Big Bertha: 1959 Chevrolet Parkwood Station Wagon – SOLD!
March 2, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
If you follow our Wagon Wednesday features closely, you already know how we’ve documented Chevrolet’s dizzying array of station wagon name changes through the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. With this post, we add the name “Parkwood” to Chevrolet’s list of wagon names, and representing it is this “resurrected” 1959 four-door six-passenger model currently originally listed in February 2021 on Craigslist in Smyrna Beach, Florida reported to be thoroughly sorted mechanically as well as featuring what appears to be a completely new interior. The current caretaker has their Parkwood priced at $23,000. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their Parkwood priced between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $28,300 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $21,100. As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review reveals the asking price falls between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of #22,175 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $33,750. Keep in mind these price guides represent cars with at least driver-quality paint jobs. While the preserved patina look remains a hot trend, for now, you’ll have to decide whether the Arizona natural paint fade is better than a respray for future resale.
Chevrolet offered the Parkwood as a six-passenger station wagon version of its Bel Air line from 1959 to 1961. As in the rest of the Bel Air lineup, the Parkwood was the middle-level trim and features alternative slotted between the Brookwood and Nomad in 1959. All 1959 and 1960 Parkwoods were six-passenger models, whereas the Bel-Air-based Kingswood had seating for nine. The Parkwood became available in both passenger configurations for 1961, when Chevrolet dropped the Kingswood name (the latter of which returned for 1969.) The Parkwood name was also dropped for 1962 when all Chevrolet station wagons began sharing series names with their passenger-car linemates. Throughout its three-year production run, the Parkwood was available with either a six-cylinder or V8 engine.
This commercial featuring the 1959 Chevrolet Station Wagons says a lot with none of the actors saying one word:
We really like how the current caretaker went about mechanically sorting this car and completely redoing the interior while preserving the faded Arizona sun exterior. This is a full-size wagon you can enjoy as is now and when the patina look craze fades (pun intended) you can set aside a future winter to have the exterior brought back to its original hue. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Frame off resurrection of a solid Arizona car! 348ci V8 with Turbo 350 auto trans. New interior including headliner.
Please note this car has been extensively mechanically sorted and driven since advertised by previous owners. Additionally, some dents have been repaired.
DO NOT message or call me to buy the car or make an offer unless you have the money and will follow through with it!!!!!
Delivery available in FL, OH or points in between.!
Paint or Patina: Which would you do on this Chevy Parkwood? Comment below and let us know!