Bismarck, North Dakota.
This weekend it’s Apple Fest at Buckstop Junction (a future post will fill you in on the details of that celebration.) On display in the vintage historical society’s village was a beautiful 1958 Chevrolet. Being somewhat of a classic car nut, I wandered over to it and was struck by the model nameplate, Delray. I’m familiar with the entry level 150 model, the mid-level Biscayne, and the venerable Bel Air popular in the mid-1950s. I’d never heard of the Delray. This beautiful example gave me the impression of a higher end Chevrolet and appears to even have the air conditioning option, either dealer or factory installed.
I was to learn in research for this post that prior to 1958, the Delray was a trim level in the 210 model series. In 1958, Chevrolet dropped the 150 model and replaced it with the Delray. This beauty would become a one-year wonder disappearing from the 1959 lineup altogether. Living in the shadow of the classic 1955-57 design series, though the models sold well in what became a depression year for the automotive market, the entire line was redesigned for 1959 and the Delray dropped from the lineup.
About the photo: This beauty was captured with my Samsung S7 cellphone using the camera’s automatic exposure. Who has time to fiddle with settings on a cell phone camera? >grin< In most browsers you can click on the image to enlarge it for a better look. The rule for Cellpic Sunday is simple, the image must be captured on a mobile device.