1954 Chevrolet 150 Handyman
1954 Chevrolet 150 Handyman Wagon
- Fully Restored
- Horizon Blue Paint
- Modern Driveline
- 350 V8 with 200R4 Transmission
- AC, Front Disc Brakes, New Tires
- Beautiful Example
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“Outstanding beauty and utility are yours in Chevrolet's lowest-priced station wagon. The six-passenger, all-steel body has four doors for extra convenience. And the rear seat folds to give you a wide, level floor for extra cargo.” -1954 Chevrolet magazine advertisement for the 150 Handyman model
The respected auction organization, Sotheby's, gave a good rundown on the Handyman model and its rarity: “The One-Fifty Special was mainly conceived as a fleet model, and therefore Chevrolet spent little marketing it to the average car buyer, though sales were not necessarily limited to fleets. It was most popular with police, state governments, small businesses, and economy-minded consumers. Ultimately, Chevrolet sold substantially fewer One-Fifties than Two-Tens or Bel Airs in every year of its life.”
How did the 150 differ from the 210 or the Bel Air? Sotheby's noted: “True to Chevrolet's vision, the One-Fifty was no-frills transportation. It had limited options, stark trim, solid colors, plain heavy duty upholstery, and rubberized flooring. Small things like ashtrays, cigarette lighters, and even mirrors were extra cost options. Compared to the mid-level Two-Ten or premium Bel Air, the One-Fifty was stark and unadorned, perfect for the customizers of the day.” That's apparently still true.
Offered here is a beautifully and completely restored 1954 Handyman 150 that's also been lightly and tastefully modified for aesthetics and today's drivability, safety, and comfort. The Horizon blue-over-white color scheme is period correct and perfectly applied. The finish is uniformly glossy and the color combination is captivating. Chrome--including the bespoke '54 grille, “Dagmar” bumpers fore and aft, hubcaps, headlight and taillight trim, door handles, dual-exhaust tips, and cabin-surround trim--is in exceptional condition. Original emblems are present and properly located, including the early Chevrolet coat-of-arms badge in front, and the script “Chevrolet” on the tailgate. Rear-fender skirts add to the look of the wagon. Cabin glass, mirrors, and lighting lenses are clear and un-cracked.
Inside, the color scheme continues beautifully. The steel dash is painted in the blue-and white body colors, with chrome enhancements, notably the speaker grille. Updated instruments including a Sun Pro tachometer, and auxiliary water-temperature, oil pressure, and voltmeter are installed (below the dash), as are controls for the air conditioning system added during the renovation. The round 110-mph speedometer directly faces the driver through the white steering wheel sporting its bow-tie logo. The glove box conceals a modern Pioneer audio head unit. Deep navy blue cabin carpeting is protected by rubber floor mats. Two rows of bench seats and four doors are upholstered in white-and-blue vinyl. A floor mounted B&M t-shifter controls the automatic transmission. A properly installed white fabric headliner covers the cabin and rear cargo areas. Flat wood trim graces the cargo-facing rear seatback and the tailgate.
Under the hood, the upgrading continues in the form of a 350 cubic-inch Chevrolet V8 mated to a 200R4 automatic transmission, installed just 5,300 miles back. All associated components are properly installed in the well-ordered and tidy engine bay. Underneath the car, the chassis is similarly tidy with dual exhaust pipes running the length of the car. Modern disc brakes are installed on all four wheels.
While the more than 145 high-definition photographs of the car taken from every angle, including from underneath, faithfully represent this perfectly resto-modded Handyman 150, a car this special deserves to be inspected up-close. For that reason, as well as to fully appreciate the visual delight of this remarkable automobile, we encourage in-person visits to our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. We ask only that an advance appointment be arranged by phone or email. Our showroom is not open to the public, so your appointment helps ensure you have our full attention during your visit.
With only 5,000 miles driven since the car's build was completed, there's almost no limit to the number of fall cruise drives, cars-and-coffee gatherings, and moonlight family drives ahead for the next owner of this one-of-a-kind resto-mod. Perhaps this vintage Chevy will become the property of a retail business with livery added in a period style, or maybe it will become a summer hauler at some resort. Regardless, the miles and the smiles down whatever roads it travels will make this bit of Chevrolet history a lifetime treasure.