After the Cameo: 1959 Chevrolet Apache Fleetside Double Deluxe

For one year only, 1959, the successor to the dressed-up Chevy Cameo pick up was the Apache Fleetside Double Deluxe. When you took a Fleetside and gave it both a deluxe-trimmed bed as well as a deluxe-trimmed cab you had yourself – you guessed it – a Double Deluxe (sounds like the name of a Chocolate Chip cookie). This mostly original ’59 Apache in DD trim can be found in Boxford, MA and here on eBay where the current bid is $29,999, but there is no reserve to contend with. You don’t see these around every day.

Until 1955, Chevrolet truck production was called the Advance Design Series. The trucks were upgraded and redesigned that year and took on the Task Force Series moniker through 1959. Important upgrades included a 12-volt electrical system, Chevy’s first optional V-8 engine in 40 years and smooth-sided beds call Fleetsides (starting in 1958). In addition, they now sported wrap-around windshields, a first in the pickup world. While Chevy built more than 353,000 trucks in 1959 (the year of the seller’s edition), we don’t know how many were the glamorous Double Deluxe. That order got you a deluxe Fleetside bed featuring full length stainless trim that ended with scallops. And the passenger compartment was also gussied up in the form of a chrome trim outline around the back window, side window glass, and the windshield, and came with chrome dash knobs, a chrome grill and chrome bumper. Sources: Wikipedia and MyRod.

As we can piece together from the listing, the seller has owned this 1959 Apache for many moons and when it wasn’t used on the farm, it’s been inside the garage. The two-tone white/orange paint is original, and no doubt looked mighty attractive back in the day, but patina is in charge now. We’re told it has some rust in the “normal corners” such as the rear of the cab. New cab corners will come with the truck if the buyer is inclined to replace them. We’re told the frame and undercarriage look good and the seller removed some of the trim pieces (was he planning a restoration?) and they will come along in a box.

There is new wood in the bed of the truck and the seller has replaced the front bed panel, saving the original if the buyer wants it. There also is the occasional dent or ding to be found walking around the truck, not unusual for a work horse that has seen at least 100,000 miles. The seller has made some repairs and upgrades that are noteworthy, not the least of which are a new heater, power disc brakes, new radiator and hoses, fuel pump, new wiper motor and a tune-up and oil change, The interior has been treated to a new original upholstery kit and other interior innards, although there is only one photo of that area provided.

Despite the mileage, the seller tells us that the original motor and transmission have never been out of the truck. This one came with the 235 cubic inch inline-six with a 3-speed on the column. We’re told it runs and shifts like new with zero leaks or smoke. To add further to the truck’s originality, the factory assembly line chalk marks are still present on the firewall and under the battery tray. The clutch is also original and is said to work fine.

The seller’s asking price seems high for an old truck, but if you search online, you’ll find Apache’s similar to this one going for north of $50,000. But, of course, they’re in better condition. The buyer will have a tough decision to make when he gets the truck home: either fix the rust and leave the rest alone or go for a full exterior restoration. But they’re only original once, so the prevailing argument might be to do nothing. Our thanks to Patrick S. for sending this tip our way!

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Comments

  1. Phlathead Phil

    Wow! A 59DD. That’s a mouthful!!!

    Like 18
  2. Had Two

    Very nice ’59 Apache Deluxe!…..but where are the interior
    pics? Only the seat recovered….Dash pics? Floor, ceiling,
    vent windows pics……..M.I.A.

    Like 6
  3. Rex Kahrs Member

    Nice looking truck, the straight 6 is perfect.

    Like 3
  4. Ray

    56 F100 had the wraparound windshield first.

    Like 4
    • Truman

      55 Chevy (2nd series) had it first

      Like 3
    • bob

      Chev. had wraparound windshield in ‘ 55 .

      Like 4
  5. Will Fox

    It amazes me how high prices have climbed for certain old pickups……wow!

    Like 3
  6. Joe Haska

    This is definitely a very nice and rare truck, in super condition, with all the original pieces. I had one of these and found out very quickly, how rare some of the trim is. The spears and the script on the side, is made out of a very rare alloy known, by the trade name of “Un-Obtainable”. I have no doubt that this truck will sell for what a lot of people, will consider “Un-Obtainable”. However,some wealthy lucky person will get a fantastic truck.

    Like 1
  7. Johnmloghry Johnmloghry Member

    Knee knockers is another term used for wrap around windshields, as you had to be careful exiting the vehicle or you’d ban get your knee on the overhang. A 59 was gifted to me in about 1983, but I don’t remember it being a double D model although it did look like this one. A lot of water under the bridge since then and my memory is not as good as it used to be. I surely hope this truck gets a full museum quality restoration because it needs to be preserved for prosperity purposes.
    God bless America

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  8. princeofprussia

    Wouldn’t take much to make this absolutely stunning! I love these old trucks!

    Like 2
  9. HC

    What a beauty! I bought a place for my shop about 5 yrs ago and the mechanic previous owner had a 58 Apache in back by his old shop. Too far gone to try and work on. Only thing I could salvage would be instrument cluster and maybe the hood.

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  10. R.Lee

    I am not much on concours restorations but this truck is one that needs the right person to bring back the truck to as new factory condition.

    Plus the value is there to do a museum type restoration provided that the lower kick panels, and rockers are still there. This truck has the common rust areas, but I see original metal that can be used every day.

    Seems to be a great candidate for for restoration. The mechanical parts to fix what has been altered are everywhere also as many trucks are upgraded with newer equipment and can be had for a case of beer.

    Too bad a 283 is not present. But I have that too.

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