You may wonder where I get my ideas for my articles. It could be a car that I saw in a car show, a car sitting off the road, a story that someone spoke to me about, a car I saw in the latest edition of Hemmings Daily, and the list goes on. The subject car of this week came to me as a result of smoke, tasty barbecue smoke!
I was crossing Collinsville the other day when I soon detected the familiar smell of barbecue coming from a fraternal organization, Collinsville-Maryville Evening Lions Club smoker. When I entered the Camelot Bowl parking lot, my OCR went into action. However, this time it was not your typical car. It was a golf cart that bore a striking resemblance to a 1950s Chevrolet.
Let me reduce it a bit for you. There is what is known, in Chevy circles, as Tri-Five Chevies. They are three consecutive years of very similar design, both in chassis and body. Although the bright work, the grills, the sweeping lances, the taillights and so on, were clearly different for each year, the frame, the powertrain and the parts of the body were very similar, and in the case of basic parts and panels of the body, almost identical. The doors, fenders and greenhouse were virtually identical, as can be easily seen with the naked eye, but each year has a distinctive individual finish like the previous one.
Three Chevrolet models, the Tri-Fives, were all very popular at the time and have remained that way, through the years. There is a local Tri-Five Chevy car club, one of many in the US. UU Formed in honor of the Chevrolet & # 39; 55, & # 39; 56 & & 39; 57, its owners and fans.
The & # 39; 55 and & # 39; 56 are the most similar. Of this popular trio, the & # 39; 57 is the most distinctive with fins pronounced on the tail, strong style of spear and cufflinks, chrome twin hood ornaments, and it became the icon of 1950s cars that appear on T-shirts, mugs, plates, jackets, etc. This makes the & # 39; 55 and & # 39; 56 more attractive to many collectors since those years are rare today.
In terms of total model year production for the Chevro & # 39; 55, & # 39; 56 & & # 39; 57, 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 totally new style that included the new look, shorter, longer and wider. Second, 1955 was an outstanding year for American cars due to a strong economy.
The convenience options for the Tri-Fives were more or less what you would expect from GM's bread and butter brand in the mid-1950s: exciting things like tissue dispensers and chrome exhaust tips.
The only sound system was a solo-mi radio available with manual adjustment, pushbutton or signal search.
Chevrolet made 41,268 Bel Air convertibles for 1956 with a factory base price of $ 2,344. In 2018, that would be approximately $ 21,777. But you could choose a model like the one shown here in Golf Cart Wizard of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla. For only $ 1,195 plus $ 275 shipping (body kit). Or, if you feel lucky, the Collinsville-Maryville Evening Lions Club is selling raffle tickets during the summer.
Rollin & # 39; With The FIN MAN: I am planning to have one on a Friday, between June 15 and July 13 – details to follow. It's more than likely a local tour with stops at a classic car dealership, a restoration shop, lunch at Miss Sheri's (South) and possibly another stop or two on the way.
Those of you who pre-paid for the upcoming Levi tour can apply their payment to this tour or they can leave their funds on hold and they will be honored by Levi II or any other tour when the details are available.
UPCOMING EVENTS: Enjoy the best and largest auto exchange competition of the year, organized by the St. Louis Model T Club. The event will take place at Gateway Motorsports Park at 700 Raceway Blvd., Madison, Illinois on Sunday, May 6.
Watch The FIN MAN leading the Valley of Flowers Parade in Florissant, Missouri on Sunday, May 6. Find us driving the black Camaro with Parade Marshall Father Time.
At Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, we will be at Fast Lane Classic Cars in St. Charles, Missouri, for the gigantic Cobblestone Nationals Car Show.
Meanwhile, Follow Cruisin & # 39;