Live Auction Highlight – 1959 3/4 Ton GMC 150 Truck

Every Thursday on our social media platforms, we highlight an auction from the automotive auction website www.BringATrailer.com.   This month we are going to focus on the auction of a 1959 3/4 ton GMC 150 Truck with a NAPCO 4wd conversion.  

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We would classify this truck as a “survivor”.  The truck looks factory fresh with a few upgrades. This 1959 GMC 150 pickup is finished in tan and white over a matching interior and powered by a 270ci inline-six paired with a four-speed manual transmission and a NAPCO dual-range transfer case. Equipment includes a power take-off unit, white 16″ steel wheels, 4.56:1 gearing, quad headlights, and a vintage-style stereo. A refurbishment completed under prior ownership included repainting the body, rebuilding the driveline, and installing power brakes. The seller states the truck has only 1,200 original miles.

The NAPCO conversion is what sets this truck apart from the crowd.  “From 1956 to 1959 the NAPCO Power-Pak option could be ordered directly from GM (an official RPO 690 was assigned in 1957) and factory installed on trucks with very few modifications to the original chassis. The 1955 4×4 NAPCO GMC or Chevrolet was a $1250.00 to $1550.00 optional add on. The 1957 Chevrolet and GMC 3100 4×4 price was a bargain at $2549.00 compared to the earlier add-on kits. In 1960 NAPCO and GM parted ways when GM redesigned the front suspension on their 1960 pickup line so that it wasn’t easily compatible with the existing Power-Pak kits.” (Mueller, Mike (2004). Chevrolet Pickups)

Hagerty Insurance offers a free valuation tool on their website so we looked up this truck to see how it compared.  We would classify this truck as a #2 (Excellent) condition. “Excellent” vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 (Consours) vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.”

Hagerty Estimate: $40,000

BROTHERS Estimate: $42,500

Winning Bid: $37,000 (not including 5% buyers fee)

1 Comment

  • David Landreth says:

    Wow what a jewel, this truck is just different but in a good way. It show well and grabs your eye, it’s just clean, not overly done but not under done either. It does need a rear bumper mainly for protection don’t know that I’d put chrome on it, most likely painted. It would be nice to get out and drive, especially in a hayfield.

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