Perhaps I am biased, but I really like this car. I drove a similar example through high school so this 1952 Chevy Deluxe really caught my eye. The seller dragged this one out of a barn in South Dakota where it was still in the hands of the original owner. They had big plans, but have too many projects already. It is located in Wilmette Illinois and is now listed here on eBay with bidding at $1,225.
The current owner purchased the car in order to build their own interpretation of ICON’s Deluxe Derelict. We actually thought of that car too when we first saw photos of this one and have to agree with their plan. If you have not taken a look at that special car, you really should. ICON may be known for their 4x4s, but they seem to be able to work magic on any old iron.
One of the reasons I loved my own Deluxe was the fact that a previous owner had replaced the anemic 216 inline six with a more powerful V8. This is the route we would take here too, but everything is all there so you may just want to get it running again. There doesn’t appear to be any rot so a full restoration may be justified too.
Some may scoff at the shabby exterior, but we think it just adds character. You are going to have to find some way to preserve that patina though so the surface rust doesn’t turn into cancer. We are just happy to see that this one has been saved and may actually see the road again someday soon. Now where did I put that old map of South Dakota…