal-seeking tuning.
Chevrolet made 41,268 Bel Air convertibles for 1956 with a base price of $ 2,344. By 2018, that would be about $ 21,777. But you could pick up a model like this one from Golf Cart Wizard of Lake Panasoffkee, Florida for just $ 1,195 plus $ 275 shipping (body kit). Or, if you're lucky, the Collinsville-Maryville evening Lions Club sells lots through the summer.
Rollin 'with the FINNMANN: I plan to have one on a Friday, between June 15th and July 13th – details follow. It will more than likely be a local tour with stops at a vintage car dealership, a restoration shop, lunch at Miss Sheris (South) and maybe a stopover or two on the way.
Who of you who prepaid for the next Levi Tour can apply for payment for this tour, or you can leave your money on hold and be honored for Levi II or another tour, as soon as details are available.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Enjoy the largest and best automobile exchange meeting of the year hosted by the St. Louis Model T Club. The event will be held on Sunday, May 6 at the Gateway Motorsports Park at 700 Raceway Blvd., Madison, Illinois.
Watch the FIN MAN lead the Flower Parade in Florissant, Missouri on Sunday, May 6th. See you the black Camaro with Parade Marshall Father Time.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, we will be on the Fast Lane vintage car in St. Charles, Missouri, for the gigantic Cobblestone Nationals Car Show
Meanwhile, Keep on Cruisin & # 39;