The Barn Find. A car that has gone relatively untouched and unnoticed for an extended period of time, only to be discovered and removed from storage. Sounds simple, doesn’t it. We have found just such a find. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, we spotted a project that has a little rust, but still has plenty of potential. Currently on Craigslist, the owner is selling their 1957 Chevy 210 two-door sedan for what some might consider dirt cheap. Is it a lost cause?
There’s rust all over, but the body looks to be straight as an arrow. It’s going to need a lot of fabrication, but we envision the beauty it once was 59 years ago. The natural elements have been hard on this Tri-Five, but a dedicated enthusiast with the right connections can bring this baby back to glory. Besides that, almost all of the parts are available new.
It’s a shame to see a Tri-Five end up like this, but it is in “saveable” condition if someone wants to take on a good project build. The owner is including the front and rear bumpers, which are in good condition, as well as wheels and tires. All new metal will probably be in the recipe to resurrect this porous and chewed body.
It may look like a lost cause due to its condition, and it is missing its engine and transmission, but that simply opens the door for endless possibilities under the hood. One could take the restoration route or go all-out, and drop in a big-block in that spacious engine bay.
The flooring and rocker panels are toast, but all of this can be brought back by a willing enthusiast. No matter the cost, this is a ’57 Chevy we’re looking at; a piece of American history. The Bel Air series of Chevrolets from the Tri-Five era hold a spot in the collector and hot rod scene simply for their appeal, timeless lines, and rarity.
This may not be the project for the average consumer, but a fab shop looking to take on a daunting task should look no further. What are your thoughts of this Tri-Five? Is it worth the time? Feel free to share comments below.