Pick of the Day: 1957 Chevy Bel Air turned into a pickup

The well-executed custom truck is dubbed the ‘Bel Camino’

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The Bel Air is a head scratcher in its pickup truck transformation

A “Tri-Five” Chevy in just about any body style is bound to garner love and attention from collector car hobbyists.  But would a custom Bel Air pickup truck – or “Bel Camino” – strike them as a worthwhile and appreciated build, or as a project that should have never been brought to life?

The Pick of the Day is a 1957 Chevy Bel Air pickup for which, regardless of one’s opinion on whether such a vehicle is tasteful, there can be no dispute that the level of detail in this unique vehicle puts it in the upper echelon of custom show cars. 

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“The build quality of this Bel Camino is over the top,” states the seller, a Gladstone, Oregon, advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com

This pickup started out as a Bel Air station wagon when new, according to the seller, and was converted sometime before 1972.  In 2014, it was treated to a full restoration, the dealer adds, and has been driven just 700 miles since. 

The ‘57 Chevy is perhaps one of the most iconic and easily identifiable classics in the collector car community, and the Bel Air model topped the hierarchy for that year.  It boasted upscale gold trim including the mesh grille insert and front fender chevrons, as well as the Chevrolet script on the hood – and, in this case, the tailgate.  As if big fins and gold trim weren’t eye-catching enough, this drastically modified body style is sure to turn heads on the show circuit or cruising down Main Street.    

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The Chevy is powered by a 327cid V8 paired with an automatic transmission.  Upgrades include a custom interior with leather seats and console, as well as a B&M shift kit and added gauges. 

Chrome five-spoke wheels mounted to BF Goodrich white-letter tires provide footwork for the pickup, with a diamond plate floor in the bed for stowing cargo, if this Chevy’s future owner decides to ever test its payload.  The interior looks comfortably appointed, with dual vinyl bucket seats and a center console with integrated cup holders. 

“Here is your chance to have a one-of-a-kind custom pickup that nobody has,” the seller says.  The only question is whether the neighbors would want to borrow such a fanciful creation and put it to work.

The asking price for this custom ride is $41,500.  To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Tyson Hugie grew up in a family of gearheads and enjoys anything to do with automotive and motorsports. He is a contributing editor to Redline Reviews, a YouTube channel with coverage from major auto shows. He also writes for Arizona Driver Magazine and holds leadership positions with a number of car clubs. Tyson has lived in Arizona for 10 years and his current obsession is Japanese cars from the early 1990s which, though hard to believe, are now becoming classics. Tyson can usually be found exploring offbeat and obscure road trip destinations on his blog "Drive to Five," which started as a way to share travel stories and experiences with his now-550,000-mile Acura.

19 COMMENTS

  1. This car was built back when a tri 5
    could be bought for hundreds not thousands…4 door station wagons were almost free ….Also custom cars & trucks were all the rage especially on the left coast…in my humble opinion I love it..you will pay 40 k for a Camaro , mustang, chevelle, and see 20 of each at any car cruise..I guess what I’m sayin is if you are a purist dont look at this as sacrilege.

  2. I like it! If it started out as a 4 door station wagon I think this was a great idea, if it started out as a 2 door Nomad, not so much. all in all I think its a unique and very cool ride, not to hip on the 317 could that be a typo and is actually 327, would make more sense.

  3. Back in the 1970s, station wagons of this vintage were just out of date designs and difficult to maintain old cars mostly used for demolition derbies. Good thing that someone took time and effort to convert this one into the hot rod equivalent of a funeral flower car.

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