Once the second world war came to an end, the US experienced phenomenal economic growth. Chevrolet had gone back to designing cars and was marketing 14 new models in the 1949 Fleetline and Styleline series. The following year, it set a sales record by shifting 1.5 million models (by the end of 1950 Chevy was supplying 42.4 per cent of all low-priced American cars) and one of the best you could buy that year was the beautiful Deluxe Styleline Convertible.
This was also the first year of the Powerglide two-speed automatic gearbox which operated through only a single speed unless you selected “Low” range manually. It worked a bit like a modern day CVT; its torque converter’s variable ratios could meet all driving needs and with the transmission mated to a 105 horsepower 235 cubic inch six-cylinder with hydraulic lifters and a higher-lift cam, it didn’t just prove to be a potent drivetrain, but also a very smooth and quiet one too. Gone was the tappet clatter that had plagued earlier models and Chevy buyers, who also had the option of a three-speed manual, were delighted with the improvement.
It retained the “envelope” body which had been introduced the year before (the front fenders were incorporated into the body while the rear panels were separate) and the grille lost a few vertical elements but taller bumper guards gave the revised Chevy better front protection. It also got plenty of chrome trim, “DeLuxe” script nameplates and the interior could be had in either vinyl or leather. Either way, it looked a lot fancier.
They cost Dh5,000 back in 1950 but today, they can fetch up to Dh110,000.