Beyond Basic: 1957 Chevrolet 150 Two-Door Wagon Restomod – SOLD!
February 1, 2022 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 us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Through most of the 1950s, Chevrolet’s entry-level trim for fleet- and other value-conscious consumers was the 150. The model designation also applied to Chevy’s two-door “Handyman” wagon exemplified by this frame-off restored, LT-1 powered, 1955 Chevrolet 150 two-door station wagon originally listed on Craigslist in Burlington, North Carolina (Greensboro). Much more than simply a restored entry-level car, this 150 received an extensive restomod treatment that gives the car a sleeper vibe that is not immediately evident from just looking at the exterior.
Currently offered for $55,000, comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller’s ask currently is well above this guide’s #1 “Concours” appraisal of $39,300 for a stock example. Similarly, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is well above this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $41,300 for a stock example. The premium here is for the modern, well-executed restomod touches that help modernize the comfort and convenience of this once bare-bones, entry-level station wagon.
The Chevrolet One-Fifty (or 150) was the economy/fleet model of the Chevrolet car from 1953 to 1957. Like most full-size Chevrolet models during that time the “150” is a shortened version of Chevrolet’s actual production designation. This was done to capitalize on the numerical auto-name trend of the 1950s. Chevrolet marketers replaced the “150” entry-level station wagon model after the 1957 model year when they launched the “Delray” brand name for 1958. Unlike the mid-level 210 and top-trim Bel Air, the 150 did not have any of the iconic stainless steel trim in 1957. In fact, the 1957 150s featured side trim similar to the 1955 Bel Airs.
The US Auto Industry YouTube Channel features this 1957 Chevrolet ad focusing on its station wagon line up that model year:
We simply love the execution of this 1957 150 Handy Two-Door restomod. This car represents the definition of what restomods were originally intended for: modern comfort, convenience, handling, and reliability stealthily hidden under a stock-looking body.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Body-off restoration -California rust free car, -Hydra boost front disc brakes, – 1996 Caprice LT-1 engine w/ LT4 Hot Cam…all rebuilt/new components, T56 6-speed manual transmission, – 1996 Olds Bravada rear axle (new), 3.73:1 gears, – power steering, – Air conditioning, – Tilt column, – Power windows with power vent windows, – 1965 Impala front seats, – Upholstery finished in 1957 Chevy “210” materials, – hidden Bluetooth sound system, -3000 miles since restoration. – NC Title
Moving out west…must sell“
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