Although Americans seem to have fallen out of love with the idea of a station wagon, but will buy them if we raise the ride height and call them a “crossover,” there was once a time when the wagon body style reined supreme.
Enter the 1957 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery. The “delivery” notes a two-door body style with panels in place of rear windows, and accompanying hatch in the rear. Only, this particular one will be crossing the block at Mecum Indianapolis and has received a complete frame-off restoration.
The undercarriage has been meticulously detailed, and only 100 miles have been accumulated since the work was completed last year. Powering the delivery is a 454 cubic-inch V8, with a Turbo 400 automatic handling shifting duties.
The car is equipped with 4.11 Positraction, and interestingly enough, it features a Ford 9-inch rear end. Still, the car’s craftsmanship shines through despite some help from the blue oval. A few modern touches adorn the build too, with power rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc braked at all four wheels. Something to be appreciated if the new owner plans on driving this work of art.
Inside, the build features more custom design mixed with vintage cues. Finished wood reveals a modern showcar-esque design, complete with a 21st-century shift-boot and custom gauges. Keeping it classic is the vintage air conditioning to cool you down on hot summer cruises, though.
If you noticed something a tad… off about the front-fascia, you have keen eyes reader. Those are indeed Mini Cooper headlamps, and for whatever reason, the restorer gave the green-light to include them, forgoing the classic ‘57 Chevy lights. It’s unique, that’s for sure.
Besides the controversial headlight decision, the build is immaculate. It will be interesting to see if there’s a buyer for this custom build, so tune in your televisions during May 12-17th to see if this one finds a new home.