Tuesday, June 2, 2015

15k: 2-Door Wagons Rule: 1957 Chevrolet 150 Handyman Wagon

by Hunsbloger -- In 1957, Americans were looking to get away from all of the drudgery of the way they used to do things and they sought out anything that made them feel more pampered and powerful. Today, most aging stick-in-the-mud (or is that stuck-in-the-mud?) gearheads are lamenting the rarity of manual transmissions, but the American Family buying a new car in 1957 was probably buying its first car with power steering, power brakes and the ultimate luxury of an automatic transmission.  Like this 1957 Chevrolet 210 or 150 Handyman Wagon (although the owner idenifies it as a Bel Air, the Bel Air 2-door wagon was only available as a Nomad and had an angled B-pillar) found here on eBay currently bidding for $12,500 with 1 day to go, located in Oconomowoc, WI.

In the 21st century, most of the people I know have one or two kids but in the 1950's Mom and Dad might have been a little formal on the outside, but behind closed doors they were all about repopulating the planet! Most of the families I grew up with in the 1960's had 4 kids. Catholics were immediately recognized for having 6-10 kids!  Modern requirements for seat belts and kid seats make a minivan a necessity for any couple with a love of those little rascals, but back in the day you could get away with a nice 2-door wagon.

You couldn't tie them to the roof Romney-style, but with a full sized wagon you could easily get one or two of the small ones up front between Mom and Dad and 3-5 in the back seat depending upon how big they were. On long trips, you just stacked 'em like cord-wood in the cargo area.

Powering this thing is a "great running" Chevy 454 cubic inch V8 mated to an automatic transmission and a Ford 9-inch rear end.  Side-post battery (with composite anti-sparker) held in place with a bungee cord was not standard equipment in 1957.

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  1. I'm gonna hijack this thread because nobody seems all that interested in this cool car anyway. Happy Day Two of British Car Week! Here's another neat English car that I like very much, warts and all!

    2001 supercharged V8, 370 horsepower Jaguar XJR with 70K for $5.5K. Drive it like you stole it then dump it, guvna. Aggro!



  2. Back tothe sstripper. Puttubg a 454 in this is like giving Grandpa one too many little blue pills. Gonna blow out his exhaust


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