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Car Tales: The Perfect Pickup, The Chevrolet Apache

‘One of the reasons I started Beverly Hills Car Club was because I realized that working with classic cars could be extremely good fun. Among other things, aesthetically they are invariably so uplifting. And therefore such classics really nourish my life and make me smile.
1959 Chevrolet Apache 3100 for sale
‘For some unconscionable reason, they also often have an aura of righteousness.

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‘And a vehicle – note that I don’t say ‘car’ – we have at the moment really epitomizes that. For the sporty pickup truck is North America’s best-selling automobile body style and is without a doubt an icon of North American society.
1959 Chevrolet Apache 3100 side view
‘And as well as being a hotrod staple, and therefore an integral aspect of the culture of Americana, it is arguably the late 1950s Chevy pickup trucks that are the quintessence of collectible mid-size trucks – thereby leaving in the shade its humble origins as purely a utilitarian vehicle.
‘What we have right now at Beverly Hills Car Club is an amazing 1959 Chevrolet Apache 3100 Custom Pickup. It is in Jet Black with a red leather interior, a custom-built vehicle that has been upgraded and hand-built at every level.
‘This ’59 Apache comes equipped with a 4L60E automatic transmission with Lokar shifter, LS2 6.0L V8-engine, air conditioning, power steering, power windows, Dakota digital dash, stained oak bed, push-button start, chrome undercarriage, Corvette inspired Flat Out Engineering Front and Rear Independent Suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes, and Off-set Coys wheels.
‘Also included are service documents and receipts copies totaling over $27,000. This Custom Apache seamlessly blends its vintage silhouette with tasteful modern styling and performance upgrades. It is a highly desirable and well-equipped Custom Pickup that commands attention and is mechanically sound.
1959 Chevrolet Apache 3100 rear view
‘Midway through 1955 Chevrolet introduced its then all-new truck series. They were known as ‘Task Masters’ and, with the most car-like styling of any truck to date, pushed the envelope to new levels. They were the first of the mainstream trucks to eliminate external running boards, had car-like front fenders, wrap around windshields, and grilles similar to the iconic ’55 Chevy cars.
‘From Chevrolet there was not a hint of false modesty about the sexy new trucks they had emerging from their mid-1950s production line. ‘These,’ Chevy declared of the Apache’s slick, up-to-date styling, ‘are the best-looking truck cabs that ever came down the road!’
1959 Chevrolet Apache 3100 interior
‘Many enthusiasts prefer the large window in the 1959 model – the one we currently have – along with its subtle but attractive styling improvements. For 1959, Chevrolet made minor design changes to its popular light-duty Apache pickup truck, which included new interiors and a wider selection of colors to select from – an option of five different exterior colors.
‘The ‘wrap-around’ windshield, a truck industry first, had been introduced on Chevrolet’s pickup trucks in 1955. Power steering and power brakes became available for the first time on GM trucks. The electrical system was upgraded to 12 volts and 1955 was the only year for the 7-foot bed length. The following year, the trucks received a wider hood emblem. 1956 would be the final year for the egg crate grille. The open grille would be a one-year only design feature in 1957. The hood became flatter and featured two spears on top, in similar fashion to the timeless Chevrolet Bel Air.
‘1958 was the first year for the Fleetside bed. Also, the truck was given a significant redesign in the front. Four headlights were in the front instead of the prior year’s two-light setup. For 1959, one of the more visual changes was the larger and more ornate hood emblem. The badging on the fenders was also redesigned.
‘The Apache had ball-gear steering, large brakes, cast spoke or disc wheels, and high capacity front axles. There were tubeless tires, dual headlamps, and a parallel-design frame.
‘Six and eight cylinder engines were available, and many other options to accommodate small to large jobs.
‘In 1959 Chevrolet built its seven-millionth truck, including the Apache pickup we presently have for sale. Chevrolet pickups had been growing more civilized.
‘And what is in a name? For with the Apache we are thinking about the legendary native American tribe of fierce warriors and skillful strategists who fought the invading Spanish and Mexicans for centuries. And caused chaos in 19th century in the United States during the American-Indian wars. Considering the strength and integrity of the Apache, it is little surprise that Chevrolet selected that name for the truck launched by the marque in 1955.
‘The name that celebrates the 1959 beauty we currently have for sale at Beverly Hills Car Club.
-Alex Manos, Owner
Classic Chevy Truck Buyer Alex Manos

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