|Classic Used Oil Generators: 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Convertible|
By Vern Parker
When Baltimore Orioles fans left the stadium in 1951 they only had to walk a couple of blocks to find Frederick Cascio's Sinclair service station. Usually parked beside the station was his brand new 1951 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe convertible.
The service station owner had just purchased the thistle gray convertible at the Anderson Chevrolet dealership in Baltimore. The original window sticker shows accessories that include:
* AM radio..................$84.95.
* Fender guards.............36.50.
* Oil filter......................18.50.
* Chrome wheel rings....11.65.
* Windshield washer.....10.45.
* Hood ornament............8.50.
* 3-mirror package..........4.65.
* Junction block..............3.00.
* Tool kit.........................2.50.
* Gas door guard.............1.85.
$2,258.15 was the price he paid for the car minus the $1,208 that he was allowed on his 1949 Chevrolet trade in. His son Fred, now says that he remembers riding in the back seat of the car.
Upon the death of his parents the question arose as to what to do with the well worn Chevrolet.
The second generation of Cascios stepped up and it was determined that a half brother in Florida was to take the Chevrolet in the summer of 1982.
There the car underwent a cosmetic restoration before he moved, with the car, to Lake Charles, La. While there the car was sent to Texas for a professional, frame off, restoration.
In 1998 the better than new convertible was returned to Louisiana where it earned numerous "Best in Show” awards at various antique car shows.
Sixty-two years after it was first sold as a new car another son became the new owner when the 16.5-foot-long Chevrolet was trucked back to Maryland.
The semi-truck delivering the car could not negotiate the residential streets of Catonsville, Md., so the car was off loaded in a nearby parking lot.
From there Fred, a son of the original owner drove it to his home. On that trip, he says, "I felt mom and dad's presence in the back seat.”
Records show that 20,172 of the 3,380-pound models were manufactured. Under the hood of each one of them was a 216.5-cubic-inch, in-line, six-cylinder valve-in-head engine developing 92 horsepower propelling the car on its 15-inch wheels.
When the car was restored in Texas it was repainted in the original thistle gray with a red leather interior with contrasting gray side panels and red carpeting. The black convertible top has a plastic rear window. The original owner's son says the hydraulically-operated top still operates fine going down but needs a little help going up.
He also recalls his father insisting on a manual three-speed transmission while dismissing the relatively new two-speed automatic Powerglide as junk. Powerglide equipped cars produced slightly more horsepower to compensate for power lost in the transmission.
A single downdraft Rochester carburetor draws fuel from the 16-gallon gasoline tank. A total of 5.5-quarts of oil keep the engine happy and 15 quarts of coolant keep it cool.
Before the third generation of Cascios, Lee, takes possession of the family heirloom, the representative of the second generation, Fred, admits that once while seated in the drivers seat behind the 100 mile per hour speedometer, "I've had it up to 55 miles per hour.”