RARE 1957 CHEVY 150 HANDYMAN WAGON
THE TRI FIVE CHEVROLETS, 1955-1957, HAVE RANKED AS ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE MODELS IN COLLECTOR CAR HISTORY. THE PINNACLE YEAR FOR THESE CLASSICS WAS 1957. OVER 1.5 MILLION UNITS WERE SOLD IN 1957 IN SEVEN DIFFERENT BODY STYLES. THE LOWEST PRODUCTION NUMBERS BELONG TO THE TWO DOOR STATION WAGONS. WITH A RUN OF A MERE 14,740 UNITS, THE 150 HANDYMAN WAGON RANKS SECOND ONLY TO THE FABLED NOMAD IN RARITY. THE LOW OPTIONED, BARE BONES UTILITY VEHICLE HAS BECOME ONE OF THE MOST COVETED BY DISCRIMINATING COLLECTORS. UNFORTUNATELY, THE MAJORITY OF THESE RARE CLASSICS HAVE BEEN CONVERTED INTO MODIFIED, TUBBED STREET MACHINES WITH TRANSPLANTED V8 ENGINES AND CUSTOM PAINT JOBS. IF THIS IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, THIS CAR IS NOT FOR YOU. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE THE DISCERNING COLLECTOR SEARCHING FOR AN UNCUT, UNMOLESTED, FACTORY ORIGINAL EXAMPLE OF A RARE LOW PRODUCTION COLLECTIBLE, PLEASE READ ON. THIS IS ONE OF THE FINEST 1957 150 HANDYMAN WAGONS YOU WILL FIND.
EXTERIOR- Straight, original, rust free body panels. Fit on all panels is excellent. This rare beauty has been repainted once. Fresh correct factory Inca Silver/ Imperial Ivory finish. All chrome and stainless trim has been redone. New windshield- all other glass is original and in excellent condition. Original T-3 headlights. Tailgate opens and closes firmly with factory spring loaded cables. Rear window also operates flawlessly-original locking supports hold window rigid in up position. Vintage Sears "Persuader" P195/75/14 Polyglas tires are mounted on factory steel wheels that have been stripped, refinished, and complimented with Dog Dish hubcaps.
DRIVETRAIN- Factory 235 Cu. In., 140 HP engine. Absolutely no aftermarket modifications, except for a high capacity battery. Engine was completely rebuilt, which included boring out the cylinders and replacement or rebuilding of all mechanical components. Rochester carburetor. Highly detailed and correct engine bay features factory air cleaner, remote cannister oil filter, correct hoses, clamps, fasteners, etc. New single exhaust. Three speed manual transmission with original column shifter. Exceptionally clean frame, undercarriage, and floor pans. Completely original, rust free, and unmodified.
INTERIOR- Factory black and gray vinyl interior. Interior is original with the exception of the front seat cover and tailgate inner cover. Onyx Black and Silver dash in excellent condition. Very slight age scratches in speedometer face. Other guage faces are excellent. Handyman factory rubber floor mat. Original headliner in excellent shape. All seals and weatherstripping replaced. Rubber inner tailgate mat replaced with matching carpet. Original rear fold down seat. Column shift operates smoothly. Windows roll up and down flawlessly. Doors open and close firmly and seal tightly. Spotless spare tire well with spare tire and jack.
As stated previously, this is an investment quality vehicle intended for someone that appreciates the value of unmodified, factory original classics. However, if you are a reseller, you can buy this car now- then take it to a Premier Classic Car auction and declare a profit. Fully restored Nomad Wagons are approaching the $100,000 range. Here is a chance to own a rare, low production wagon at a tiny fraction of that cost.
P.O. Box 425
Updated May. 22, 2013 12:04 EST