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For Sale: 1957 GMC Suburban in Des Moines, Iowa


Vehicle Description

Like most restoration projects, this Suburban was a barn find survivor that was back to life. Father and son project that had been in the family for many years. The Napco was a dealer optioned conversion on GMCs. The GMC Suburban is even more rare than the Chevy counterpart.
A huge amount of time and money was spent on an extensive restoration. This beautiful Carryall was repainted from the inside out
over an extremely solid and straight body Structurally beautiful suburban body. no expense replaceing any rusty metal with new metal. New glass all the way around All the bumpers were painted white as they would have been from the factory.

The inside has brand new turquoise and white two tone seat covers Rare,very hard to find correct Suburban seats with tilt up passenger seat access. Beautifully painted dash with very nice instrumentation. Show quality engine compartment
Rebuilt 270 c.i. 6 cylinder engine, casting # 2324003 #8203;
Rebuilt 4-speed transmission with granny gear Over $4000 was spent on rebuilding the axles and the suspension.
This is a rare 4x4 that you can get in and enjoy the nostalgic good old days gone by. Even the old AM radio works very well. Power assisted steering, a tilt column, power brakes and electric wipers, making this rig a pleasure to drive on new white letter radials.

Wikipedia Information"NAPCO (Northwestern Auto Parts Company) was a four-wheel drive automobile parts manufacturing company founded in 1918.It was based in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States.""During World War II, NAPCO helped the war effort by producing specialized mechanical parts and assemblies that were tested in war conditions.As early as 1942 NAPCO began building four-wheel drive assemblies to be fitted to Ford, GMC, Chevrolet and Studebaker vehicles however NAPCO is primarily associated with GMC and Chevrolet pickups. From 1942 to 1956 44 GMC and Chevrolet trucks could be ordered by the government and civilians with a NAPCO Power-Pak kit and the kit could be installed later. The retail price of Napco Power-Pak was $995. This option raised the price on a new two-wheel drive truck from $1,548.96 to $2,796.96. The kit was shipped in a crate measuring 80"x30"x26" weighing 1,410 pounds. In a matter of 3 hours with as little as 4 holes drilled in existing chassis a truck would be converted into a "Mountain Goat", a "full sized truck that will climb steep inclines with ease". One feature was the "shift on the fly" rubber mounted transfer case with a dual-range option.There were companies that installed these upgrades for the previously mentioned manufacturers. Besides the four-wheel drive units NAPCO also provided winches, auxiliary transmissions, tandem drive axels, hydrovac systems, and dump truck bodies.""From 1956 to 1959 the NAPCO Power-Pak option could be ordered directly from GM (an official RPT 690 was assigned in 1957) and factory installed on trucks with very few modifications to the original chassis. The 1955 44 NAPCO GMC or Chevrolet was a $1250.00 to $1550.00 optional add on. The 1957 Chevrolet and GMC 3100 44 price was a bargain at $2549.00 compared to the earlier add on kits. In 1960 NAPCO and GM parted ways when GM redesigned the front suspension on their 1960 pickup line so that it wasn't easily compatible with the existing Power-Pak kits.Prior to 1955 NAPCO Power-Pak conversions were done on 3/4 and one ton GMC and Chevrolet chassis. The Pre-1955 #8203;1 #8260;2 ton chassis used an incompatible "torque tube" drive. In the fall of 1954 GMC and Chevrolet changed the 1955 #8203;1 #8260;2 ton pickup and Suburban models to the compatible Hotchkiss drive. Today these trucks are still considered to be very versatile and durable 60 years later and are considered to be collectible by NAPCO enthusiasts."American Dream Machines
At American Dream Machines, we typically have over 100 quality classic cars and trucks in stock and for sale. We have everything from Corvettes to Cadillacs, including: Camaros, Mustangs, Mopars, GTOs, Chevelles, Bel Airs, Blazers and exotic sports cars. Our classics and muscle cars range from the 1950s to the 1970s. Our inventory is diverse, continuously changing and always growing!
Our #1 Goal is to make you, our customer happy with the American classic and muscle cars we offer. We highly recommend that ALL CUSTOMERS call our knowledgeable, experienced staff with Midwest values and have very detailed discussions regarding overall condition of any of our classics that you are considering getting in the drivers seat of. Our phone number is (515) 245-9100 and we are centrally located in the heartland of America, in Des Moines Iowa.
American Dream Machines occupies the historic 41,000 square foot former Packard Dealership. We are one of the largest full service classic car dealerships in the Midwest. We have over 10 active Mechanic hoists, a body shop and detail bays that are used by our technicians to inspect, repair, upgrade and detail our cars so that they are ready to be delivered to your driveway. Please give us a call and we will be happy to help get your dream car to almost any location worldwide!
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Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-921977
  • Price:$29,900
  • Location:Des Moines, Iowa
  • Year:1957
  • Make:GMC
  • Model:Suburban
  • Exterior Color:Turquoise & white
  • Interior Color:Turquoise & white
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:3536
  • VIN:PT1422