For the 1955 model year, General Motors introduced its venerable Small Block V8 engine to the modest Chevrolet 210. The most powerful engine available in the ’55 Chevy 210 was the 265 cubic-inch overhead-valve Small Block V8, which made a rather paltry 162 horsepower. The available Rochester four-barrel carburetor bumped output to 180 horsepower, but either way, the 210 wasn’t winning over very many folks with its speed and performance.
The Chevrolet 210 may have come from the factory with fairly pedestrian engines, but that never stopped custom car builders from dropping all sorts of big, powerful motors in the front of the timeless passenger car. This ’55 Chevy 210, currently for sale at classic car dealer Crown in Tuscon, Arizona, is packing a larger 350 cubic-inch Small Block V8, which is paired with a modern five-speed manual transmission. It may not be a big supercharged Big Block or a modern-day LT4, but we’re sure it feels plenty fast from behind the wheel.
The 350 V8 is far from the only modification made to this classic Chevrolet 210 cruiser. It also rides on a Roadster Shop Stage II chassis with coilover rear suspension, independent front suspension, front and rear disc brakes with 11-inch rotors and Wilwood calipers, a Ford nine-inch rear-end and rack and pinion steering.
Cabin occupants will be greeted by modern-day electronic gauges in their original housings, an aftermarket billet steering wheel with an Iditit tilt steering column, reupholstered seats and, perhaps most importantly, a modern air conditioning system. Shifting duties are handled by a tall Hurst shift lever with a white cue ball shift knob.
Anyone familiar with how much items like an Art Morrison chassis cost will not be surprised to learn that the dealership wants quite a bit of money in exchange for this custom-built Chevrolet 210. At $69,929, one could have a C8 Corvette or Camaro ZL1 for less than this 65-year-old family car. Worth it? Check out the listing at this link for some more information and photos before making a decision.