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Old 07-13-2010, 05:16 PM
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Default 2 Pro-Cars at the Chevy Show in Nashville Tn This past Weekend

To Pro-Cars spotted at the Music City Classic Chevy show in Nashville TN this past weekend. I didn't take these, but they were past on to me. The limo I beleave is the same one that was posted on here a couple weeks ago. Anyone know anything about the ambulance?

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Old 07-14-2010, 12:03 AM
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Very interesting 1955 Chevy ambulance. 99% sure they started with a 4 door hardtop as the donor car, judging by the rear doors. The 4 door 210 wagons, 150 wagons, & BelAir wagons all had flat sills on the rear doors @ the bottom of the windows. The tunnel lights look very similar to Todds '57 ambo (which is believed to be a National) so that's my guess Josh... National. Interesting window treatment too, lots of windows & the rearmost ones filled.

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Old 07-14-2010, 12:44 AM
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I was thinking National judging by the tunnel lights and roof line, but not positive.

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Old 07-14-2010, 11:50 AM
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the windows don't look right for a National. most of them had the raised roof.
no I thing this one of the smaller makers cars. look again at the the tunnel light they don't look like Todd's. his are molded into the roof with a flare on either side this are just round. but remember the jury is still out on his and my 53 which have the same style tunnel lights. here is a 56 as I don't have a pictures of a 55 ambulance. on this55 the medallion on the rear is most likely the clue but who can make it out. also it has commercial glass. boy talk about a hard windshield to find. bet is a foreign made one
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:54 AM
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Thanks for posting the photos. That 1955 Chevrolet ambulance appears to be a Barnette 400 Series. Note the circular emblem on the rear fender. These contained a stylized "B" for Barnette. These Barnette-Chevrolet 400 Series models had a wheelbase of 139 inches and the ambulance was priced at $3,995 FOB Memphis. According to information available, Guy Barnette & Company Inc. offered both Chevrolet and Pontiac conversions in 1955. The 800 Series appears to have been available on the Pontiac only and had a wheelbase of 158 inches. The 600 Series had a 158 inch wheelbase (Pontiac) and 151 inch wheelbase (Chevy), the 500 Series Pontiacs had a 150 inch wheelbase while the 500 Series Chevrolets had a 143 inch wheelbase. The 400 Series Pontiacs wheelbase was 146 inches while the 400 Series Chevys had a wheelbase of 139 inches. There was also a 200 Series listed for Chevrolet only with a 115 inch wheelbase. From what can be seen in the photo, I'm betting that this is a rare surviving Barnette-Chevrolet 400 Series. That's my two cents worth.
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Old 07-14-2010, 11:58 AM
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Exxcuse me for going on and on here but, in my collection of Barnette material here I've also come across a factory photo of a 1955 Barnette-Pontiac ambulance with body work identical to that of the Chevrolet in the photo. I remain confident that this is a Barnette and wish I could post the photo for all to see.
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Ruling stuff out...

Probably not a National, and I'm thinking what Keith is, Barnette. I have a picture of a '50's Barnette also, but I can't find it at the moment....
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Figured that the oval emblem on the rear quarter panel was the key, great detective work! Now let's help Todd & Ed figure out who built theirs?
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"I" was the one that thought mine was a National. The west coast guys tell me it's probably a Yankee conversion, though they were more well known for fire trucks. West coast builders were more likely to use the S&M oval lamp like I have on the back.
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Heres a few Barnette 600 series.....



And a service car.


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