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In the Garage: 1957 Chevrolet 150 Business Sedan
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
1957 Chevrolet 150 Business Sedan owned by Ron Wozny
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
If Teddy Roosevelt had been a 1950s car guy when he uttered the words, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” his ride might have been this unprepossessing two-door. The 150 was a popular fleet vehicle with no back seat. But woe to those who challenged this version to a stoplight drag race, especially if they missed the diminutive “fuel injection” badge on the rear fender, a subtle sign of Corvette power under the hood. “With fixed rear windows, rubber floor covering and only a left-side sun visor,” says Wozny, “this base model was designed as a work vehicle.
This California-produced car came through without a heater. Talk about bare bones. But check off the ‘fuel injection’ box for a ‘whopping’ $480 and you have yourself one rare and unique vehicle. This was the first year that Chevy matched cubic inches with horsepower – 283/283 – and everyone took notice.” Similar factory cars went on to set records around the NASCAR race circuit.
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
He’s owned it twice since 2000.
WHERE HE FOUND IT
“It was located up in Maine,” he says. “The ad listed it as a rare heater-delete car. It was driver quality, with original rust-free body panels and new correct-color paint.”
“Finding a rust-free car that was produced in Oakland, California was a home run,” Wozny says, “especially when it was only a six-hour drive away. The car had the wrong interior, wrong tires and wheels, trim that didn’t belong and lots of incorrect add-ons.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“Owning and driving a classic is only half the fun,” he advises. “Doing the research, gaining knowledge, doing the legwork and getting under the hood is just as rewarding.”
“It’s difficult to put a value on a car when they are few and far between to compare,” Wozny says. “It’s safe to say they are worth what one is willing to pay.” The NADA Guides places a “high retail” value of $29,700 on a similar coupe with fuel injection.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“These classics are a labor of love,” he says. “This particular model catches lots of eyes because of its rarity. It’s a great escape, a great hobby.”