After many years in storage this 1959 Kingswood has been resurrected and is looking for a new owner. There’s plenty to like about this wagon beginning with the fact that it looks to be very original and intact. The list of options is impressive beginning with a numbers matching 348 mated with a turboglide transmission, 3rd row seating, power steering, padded dash. two speed wipers, a functioning power rear window and a rare and complete luggage rack. Found on Ebay in Santa Rosa, California the starting bidding was at $15,200 with the reserve unmet on the first day of the auction posting.
The body looks to be very straight although a few minor rust spots are reported. The chrome and trim pieces look to be in good shape and intact. Correct bias tires were added and really pop in the pictures. With the giant sweeping bat fins and the cat eye tail lights, there’s no mistaking a 1959 Chevy! I’ve always thought it must have been difficult to execute some of the outrageous 50’s designs into the wagons but GM did a great job with the 1959 Chevy.
The mostly original Aspen green paint has a fantastic patina but for me this car is a perfect candidate for what should be a relatively easy restoration.
The ‘deck’ of the massive fins look like they could double as an aircraft carrier. Note how the seat pattern mimics the fins. The tailgate panel looks to be in great shape indicating little use of the third seat or cargo area. The seller indicates that the interior is original and in excellent shape with a few minor tears. The padded dash is also said to be free of any cracks. As good as it looks I’d love to see more detailed interior pictures.
The odometer sits at 70,000 and is no longer working but it’s hard to believe the miles are too much higher. The matching numbers 348 V8 will give plenty of power. Much of the engine bay looks original but a newly painted engine and valve covers is evident. There is also a new period correct battery. In 1959 Chevy built 210,000 station wagons but given the nature of how they were used it’s hard to believe that too many exist with a with the options and originality of this Kingswood. I expect there will be plenty of interest in this one.