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Lot 255

1955 Chevrolet 3100 Cameo Pickup

  • Chassis no. VH2550022560

Sold for $66,000

180 bhp, 235 cu. in. V-8 engine with a single Holley carburetor, Hydra-Matic transmission, front and rear suspension with leaf springs and shock absorbers, solid rear axle, and hydraulically operated front disc brakes with rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 114 in.

  • One of the most important post-war Chevrolet trucks
  • Rare and desirable example
  • Beautifully restored

Nineteen fifty-five was a hugely important year for Chevrolet. Not only did their passenger car lineup receive numerous updates, but their trucks received a similar treatment as well. Although the majority of the 1955 lineup was introduced in the fall of 1954, the all-new-for-1955 trucks weren’t quite ready for the unveiling, resulting in a first and second series of trucks for the model year. This newer style would feature lower and sleeker hood and fender lines, a panoramic wraparound windshield, and an egg-crate grille.

For 1955, the most chic and sporty Chevrolet pickup truck one could buy was the half-ton 3100 Cameo Pickup. The truck was marketed towards a more suburban crowd, who would use their pickup around town rather than on the farm. Every example that left the factory was finished in Bombay Ivory with a red interior and had a bed with red-painted trim. Other identifying characteristics found on the truck included vertical chrome moldings covering the gap between the box and the cabin. The slab-sided rear fender skins were made of fiberglass, as was the tailgate panel, which attached directly to the steel tailgate to conceal a hidden compartment that housed the spare tire. The Cameo also received unique taillights, and a red-painted Chevrolet bow-tie emblem was emblazoned on the tailgate.

This 1955 Cameo Pickup was purchased by the Andrews’ in 2011 and was refinished with their Flying A logo on both the driver’s- and passenger-side doors, which beautifully highlight the car’s Bombay Ivory over red color scheme. This truck has clearly been very well restored, as it appears virtually as-new, with the exception of an upgraded Holley carburetor sitting atop its 235-cubic inch V-8. Inside, the truck comes equipped with the optional heater and defroster, as well as an AM radio.

Nineteen fifties-era pickup trucks have always had a loyal following for a number of reasons. As they are often the subject of performance and cosmetic modifications, it can be difficult to find Chevrolet pickups of the era restored to its correct configuration. With allegedly only 5,220 produced for the 1955 model year, this Cameo is a must-have truck for any Chevrolet enthusiast, and it would look especially fetching next to a matching Corvette of the same year.

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