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*Please note that upon inspection a master cylinder leak was detected and the braking system may require attention prior to use.
The Chevrolet Cameo was introduced in 1955 as a new model in Chevrolet’s “Task Force” series, a group of second-generation postwar trucks. Designed by Chuck Jordan, it was a light-duty pickup, both practical and stylish, blending the utility of a truck with the interior amenities and styling of a passenger car. The Cameo’s most distinctive feature was its fiberglass exterior panels that covered a widened cargo box and smoothly matched the lines of the cab. In addition to achieving a continuous appearance that would come to influence all fleetsided truck designs to follow, the Cameo had an uncommon two-piece tailgate, and a distinct hinged access panel that covered the spare tire compartment.
The Cameo being offered here is an example from the model’s first production year and is equipped with the optional and desirable 265 cid V-8 engine. This truck is also equipped with the unique Chevy three-speed freewheel overdrive gearbox, which allows the driver to shift without using the clutch at certain speeds, a handy feature for around-town driving. This example is finished in distinctive Bombay Ivory and Commercial Red paint, the only color combination offered its first year. According to a historical summary provided by the consignor, this truck was treated to a comprehensive nut-and-bolt, frame-off restoration less than 200 miles ago. This lovely Cameo, accompanied by jack, spare, and owner’s manual, displays all of the original character that makes this model so highly regarded among collectors.