Welcome to another Wagon Wednesday here at Hooniverse. I actually wanted to highlight this particular wagon this week because when I was growing up, we actually owned a 1958 Chevrolet Brookwood Wagon, only ours was 2-tone green instead of 2-tone blue and white. Our was equipped with a 283 CID small block V-8, with a 2-speed powerglide, and that was just about it. No A/C, No Radio, and No Power Steering. We only got rid of it because it was so rusty that it became unsafe. So if you would indulge me, let’s discover this 1958 Chevrolet Brookwood Wagon…
The entire Chevrolet Lineup was all new for 1958, with a new frame, new bodies, new coil spring rear suspension, larger V-8 engines, and a new top-of-the-line model called the Impala. On the Station Wagon side of the ledger, there were four different wagon offerings, and for the first time, they had their own names. Starting at the top of the chart, there was the Nomad (which was now a trim offering in 4-door form instead of the stylish 2-door wagon from 1955-57), The Brookwood in six or nine passenger guise, the Yeoman 4-door six or nine passenger wagons, and the Yeoman 2-door basic wagon. You could also get a 2-Door Sedan Delivery, but that’s really not a wagon, right?
There were 5 Different V-8 options as well, and the period brochure states that you can get any engine in any of these wagons. That includes the new Turbo Thrust 348cid V-8 with a 4bbl Carburetor that produced 250HP, The Super Turbo Thrust 348cid V-8, with three 2bbl Carburetors that produced 280HP, The Turbo Fire 283cid V-8 with a single 2bbl Carburetor that produced 185HP (The most Popular Engine Choice for 1958), Super Turbo Fire 283cid V-8 with a 4bbl Carburetor that produced 230HP, and the Ramjet Fuel Injection 283cid V-8 that produced 250HP. You could also choose the 235cid Blue Flame Six that produced 145HP.
This particular Brookwood Wagon is a little light on which engine is under the hood, but it looks like one of the two carburetor fed 283 V-8s, and the Automatic looks like a Powerglide. It was restored, and has a newer base coat/clear coat finish in the original color. It is not entirely authentic because some Nomad outside trim, and interior fabrics were used during the restoration, but it still looks great. I feel that the aftermarket radio under the dash looks hideous, and if you want to put in a modern convenience, how about a vintage A/C system?
With a little over 5 days to go as of this writing, the highest bid is $8,180.80 with an unmet reserve. I see this wagon reaching close to $20,000, but I could be wrong. What do you think its worth? See the eBay listing here.