This 1957 Chevy 210 “Handy Man” Station Wagon was custom built by Jesse James as a promotional vehicle for West Coast Choppers. It was on display for several years at the National Motorcycle Museum and now is going to be auctioned during the Mecum’s Kansas City, Missouri Sale. (December 6 to 8 2012). The car will be on the auction block Friday December 7 at 3:05 pm local time.
James began with a very solid 1957 two-door wagon retaining its incredibly fine stock, original factory deluxe interior and straight six engine with three speed, column shift transmission. But it’s the paint, (especially on the roof!) and what’s in the trunk that counts with this car.
A powerful hydraulic ram system, independent at each corner of the car, allows any combination of ride height and rake. All the chromed out suspension operating equipment is racked in the luggage area, all on view through the rear windows.
Base mint green paint is new. Violet-purple flames with pin-stripes all new. Straight pull chrome wire wheels and narrow white walls are in excellent condition. Car runs and drives fine and was registered in 2012, now shows only 65,470 miles on the odometer.
Production records show less than 18,000 of this 1957 Chevy Handyman model were built. A prime year for Chevrolet design, this car will always serve as a reminder of Jesse James’ flare for customizing and of his now defunct company West Coast Choppers. For more information from the owner, call Jeff at 319 480 2572. Mecum Auction Website.