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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 27th – 31st, 2016 at Russo and Steele’s 16th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Launched on March 25, 1955, the new “Task Force Series” of light-duty GM pickup trucks were increasingly more stylish and carefully improved with each model year, clearly benefiting from the excellent styling of Chevrolet’s passenger-car lines. Offered through 1959, the Task Force Series ushered in modern 12-volt electrical systems and Chevrolet’s first V-8 light-duty truck engines, initially displacing 265 cubic inches and upsized to 283 cubes by 1957. A new “wrap-around” windshield, a GM Motorama-inspired industry first, was matched on Deluxe pickups with wraparound rear windows. Running boards were now discreetly hidden beneath the cab doors, and power steering and power brakes were now available for the first time. The limited-production, high-style Cameo Carrier debuted for 1955 and with its smooth fiberglass rear fenders and upscale bright trim, made the lumpy, old-fashioned “Stepside” cargo beds seem ancient in comparison.
Naturally, the stylistic attributes of the Cameo have made them a perfect canvas for skilled customizers and hot rodders, and this example from 1957 is certainly no exception. Thoroughly modernized underneath, it features full polished and plated ‘C4’ Corvette front and rear suspension systems, Air Ride, and Corvette brakes with polished, cross-drilled rotors, dual remote power boosters and pump. Incredible power is provided by a 427 ZL1 aluminum engine block topped with Brodix cylinder head and a BDS 8-71 blower with fuel delivered by Hilborn fuel injection, combustion fires lit by an MSD electronic ignition system, and spent gases removed with Sanderson headers feeding a 3-inch custom exhaust exiting through the rear bumper, fully thermo-coated and polished. As expected, this engine combination has been dyno-tested at a mammoth 700-plus peak horsepower rating. The Cameo also features an abundance of custom-milled parts, including the valve covers, brackets, clamps, linkages, and more, plus a polished drive shaft. The transmission is a GM 4L80E unit, equipped with a Compu-Shift controller, B&M trans cooler; and Lokar shifter.
The Cameo’s interior is a custom work of art, trimmed in imported European leather, including a one-piece headliner, plus a custom dash and gauge insert panel. Directional control is via an Ididit steering column with a Borgenson all-stainless steel T-Bird rack.
Incredible one-off custom tweaks abound, including special trim and ‘ZL1’ badges, one-off stainless-steel fuel tank, one-piece door glass with no vents, the hood cut and flanged for the BDS “shotgun” injection system, and a rear tail light converted for access to the fuel filler. The engine compartment is beautifully smoothed, painted, and polished, and a false floor incorporates tin pans covering the air-conditioning lines, plus custom pans under the cab. Polished urethane black and grey paint, custom Oak cargo-bed flooring with stainless strips, and Foose wheels finish off this awesome build incorporating over 5,000 man-hours of craftsmanship. Following completion, the Cameo was a multiple award-winner at Pomona’s world famous Grand National Roadster Show, and it was selected for “Blackie” Gejeian’s Invitation Only Show in Fresno, California. Other show wins and multiple Goodguys pro picks round out this awesome custom pickup’s accolades. As if that was not enough, this stunning custom ride was also featured in Truckin’ Magazine.