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1959 CHEVROLET BROOKWOOD CUSTOM WAGON

1959 CHEVROLET BROOKWOOD CUSTOM WAGON

1959 CHEVROLET BROOKWOOD CUSTOM WAGON

Offered at the January 21-29, 2023, Scottsdale Auction with No Reserve:

This fully custom 1959 Chevrolet 2-door Brookwood wagon was one of only 20,760 produced in 1959, with a fresh build completed in 2022. It is powered by a LS3 480hp engine mated to a 4L60E transmission. Updates to the car include a highly detailed engine compartment, including a smooth firewall, custom wheel wells, dual radiator fan shrouds, a core support and radiator cover, a one-off 348 air cleaner, one-off Offenhauser Brookwood valve covers and one-off hood hinges. This was a 12-year project. The build of the chassis was completed by Aaron Iha in Covina, CA; the body and paint were finished by Acosta’s Baldwin Park; and the interior was completed by Ron Magnus at Hot Rod Interiors in Yucaipa, CA. This car was televised on “Bitchin’ Rides” Season 8 Episode 3, received the Kindig’s Builder Choice Award, and has been in the Top 10 Picks at multiple Goodguys shows. It was the Goodguys Del Mar Fuel Pick, featured on a Goodguys 2022 event T-shirt, was a 2021 SEMA featured vehicle and the 2022 First Place winner of the Grand National Roadster Show’s Radical Class. The car has had Mother’s Polishes and Wilwood Brakes sponsorships.

The highly detail chassis features a fully custom, one-off boxed and curved frame hidden behind the 4-inch channeled floors and rockers. It features one-off lower and upper triple-plated control arms, a one-off 9-inch independent rear suspension with floating big Wilwood disc brakes, a fully polished stainless-steel exhaust that includes MagnaFlow mufflers, a custom stainless-steel gas tank that matches the roof lines, all-electrical smooth floors, and the brake and fuel lines were hidden.

The wagon is finished in R-M BASF subtle two-tone paint that reflects off all the triple-plated show chrome. The exterior underwent 14 body modifications, including receiving 4-inch channeled floors, slanted B-pillars, one piece of glass behind the B-pillar, custom 1956 Nomad trim, shaved and channeled bumpers, a frenched-in rear bumper, shaved rain gutters and a tubbed rear end. It also has a stretched and filled front lower valance, a modified front license plate housing, a stretched and filled rear roll pan, shaved tailgate hinges, shaved modified lower rockers, double-enforced inner front fender wheel wells, a detailed bottom side of the hood and a one-off set of hood hinges.

The interior features modified glide bucket seats, Alcantara leather, original-style 1959 plaid inserts, floor mats, a custom door and luggage trim. The interior also includes a Mercedes carpet, a Vintage Air system with tasteful and original 1959 Chevrolet air conditioning vents, power windows that include power wind wings and a power tailgate window. The exterior displays a MadMooks polished stainless-steel door and a tailgate latch. It is equipped with a one-off set of Classic Instrument gauges. The sound system includes an original 1959 radio converted to include Bluetooth, a Kenwood amplifier, two 10-inch Kenwood subwoofers, four 6×9-inch Kenwood speakers and a two-tone dash with dividing chrome skinny trim. Rides on an AccuAir E-Level ride system with Schott 20-inch and 22-inch Tomahawk wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZ4 tires.