Chevrolet Cameo - 1955

The 1955 Chevrolet Cameo was the first pickup truck to merge luxury passenger car and pickup design. Featuring full styled sides along the load box, it was a forerunner to the 'styled side' series from GM and its competitors. The load box featured the standard box insert from the other Chev commercial series, and added the styled side in fibreglass, a low tooling cost solution, from from the supplier of the Corvette bodies (Molded Fiberglass Products Company).

 

The Cameo also featured six and Vee-eight cylinder engines of up to 265 cid but with lower power than the Passenger cars. The Cameo, as the premium offereing from Chevrolet Truck division, was well dressed in large chrome bumpers, grille and other trimings. The stylist was none other than Chuck Jordan who later became Vice President of Design.

 

The single colour scheme for 1955 was white body, with red detailing in the bed and interior. For 1956 the colour options were expanded, which nonetheless still resulted in significantly fewer sales.

 

As the name suggests, the Cameo only made a brief appearance on Chevrolet's sales list, ceasing at the end of 1958. They now comand a high premium among light truck collectors from this period.

 

This model has been created in Lego miniland scale for Flickr LUGNuts 38th build challenge "By Random Appointment" - where the build model is selected by the group administrators and assigned to builders in the manner of a commission.

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Taken on December 28, 2010