The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 184
1957 Chevrolet 3200 Pickup
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE


Selling on Saturday

1957 Chevrolet  3200 Pickup

CHASSIS NO: V3B57K137847

• Expertly restored in 1999 and stored ever since
• Rare four-speed manual transmission
• Stepside bed with hardwood and stainless floor
• Lovely, accurate cloth interior just like it left the factory


265 cid V-8 engine, 160 HP, four-speed manual transmission, front independent suspension, rear semi-floating axle with leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 123


Americans love their 50s pickup trucks, and none were better than the 55 - 57 Chevrolets. From the base six engine in 1955 all the way to the all-new 265 cubic-inch V-8, in 1956, Chevy was making a statement in the truck market that pickups can be comfortable, powerful and beautiful while still doing a good days work. By 1957, a 12-volt electrical system was in place, improving reliability, and even power steering was an option - all firsts for GM in light trucks. Style points went to the first wraparound windshield and matching rear glass, a newly styled egg-crate grille, and a flashy two-tone painted dash with a central fan-shaped instrument cluster that was right out of the space age. A cool new dished steering wheel, safety door locks and strikers, and a more rigidly mounted rear axle (using threaded spring shackles instead of the center-draw-bolt type) were among the other improvements.

This lovely turquoise 3200 was immaculately restored in 1999, and the 70,000 miles was at that time reported to be actual. It was displayed at a GM dealership for a year and has simply been stored and maintained in a collection ever since. The impeccable paint finish remains in excellent condition throughout, the doors and tailgate operate smoothly, and the turquoise and white color combination always attracts a crowd. The engine bay is in wonderful condition, and the truck runs with quiet authority. Inside, the cloth interior is in excellent condition with a clean painted dash, new floor mats, and that cool four-speed on the floor. The fit and finish throughout this 3200 is exceptional, with great chrome and brightwork really catching your eye. The stepside bed is highlighted by a hardwood and stainless-steel floor. Theres simply nothing left to do on this truck but slide in, turn the key, and drive. If you ever wanted an eye-catching 50s truck that is also a great investment, and all the heavy lifting already accomplished, here is a unique opportunity for the next new owner to enjoy a fine classic pickup for many years to come.

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