That’s a Cameo? This is a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo Custom, and I mean custom. This is a rolling work of art and may be a love-it-or-hate-it vehicle. It’s listed on eBay with bids reaching over $25,000 and the reserve isn’t met. This custom is in Trenton, New Jersey. The Cameo was built between 1955 and 1958 in limited numbers (1,452 in 1956) and there could be a debate as to if such a low-production vehicle should ever be customized like this. But, once a person buys a vehicle they’re free to do anything with it that they see fit, whether we agree with it or not.
There’s something cool about this truck. Actually, there are a lot of things that are cool about this truck. Whether you’re in the love or hate camp, the work that has been done looks like it’s top-notch and has been done by a professional shop. The details are very well done here, nicely-finished and they were soooooo close to finishing it. I have to wonder why another month wasn’t spent in totally finishing this truck and then it would have brought top dollar. This Cameo has a “full custom pro street frame. 4 link with coilovers. Mustang II IFS with air ride. Strong arm A arms. Disc brakes.” They also have all of the cameo trim moldings and they were rechromed. Not to mention that Chevy snub-nose front clip.
I wonder why the top wasn’t chopped? Or maybe that was next on the list. I sort of like it sticking out there like a beacon compared to the rest of the work that’s been done. It has sort of a cartoon look, and I mean that as a compliment. Normally, as most of you know, I’m a keep-things-bone-stock guy, but I love this one. I think it’s a combination of the overall look of the truck and the impeccable craftsmanship that has been done on it. This is not a quicky shadetree mechanic project. There’s a “Ford 9 inch Strange Rear. New 33×21.5 tires with E.T. Wheels. New wiring and brakes.” For a refresher, here’s what a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo normally looks like.
This really looks like nice work to me, but I’ve never done any work even close to this so I don’t know anything other than what I think looks good to me. Some of you have done work like this, what do you think? You can see that it’s not 100% done, the details like the suicide doors will need to be finished and I would have loved to see this shop finish this Cameo. But, now the price will be less and you can finish it!
Yes, this truck will move out, thank you very much. That’s not the ubiquitous SBC there, that’s a “409/500 HP dual quads pro built by Gibbs Racing.” It’s backed by a TH400 TCI racing transmission. I have a feeling that those wicked huge rear wheels will light up on command. I’m normally an original or restored-to-original-specs vehicle person, but I love this custom Cameo. It’s a work of art, in my opinion, and one that a person could actually use. I have no idea what the price will be on this one, $30,000? $40,000? More?