The Chevrolet Delray debuted in 1954 as an optional trim level on the mid-range 210 series of 210 series full-size automobile. It later became a distinct series of its own.
The Delray was a two-door sedan featuring an upgraded vinyl upholstery with "waffle-like" pleating, color-keyed to the exterior, along with carpeting and other minor upgrades. The standard equipment was otherwise essentially similar to the regular 210 models. The Delray was offered until 1957, and proved reasonably popular.
In 1958, the Delray became a distinct series of its own, taking the place of the 210 series. The Delray was Chevrolet's price-leading, no-frills model, with the more expensive models being the 210 series, 210 series and 210 series (the last being a sub-model of the Bel Air).
Befitting its bottom-end status, the Delray had minimal interior and exterior trim and limited options. As such, this model was popular with fleet buyers such as police departments and businesses. However, private customers could also buy a Delray if low price, economy and basic all-around transportation with the convenience of a full-size automobile were the primary goals. Also, buyers could order any engine and transmission choice, including the 348 in³ V8 and the fuel-injected 283 in³ V8 engines.
For the 1959 model year, Chevrolet made the Impala its top line series, at which time the Delray was dropped, and the Biscayne, formerly the second-lowest trim level, took over the entry-level position