Hard-To-Find 1958 Chevy Cameo Carrier Pickup …
This week a 1958 Chevy Cameo Carrier Pickup truck was listed for sale by Carbuffs.com out of Concord, California. Not only are the photos in the ad worthy of framing, but this hot pickup truck is a hard-to-find classic. And Cars On Line.com readers know how popular classic pickup trucks are getting in this market. The Cameo pickup by Chevrolet is one of the top ten collectible pickup trucks of all time.
By 1958, Ford had an entry into the passenger friendly pickup truck market with their styleside pickup introduced in 1957. Chevrolet countered in ’58 with their new Fleetside model, including an all-steel cargo box larger than the original Cameo. The ’58 Cameo also sported the new Chevrolet look with a new front grille and the sensational quad headlights. This was also the first year of the new Chevrolet “Task Force” series of light duty trucks. The Task Force series had the premium Apache cab with the restyled hood and trim.
There were just 1,405 Cameos produced in 1958 and it would be its last year of production, with the least number produced in its four-year run. It was also the last year for the Cameo 4” X 8” fiberglass bed. It is the only year in which the Cameo and the Apache emblems appeared on the same pickup model.
In 1959 the Cameo was replaced by the El Camino.
We should point out that the Cameo Carrier from Carbuffs.com is not a stock original restoration. Far from it. This 1958 Chevy Cameo Carrier Pickup was restored the way a car guy would restore it, improving on the factory production to make it a dream to drive. Carbuffs.com tells us it has ’58 Corvette Panama yellow paint, an oak bed with polished stainless steel bed strips, custom painted gas tank, chrome tailgate locks and latches, Ivory and Charcoal Cameo pattern upholstery by Ciadella Interiors of Tempe, Arizona, and way too many chromed items to mention.
Performance wise, this classic beauty has a ’65 Chevy 327/300, Muncie 4-speed with Hurst shifter, L-79 chrome valve covers, rare ’66 Chevy L-79 aluminum intake with curved water neck, Corvette center dump exhaust manifolds, high flow aluminum water pump with chrome pulleys, seven blade metal race fan and custom 2 1/2″ Flowmaster exhaust system done by Ralph Willis Automotive of Salinas, California.
The Chevrolet Cameo Carrier was a high profile factory produced truck that was the first one to come to market with passenger car type creature comforts. They were produced from 1955 through 1958. All 1955 Cameos were painted two tone red and white. The interior was also two-tone and came with arm rests, dual sunvisors, a cigarette lighter and chrome door knobs on the inside panels. The signature feature on the Cameo was a large wrap-around rear window.
This is a sweet ride that will get respect from any classic collector. You can see why so many collectors feel that the 1958 Apache model is the most desirable Cameo to collect.
Our 1958 Chevy Cameo Carrier Pickup was featured in this week’s Cars On Line.com newsletter. Click here to see what Cars On Line.com had to say about this truck’s collectability. To see more photos of the truck click this link to view the Carbuffs.com page. On the Cars On Line.com website hundreds of classic pickup trucks like this can be found in the Classic Truck Section.