The Cameo was one of GM's most gifted ideas of the Fifties, a styled, well-equipped pickup truck that hauled loads but also passengers in style and comfort. It foreshadowed the El Camino and Ranchero sedans with pickup beds, but more importantly the luxurious pickup trucks that are today's most popular (and profitable) market segment. Who would have thought such an outrageous idea would become more than mainstream? The Cameo added a mid-level trim to the cab, iridescent two-tone paints, chrome trim, and fiberglass bed sides that integrated with the cab and continued Chevy's automobile motifs on a pickup platform. Introduced in 1955, by 1957 it was a trend even though production was on 2,242 units. This '57 3100 Cameo Carrier is resplendent in Bombay Ivory over Cardinal Red with matching interior. It is powered by a 283 cubic inch V-8 with 4-barrel carb, the same 220hp Power Pack V-8 that complimented Bel Air passenger cars, with automatic transmission. The highly finished wood bed floor has stainless steel bed strips; a radio and heater finish out the interior along with body color wheels with hubcaps and whitewall tires. It has been restored to high standards with sharp paint, thorough attention to details and a highly detailed engine compartment. It will attract attention like no new truck ever will and marks a watershed moment in the history of the American automobile industry. Few vehicles are more significant.
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