Auburn Fall | Lot 2080

1959 Chevrolet Apache 3600 NAPCO 4×4

$32,450 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana

2 September 2021

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  • A unique and desirable NAPCO Apache conversion recently refurbished and believed to have been originally ordered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, according to the identification plate affixed to its dashboard
  • Northwestern Auto Parts Company (NAPCO), out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, began offering “Power-Pak” 4x4 conversion kits for General Motors trucks in the 1950s; by the late fifties they were being supplied directly to GM and installed on the assembly line as a factory option
  • This example is said to have been in South Dakota prior to the South Bend, Indiana-based consignor acquiring it
  • Finished in Yukon Yellow with Bombay Irory trim over a black interior
  • Powered by 3.9-liter inline six-cylinder engine paired with a four-speed manual transmission
  • Equipped with NAPCO Power-Pak four-wheel drive and lifted suspension
  • Recent, extensive cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment under current ownership
  • Body panels were replaced or refurbished as needed, having been sandblasted or stripped and rewelded in place before being repainted; cab corners and step wells were replaced, along with weather stripping, fender welts, and rubber stops; new wood bed installed; interior was disassembled and refinished and repainted; fenders and step wells were undercoated; rear bumper refinished in black
  • Engine work included completely rebuilding the cylinder head—with milling work, new valves, valve seats, and ARP fasteners—the cooling system was refurbished with a new water pump and radiator
  • Rides on black painted steel wheels; includes side-mounted spare
  • Said to be in excellent running condition and driven to the auction house

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