“Flying” Tri-Five: 1956 Chevrolet 210 Gets Rescued After Spending 30 Years Up on a Sign

When we think of abandoned cars, we often imagine them decaying in junkyards or forgotten in barns. However, not all derelict classics find themselves in such places. Take, for instance, the 1956 Chevrolet 210 featured here—a car that appears as though it was just pulled out of a barn, but in reality, it was brought down from an advertising billboard where it had been perched for an astonishing 30 years.

Placing an entire car atop a billboard, approximately 35 feet in the air, was a popular practice back in the day. Old vehicles were often utilized to advertise businesses such as dealerships, repair shops, and gas stations. This particular Tri-Five model proudly sat atop a billboard near Overdrive Entertainment, a comedy club located in Celina, Ohio.

Recently, with the closure of the club, the Chevy 210 was put up for auction. The folks at “Iron City Garage,” a YouTube channel based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, purchased the car and faced the formidable challenge of bringing it back to solid ground after three decades. Enlisting the help of a professional company, they not only documented the entire process but also meticulously cleaned the car, preparing it for a new chapter. Against all odds, this seemingly worthless Tri-Five was rescued and is now seeking a new home.

One might question whether this car is worth restoring after enduring 30 years of exposure to the elements. Surprisingly, despite ample time for rust to consume its steel body, this two-door sedan is in decent shape. While there is evidence of rust in some areas and the paint has suffered, the overall condition of the body is surprisingly clean. It is possible that a repaint in 2017, by an individual who climbed the billboard, helped stave off significant rust. Furthermore, the frame remains intact.

However, before being hoisted onto the billboard in the 1990s, the car was gutted. The engine, transmission, interior, and various trim pieces were all removed. Unfortunately, this poses a challenge for those seeking to restore the car to its original specifications. On the other hand, this stripped-down canvas presents an excellent opportunity for creating a hot rod or even a dragster.

Quarter-mile racers do not require a fully furnished interior. With a driver’s seat, a simple dashboard, a steering wheel, and a shifter, one is almost ready to hit the track. Of course, a roll cage is essential to ensure safety during high-speed straight-line racing. Regardless of the car’s ultimate destination, the Tri-Five rolls on and comes with a title. Furthermore, the hosts were able to obtain the car’s VIN.

For those unfamiliar with the 210, it occupied the mid-range position within the Tri-Five lineup. Positioned above the entry-level 150 and below the more luxurious Bel Air, the 210 held its own appeal. While the hardtop version remains the top choice for many collectors, post cars (sedans) are gaining popularity in the classic car market. This is largely due to the fact that most hardtop examples have already undergone restoration or have been transformed into hot rods, often commanding high prices nearing $100,000. On the other hand, solid two-door sedans, especially those that are not Bel Air models, offer a more affordable alternative. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that the 1956 Chevrolet 210 was far from rare, with Chevrolet selling a staggering 206,000 units that year.

Regardless of production numbers and market value, witnessing a billboard car being given a second chance at life is heartwarming. Press play below to witness its triumphant return to the ground and a well-deserved cleaning.

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