NOT MANY OF THESE RARE CAMEO'S LEFT, STAKE BED-RAILS, 283 V8, 3-SPEED OVERDRIVE!
The Cameo pickups were a pretty big deal when they debuted, introducing the idea that trucks could be attractive and user-friendly as well as functional and rugged. This 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup has just the right combination of patina and glamor, plus a 283 cubic inch V8, all of which prove the point that looks matter.
A bright red pickup truck with stake sides and some vintage-looking signage is perhaps the most American thing I can imagine. This is not a perfect show truck, but rather a pickup that can go places with you, just in case you need to actually haul something. Going to Home Depot? Perfect! The garden center? Buy whatever you need! The bright red paint has a soft shine that makes it look like this truck has earned its living honestly, and the Cameo's smooth bed sides with white insert gives it a flashy look that probably fit right in with the other bow-ties in the showroom. The white roof with matching visor helps with that old-timey look and the warm wood bed sides are a charming addition. The bed is correctly finished with black painted wood planks, not an ornately finished oak dance floor, so no worries about putting it to work. And while you're back there, check out the beautiful taillights that were a big part of the Cameo's skillful blending of car and truck styling.
The bright red and white interior also shows that designers were trying to bring a few automotive details over to the truck lineup. The patterned upholstery has a very 1950s look to it and shows minimal wear since the restoration was finished. Black floor coverings shrug off whatever you might have on your boots and clean up easily, while the two-tone door panels soften things a bit. The instrument panel should look familiar to Chevy fans, with a V-shaped speedometer that is remarkably similar to the gauge panel found in the '57 Bel Air. Three-on-the-tree shifting is light and easy once you've mastered the action and there's an AM radio and heater in the dash, both of which were still optional, even on the high-end Cameo. There's also a rather novel fuel efficiency gauge that lets you try to maximize your mileage, which should matter as much today as it did 56 years ago.
A 283 cubic inch V8 is a welcome bit of horsepower after decades of six-cylinder power only, and the 2-barrel V8 is torquey enough to be the ideal truck powerplant. Wearing Chevy Orange paint, it has a working-class look that means you won't sweat the small stuff, but original equipment like the oil bath air cleaner and generator mean that you still get the old-fashioned experience when you drive it. There's new wiring for safety and with overdrive, it's a competent cruiser that never gets in anyone's way. The suspension is bade up of rigid axles front and rear, so it still rides like a truck, and the 10-bolt rear axle offers a more street-friendly ratio than the original stump-puller. A pair of glasspack-style mufflers add a snarky exhaust note that's a tradition all by itself, and with 235/75/15 BF Goodrich whitewall radials on painted steel wheels, it cuts a dashing profile.
If you haven't noticed, prices on the Cameo pickups are skyrocketing, and this might be your last chance to get one before they're all out of sight. This is a very good truck that's still eminently usable. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Vinyl Interior
- Interior Color
- Red & White
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