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1957 Chevrolet Pickup
For 1957, a number of visual changes were made on the Chevrolet
trucks: The former egg-crate grille was changed to a more
open-mouthed design, with eight bars holding an open trapezoid in
the center, and a pair of windsplits appeared on the hood. 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 used previously) were among the other
improvements. The V8 models grew to 283ci, 160hp and 270
foot-pounds of torque.
There were more substantial changes, though: For the growing 4x4
market, GM introduced an optional four-wheel-drive system (made by
NAPCO of Minneapolis, Minnesota). It utilized a four-speed
transmission and two-speed transfer case, with the driver choosing
between direct-drive or a 1.87:1 underdrive; in effect, eight
forward and two reverse speeds were available. The solid front axle
was similar to the one in the rear and also hung from the
leaf-spring suspension. Four-wheel-drive was available in half-ton,
3/4-ton and one-ton variants.
A more radical sheetmetal change, including a switch to quad
headlamps, came for 1958; the last of the Task-Force trucks rolled
off the line in the summer of 1959.
Pricing started at $1,430 for a half-ton shortbed in 1955, clear up
to a $2,023 one-ton 3800. By 1957, when our featured vehicle was
built, a similar half-ton shortbed 3100 was $1,800-a 26 percent
price increase in just two years. Beyond the V8, mechanical options
included power steering, power brakes, and a choice of three-speed
synchromesh (with or without overdrive), a four-speed synchromesh
and a four-speed automatic transmission. A side-mounted spare was
also on the options list.
Tri-5 Chevys are always in demand, and pickup trucks are no
exception. This frame-off restored 1957 we are offering is a
beauty, from its striking red paint with ghost flames to the wood
detailing on the bed rails and bed floor. The bed also features a
solid lift up tonneau that's covered in a Haartz cloth type
material and held up with gas cylinders. The interior continues the
fine quality of the outside with a red embossed cloth seat, double
weave carpet, red and black painted dash with AM/FM stereo CD
player, tilt steering column with LeCarra custom steering wheel.
This isn't just another pretty truck, the suspension has been
upgraded with an early 90's IROC Camaro sub frame, the rear
differential is a Lincoln Versailles posi-trac w/disc brakes, and
it rolls on 20 and 22-inch wheels and tires. Power comes from the
IROC tuned port fuel injected 305ci engine and 700R4 4-speed
overdrive automatic transmission. This truck also makes for
comfortable cruising with power steering, power brakes, and air
conditioning. A solid truck that's ready to go.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 100 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. A 450 barn find
collection is currently on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania,
conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76
Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and
our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for
more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
- Interior Color:Red
- Stock Number:628