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1957 Townsmen wagon

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ghastly, Nov 26, 2007.

  1. Ghastly
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    Does anyone know the production #'s for a 1957 townsmen 2 door wagon? Are they worth anything?
     
  2. low budget
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  3. Brad54
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    If I remember correctly, the Townsman 2dr is a 210-model, post wagon. The Handyman is the 150 version.
    The handyman is the 3rd lowest production of the three years, behind Nomad and 150 2dr business coupe. (Been a long time since I looked that up though).
    Worth anything from a rarity standpoint? Not particularly...there are a lot more "desirable" cars, like the Nomad, convertible, 150 business coupes, 2dr bel air, etc.
    From a cool standpoint, they're great; wagon are hot, 2dr wagons are always hot. If the price is right, get it--you won't see a sea of them at the cruises and shows.
    -Brad
     
  4. Boones
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    if its solid and a 2 door its worth saving. (hell a 4 door is if its solid)
     
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  5. arkiehotrods
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    Townsman wagons were four doors. There is no '57 2 dr Townsman. The 2 dr wagons, except Nomad, were Handyman wagons.

    The Handyman 2 dr wagon came in two trim levels, 150 and 210. The Townsman 4 dr wagon came in two trim levels, 210 and Bel-Air.

    Production is as follows:
    150 2 dr Handyman 14,740
    210 2 dr Handyman 17, 528
    210 4 dr Townsman 127,803
    Bel-Air 4 dr Townsman 27,375

    My source for information is The Encyclopedia of American Cars, 1930-1990.
     
  6. PeteFromTexas
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    Why do people do this shit? Why just automatically send someone to another board?

    Sorry had to bitch...

    I was going to tell you what arkiehotrods said but he beat me to it.
     
  7. belair
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    It is certainly worth getting. My dad has a one, put Belair trim on it, lowered 2 inches, no vent windows, and it is a great looking car. He calls it his "Nearmad". Jump on it, man.
     
  8. low budget
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    Why do people do this shit??? post just to bitch........my post was probably more helpful than yours:confused: ........................:)
     
  9. Ghastly
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    The car has a title weight of 2900. My 2 door sedan weighs more than that. How can that be? He say that is it shorter than a 150 or 210 2 door wagon. It has no motor or trans and is pretty rough. He has owned it for 23 years and wants $1,000. He has a 4 door in worse shape for $500.
     
  10. arkiehotrods
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    Do you have some pictures of it? All Chevrolet passenger cars in '57 had a 115" wheelbase. They're the same length. Did the guy take a 4 dr Townsman and shorten it into a 2 door?

    The Handyman wagon weight, according to the book I referenced above is 3406 (both 150 and 210). The Townsman wagon weight was 3460 (both 210 and Bel-Air). The Nomad weight 3465.

    No full-size '57 Chevy (meaning everything but Corvette) weighed under 3163 which was the weight of a 150 2 dr Utility sedan (no backseat).

    According to the latest Old Cars Price Guide (Dec 2007 issue) the bottom dollar (parts car) price on a 57 2 dr wagon is in the $800 range.
     
  11. JamesG
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    arkiehotrods the man, man.:cool:
     
  12. Ghastly
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    I think this guy just wants to make this car sound like more than it is. The four door is just a four door and the 2 door is not a shortened 4 door. He really doesn't know what he is talking about. I did see the title and it says 2900 for the weight.
     
  13. arkiehotrods
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    Sometimes when people at the DMV change a title over, and there is no weight listed, they'll pull out a chart or book and pick a weight out off a list to put on the new title. I've seen it happen more than once. It's possible, even likely, that's the case here, as factory published weights are what I posted above.

    It would be worth getting. Long roofs are cool (not that I'm biased!) and a '57 would be for sure. It would make a nice stable mate for your 2 dr. A friend of mine had a 57 210 Handyman two door for many years, and when he finally traded it for a 66 GTO, he regretted his momentary lapse of judgment. He also spent a lot of time explaining to people that it wasn't a Nomad.
     
  14. Ghastly
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    I'm going back to take another look at it today. Thanks for all your input. I would really like to get a wagon this one may be too far gone for my skill level.
     

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