1957 Chevrolet 210 Townsman 4-dr Station Wagon
Designer: Clare Mackichan
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Chassis Number: B57MX3352
Decoded: B=Chevrolet Series 210; 57=1957; MX=Mexico City Assembly; 3352=Serial
Engine: 265 cid OHV V-8 Cylinder Motor
2 Barrel Carburetor /162 bhp
3-Speed Column-Shift Manual Transmission
Four Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
The Model – One of the most iconic automotive designs ever is the 1957 Chevrolet, as American as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. But not all 1957 Chevrolet’s were built in the USA. Chevrolet had an active export operation offering either “built-up” exports or Complete Knock-Down kits. Imagine getting a large wooden crate and inside were all the parts to put together a complete car. Prepared at GM’s Bloomfield, NJ, export center, these “kits” were sent around the world including Mexico City, Mexico. There, local craftsmen painted, trimmed and assembled the cars, after which they received a local serial number that indicated where they were built. By having local labor help build the car as well as sourcing items like paint, soft trim and other materials from the country where they were built, a major savings on import duties were seen which saved the customer a good chunk of change.
The Car –Sporting a restoration one might expect to find on a convertible, this Sierra Gold and Adobe Beige “210” Townsman station wagon has been given the all over treatment. Built at GM’s Mexico City facility, it is powered by the base 265 cid V8 engine, rarely seen for 1957. It’s unique in that it never had a heater installed, but it does have a proper dash-mounted clock. The dash-mounted radio is a period Motorola push-button unit, again, locally sourced as a cost savings to the customer. Using proper soft trim materials, and patterns nothing was overlooked including the expansive headliner. The engine and transmission also received a tune-up during the restoration. This is a very unique opportunity to buy a 1957 Chevrolet that was “Hecho en Mexico”.