Rare Chevy Sedan Delivery, Boss 302, and a Mercury 1 ton pickup | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 51

In this episode of "Barn Find Hunter," Tom Cotter satisfies Willie Vinton, curator as well as manager of the Fountainhead Antique Auto Gallery, in Fairbanks, Alaska. Willie invites Tom to his aircraft hangar, where he keeps a number of vehicles. Among them takes place to be especially uncommon– a 1947 Mercury 1-ton pick-up. Yet Tom is in for an also rarer reward. On the opposite side of the airport terminal, concealed away in a storehouse, rests a 1957 Chevy sedan distribution– with home windows. Sit back as well as enjoy the flight as Tom dives into the details of these 2 uncommon monsters.

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46 Replies to “Rare Chevy Sedan Delivery, Boss 302, and a Mercury 1 ton pickup | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 51”

    1. Very true. When Tom said that he couldn’t find a price for it, because of its rarity, I thought: “You can’t put a price on sentimental value”. It’d be nice if that guy can restore it, and if I were him, I’d get a personalised plate with his brother’s name on it.

  1. The 1956 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery (one piece tailgate w/windows) like the 57 in this video, used to transport Cary Grant from Mt. Rushmore (in North By Northwest) becomes a 1956 Chevrolet station wagon (two piece tailgate w/ windows) when he arrives at his meeting with Eve Kendall in the woods. The meeting with Eve was on a sound stage while the Mt. Rushmore scene was at the actual park. These vehicles were so rare that they apparently couldn’t get another sedan delivery for the sound stage scene, probably filmed in California.

    1. Yep, I remember the trailer lights mounted on the top of the quarters on that one. I’ve seen a couple with rear glass on only one side, the Air Force had them, I’ve heard them called ‘Jet Chasers’.

    1. I traded a ’62 Ford F100 Unibody two years ago for a ’68 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55 to my nephew, we love our trades.

    2. @Dash-n-Cars There are also Mercury trucks based on the Econoline cab over trucks. Same thing with Dodge,we had Fargo trucks and a Fargo cab over based on the A100

    1. Peter Lundquist yeah I knew that. At first I thought it had the ‘95 gills on it. After watching it several more times it looks like the original gills now.

  2. Even as an Aussie, living in Japan. I eagerly await every time a new barn find hunter comes out! Thankyou Tom and the crew! big big big respect!

  3. Tom I owned a 55 Chevy 150 Workman’s Wagon. It was a 2 door. Had it back in the mid 80’s. Man do I wish that I could get that one back.

    1. I had one as well Clinton. There was a guy in my college (1970) that had a killer ’55 Sedan Delivery with a V8. It was a high dollar build that I could never afford, but I fell in love with it. A year later I was driving home when I saw a ’55 Chevy wagon sitting under a tree. The owner was an insurance salesman that I knew, but I had never seen this car. Long story short it was a 2-dr station wagon 6-cylinder 3-on-the-tree with 150 trim and a radio block out. It had been sitting there under the tree next to his house for a year or two. I ended up giving him $150 for the car, picked up a new battery at Western Auto, splashed a little gas to prime the carburetor and drove it home. I added a radio, cassette player and a Hurst Shifter and drove it for about 15 years. It was a great road car, so I named it Trippin’.

    2. @Dale Walker I just wish that I had gotten rid of the women b4 the car. It was fast, 401 Nailhead , 2 spd glide. I still miss that (1) even after 30 yrs

  4. I appreciate the show and the ever-increasing production value. I’m also no critic but I agree with the rest of the commenters… no music during the show over car sounds.

  5. I left a yellow Gremlin just like that sitting on the side of the road in Houston Texas nearly 40 years ago. Thing broke down on me and I hated the car anyway, so I just left it.

  6. All I could think about on the old Chevy was, sorry for the loss of your brother. Such needless deaths by selfish drunks.

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