The mid 1950s were not only great years for Chevrolet cars, but the truck designs are among the most desirable as well. The 1957 Suburban and panel van models are certainly hard to find. Now add a factory installed NAPCO four wheel drive system and you’ve got yourself a whole lot of hard to find.
This big 1957 Chevy 4×4 brute is rusty, but not rusted out. One of those finds where you just leave that au-natural finish on this one ton Chevy panel just as you found it. Someone unfortunately cut a porthole in the passenger side and supposedly there’s another hole cut in the top where a chimney used to poke though as well, but it’s not photographed. Seller says it was a former Colorado mining and surveying vehicle. I can certainly picture this old 4×4 panel van crawling around the mountains of Colorado with a couple of guys in back throwing kindling in a wood burner to stay warm.
I am just a sucker for anything with a NAPCO stamped axle and this Chevy one ton is no exception. The seller says it has the original inline six cylinder and it runs good. He added brand new 17.5 inch wheels with what look like original spec bias ply tires. The only downside to this NAPCO panel van is it’s way out on the left coast (La Canada Fintridge, California) and has a pretty hefty asking price somewhere north of $15,000. That said, tell me the last time you saw a one ton 1957 Chevy NAPCO panel van. Right. Never.