CHASSIS NO: A58A182632
• The only year the Delray was a separate model for Chevrolet
• Lovely full-body red paint finish
• A rare manual transmission model
• Offenhauser heads and triple carbs under the hood
348 cid V-8 engine, 250 HP, three-speed manual transmission, rear control arm and coil spring suspension, front independent coil spring suspension, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 115Ē
The Chevrolet Delray, named after Delray Beach, Florida, debuted in 1954 as an optional trim level on two-door models of Chevrolet's mid-range 210 series of popular sedans. In 1958, it became a distinct series of its own in Chevy's lineup, replacing the Model 150, and Chevy also added a four-door sedan and sedan delivery. The Delray remained in production for the 1958 model year only, making it a rare addition to any Ď50s car collection.
This Delray is clean and simple in bright red with very nice custom paint finishes and very good original chrome bumpers and trim. The bodywork looks great, with proper trim gaps and no apparent rust or damage. The dual headlamp front end is noticeably lower that its ďTri-FiveĒ cousins, with an incredible one-year-only wide mouth design and hooded lamps. The big Ď58 rides on painted steel wheels with the factory hubcaps and modern radial tires. Overall, itís a nice straight car that is quite rare and truly has a unique look.
Inside, the two-tone cloth and vinyl diamond-stitch interior looks brand new, with clean carpets and glass supporting the impression of a very well-cared-for car. Itís a sharp but relatively simple car without a huge amount of trim, but does include an AM/FM cassette stereo mounted in the cool paint and chrome dash. Under the hood, the big V-8 has been dressed up and enhanced with Offenhauser heads and a triple-carb set up, just like the Corvettes of the era. Itís a roomy and exciting car to drive, and one of the major reasons for Chevroletís sales success in 1958.
Available in both a two-door sedan and a wagon, the Delray helped Chevrolet win the 1958 automobile sales race over Ford, and itís classic but simple design appealed to many fleet buyers and police departments. If a full-size Ď50s Chevy is on your wanted list, hereís a great opportunity to buy a one of the most unique Chevrolet models of the era.