Dragin’ Wagin: 1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Station Wagon Street Machine – Sold!
Some wagons get used to hauling stuff, while others like this 1964 Chevrolet Chevy II Station Wagon we found on Craigslist in Henderson, North Carolina haul ass! Labeled “The Dragin Wagin”, the current caretaker says he has too many toys, so this one has to go. With an asking price of $15,000 or best offer, when compared to a stock V8-powered example listed on Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool this private seller has his Chevy II priced between the #1 “Concours” appraisal of $16,500 and the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $12,900.
When Ford’s more traditional Falcon ended up outselling Chevrolet’s radical Corvair for their mutual 1960 launch year, the latter immediately began work on a more conventional compact car that eventually became the Chevy II. Launched for the 1962 model year, Chevrolet’s new compact utilized what GM called a semi-unibody construction where a front subframe bolted to the car’s unitized cabin and trunk rear section. Chevrolet launched the Chevy II with a full line of body styles but only with a choice of either four- or six cylinder power. Upper trim levels used the “Nova” designation. While the Chevy II enjoyed immediate success, for 1964 Chevrolet’s launch of its mid-sized Chevelle cannibalized sales of the Chevy II, so to help add appeal, the line received its first factory V8 option, a 195 horsepower 283 cubic inch small block.
While we love the deep medium blue hue of the exterior and the choice of chromed American racing wheels, we find the “Dragin’ Wagin” labels on all four sides a bit of overkill as we’re sure the exhaust note coming from 383 cubic inch “stroker” small block V8 is the only calling car this Chevy II needs. Mated to rachet-shifter-controlled 700R4 automatic transmission sending power to 3:73 equipped rear end, we’re not surprised the seller installed Simpson Racing single belt harnesses to keep him and his passenger strapped down as he mashes the go pedal. Besides removing the aforementioned labels, we would get to work installing an updated Vintage or Retrosound Radio that integrates into the dash better. Then again, the sound of the V8 running through the gears is all of the soundtracks we would need, a one-quarter mile at a time.
The seller doesn’t provide undercarriage pictures, so you’ll need to confirm in person whether the underside is structurally sound. If everything checks out, you’ll have a powerful cruiser to commute to every event you decide to drive to. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s brief description:
“1964 Chevy II Wagon – 383 Stroker, 700 R4, 373 gears. Too many toys. $15K or best offer.“
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