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Hot Rods Low to No Optioned Cars

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Troublemaker427, Nov 1, 2018.

  1. Heres a pretty bare & standard Studebaker beeing offered for sale locally. Actually looks like a nice :cool::cool:oddball car.
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  2. Boryca
    Joined: Jul 18, 2011
    Posts: 663

    from Detroit

    Options! Psh... I'm lucky I have a rear-view mirror in my '35. :D:rolleyes:
  3. jazz1
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,479


    My '48 Chev sedan delivery had 4 delete plates in dash. I still have 2 of the plates. One for radio, one unknown, one for clock and another for roach tray.
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  4. I had a 1961 Buick two door sedan. The only option was the automatic transmission. No, it didn't have a radio. I was told that it was a doctor's car that he used for house calls. Try getting a doctor to make a house call today.
  5. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,436


    My 37 Chevy p/u is the lowest optioned vehicle I ever owned,it was ordered as a cab and chassis and nothing else.
  6. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,701

    from oregon

    I'll just paint a picture of what I would have ordered in 1965 (hint, it's not a 65).
    Sorry, no photo, it wouldn't stay posted long anyway.
    Base Chevyll two door sedan.
    Check only three option boxes.
    1) RPO L79 327 350 HP engine.
    2) RPO M20 (Muncie) four speed transmission.
    3) 4.56 positraction differential.
    Stir gently and hold on!
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  7. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,649


    This thread just triggered a memory. As a kid, the neighbor was a friend of dad's. Really frugal guy, a banker. His wife's car:
    '71 Nova 2 door, not the total rock bottom car but close. Not the 4 cyl, but 6, 3 speed on the tree, no carpet, radio, extras at all. The ugly, almost school bus yellow including the wheels, poverty caps, blackwalls. No trim at all.
  8. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 1,446

    from Napa

    57 Courier Sedan Delivery, bought it from the original owners- the gal rode home in it in the fall of 56 when her dad bought it. Corinthian White, 223- treeonnatree, original dog dishes and the el cheapo heater

    Base Fairlane wagon, like the NHRA 427 cars were built from- Six and the tree and not much else. This one's for sale


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  9. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,085

    from ohio

    We had the greatest old neighbor lady when I was growing up, like another Grandma to me and my brother. She called herself old fashioned because her cars were always the cheapest 6 cyl. Chevys with standard transmissions, no radio, carpet, power any thing, black walls, poverty caps and she always bought them when they were 4 or 5 years old. The ones I remember were a 47, a 52, a 57, a 62 and the last one before she passed away floored me. In 1969 she pulled in our drive way in a 66 Biscayne, I walked out to look it over and there on the front fenders were 396 emblems. The car was her normal 3 on the tree, no options except heater I told her she had kind of a hot rod there, she said some one told her the new 6 cyl Chevy engines were not as good as the old ones so she should get a V8. I asked her how she liked it and she said it would really get down the road but it sure was hard on gas! The 66 went to her grandson after she died and he had it a few months before he totaled it. Thanks for the memories. I had not thought of her or her plain jane Chevys in a long time.
  10. bowtie56jw
    Joined: Aug 2, 2010
    Posts: 214


    My 57 chevy came with a 6 banger and a power slide, also a deluxe heater and thats it.
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  11. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,677


    In 1964, the new Chevelle El Camino came out to the Chevy dealers. They were the latest step in getting back the old original 1959 style El Camino. The new look was now in the Chevelle line up and a bit more modern with most of the Chevelle extras, except for the new 396 c.i. motor. It was a nice design and looks. The new thing was built in from the factory, longer air shocks for the rear. The inlet was inside of the cabin behind the passenger side seatback. That helped, since the market was for the working class larger truck users, but wanted something better inside, like a sedan.

    Since most trucks were bare bones at the time, (not like the 60k extra laden pick ups of today) this new El Camino could be ordered just like a sedan or wagon. The chassis was based on the wagon and had an extra panel in the bed of the El Camino. Not until later, did custom car guys use that area for hidden storage. The factory should have made that removable panel usable with a locking latch.

    The first El Camino that showed up were the extra laden ones with A/C, auto trans, new seating choices, like bucket seats and power everything including windows, brakes, and steering. It was a “No more driving a TRUCK.”


    My next door neighbor drove up with a new Sea Foam Green El Camino. We immediately looked at it, up and down. One thing I noticed was the bare bones interior, the color coordinated rims and small hubcaps as well as a 6 cylinder motor. The interior did not have carpeting, but the standard rubber floor mats on a black coated floor surface. When I asked what the air valve was, sticking out of the behind the seat panel, they told me it was for the air shocks. We were impressed.

    When we asked our teenage neighbor about the extras, he mentioned that his dad bought the car specifically for work and did not need all of the power and extras. Just a basic form of truck bed style pick up with the looks of a car. Or was it a car that looked like a truck with the bed in the back? The three speed transmission and 6 cylinder was all he needed for his work truck. There were times that I saw the back lowered with the nose in the air. He forgot to put air in the shocks and had to load a bunch of stuff in the back.
    upload_2019-8-25_3-55-59.png This similar model had the extra thin white wall tires as an option. My neighbor’s El Camino was a bare bones low to no optioned work truck.
    Since I was in my last year of the 58 Impala ownership, I liked the look of my friends 62 Chevy Biscayne 409 that was painted and set up in a similar, no frills style. I envisioned a high performance 327 c.i. 300 hp V8, a 4 speed and Positraction for my El Camino order. We also needed it for our newly found desert motorcycle racing adventures. But first, I had to sell my 58 Impala in order to buy the new El Camino within the year. This order was not going to be a bare bones El Camino, but had to have the creature comforts included.

    The 396 C.I. motors were on Chevelles, but not for the El Camino in 1965. My friend purchased a new 1966 4 speed model with a 396 C.I. was so much faster and it was so much more than my 1965 El Camino.

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