1955 Chevy Cameo Is the Restomod of Our Dreams

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Chevy Cameo

Even one of the most beautiful trucks ever built can benefit from a few tasteful upgrades.

We here at Chevrolet Forum are obviously huge fans of the Chevy Cameo pickup. Mostly because it’s quite the stunner to look at. But the stylized version of Chevy’s venerable 50s pickup was more than a little ahead of its time. As a result, folks were a little slow to catch on. Which of course means that not very many of these beautiful trucks were produced or sold.

Chevy Cameo

The mere sight of a Chevy Cameo today, of any vintage, is rare. And most of the time, the ones you do come across are pristine and restored back to their original glory. That, however, isn’t the case with this particular 1955 Chevy Cameo pickup. Because the owner actually had the guts to build a restomod version of the world’s original sports truck.

Chevy Cameo

According to the ad over at Vanguard Motor Sales, no expense was spared on this build. And we believe it. First, the original drivetrain was ditched in favor of a 6.0 liter LS2 and 4L70E automatic transmission. A modern coil spring front/leaf spring rear suspension brings the old truck closer to the earth. Finally, the painted steel wheels wrapped in Cooper Cobra radials gives the truck a retro hot rod look.

Chevy Cameo

But perhaps the best thing about this Chevy Cameo is the fact that they didn’t go overboard with mods. Aside from the modern power and highway friendly 3.00 rear gears, much of the original character remains. The iconic Bombay Ivory White and Cardinal Red paint cover the original fiberglass fenders and bodywork. Heck, they even left the oft-deleted filler cap intact.

So while purists might scoff, we can certainly appreciate the fact that one person on this planet eschewed convention and built the Chevy Cameo we would want to own. And they didn’t go so far that this 50s beauty queen can’t be returned to original. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.


Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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