Member’s Feature
Wayne & Sharon Conrod, Member #18
1955 Chevrolet 210 sedan
Nicholasville, Kentucky

Story & photos by Gary Porter
The Two-Ten series first appeared in the Chevrolet line up in 1953. It was actually the Two-Ten Deluxe. It was the middle of the line series, better appointed than the utilitarian One-Fifty models, but not quite as flashy (i.e., less chrome trim) than the top of the line Bel Airs. This continued through the 1954 model year. In 1955 the “Deluxe” was dropped. The Two-Ten series was Chevy’s best seller in 1955 with 805,309 units built. The four door sedan was the most popular model in the Two-Ten line up with 317,724 vehicles produced. However, today you rarely see one.

Wayne and Sharon Conrod own this Neptune Green and India Ivory Two-Ten sedan. It was originally built at Chevrolet’s Baltimore plant. Former club member Milton Hubley found it in North Carolina in original, rust free, unrestored condition. When the ‘55 arrived in Nova Scotia, Wayne heard of the car and went to see it. Although it was in need of paint, the pristine condition of the car was evident. Wayne was quick to make up his mind and soon the car was off for a fresh coat of paint.

Wayne and Sharon have had this ‘55 some 18 years and have continually improved the car during that time adding some 30 accessories such as accelerator pedal cover, arm rests, autotronic eye, body sill moldings, cigarette lighter, compass, door handle shields, electric clock, exhaust extension, fender antenna, fender guards, gasoline filler guard, grille guard, front fender gravel shields, heater and defroster, inside visors, locking gas cap, nylon seat covers, oil filter and element, outside rearview mirrors, outside visor, push button radio, rear seat speaker, safety light with mirrors (spot lights), tissue dispenser, traffic light viewer, vanity visor, vent shades, wheel trim rings and wiring junction block.

Although not a Chevrolet option or accessory Wayne and Sharon’s ‘55 also has fender skirts, complete with stone shields. Under the hood is the original 235 cubic inch, 123 horsepower six cylinder engine. Wayne swapped the original three speed transmission for one with overdrive for improved highway use.

Wayne and Sharon moved from Dartmouth to Kentucky about 17 years ago driving the ‘55 to its new home. They drove it back this past September to attend our Fall Outing. The odometer registered almost 99,000 miles at that point, which on the return trip to Kentucky would have returned to 00000.0.

In anticipation of their trip to Nova Scotia, Wayne replaced ball joints, tie rod ends, etc., added front disc brakes and installed four new Michelin tires, making for a safe trouble-free trip. Future plans for the ‘55 may be a set of rear disc
brakes and a refurbished interior.

Wayne and Sharon have been members of the Classic Chevy Club of Nova Scotia since March 1981 making them the fourth longest continuous active members. Wayne was also the first elected treasurer of the club.

When they lived in Dartmouth, they were regulars at club functions and car shows around the area. They have also had their share of Classic Chevys since being in the club, including a ‘56 hardtop, three ‘57 convertibles, a ‘57 hardtop, a ‘57 half ton, a ‘57 Cameo, a ‘58 Impala hardtop and convertible, a ‘52 hardtop, a ‘62 Corvette and a ‘63 split window Corvette.

I was speaking with Wayne and Sharon last December and Wayne advised that they had a trouble free trip home logging a total of 3,400 miles. The ‘55 turned 100,000 in West Virginia and now shows just 300 miles on the odometer.

Like most car guys, Wayne is always looking to improve his car. The overdrive transmission had a slight tick in first gear. Since returning home, Wayne has found another overdrive transmission which he has now installed in the ‘55 and the noise is now history. He has also added a set of ‘55 full wheel covers to replace the hub caps and trim rings.