Video: Cheap 1957 Chevy Truck Still Rolling in Minnesota
Two-Figure Secondhand Hauler Still Ride of Choice
The prices of new trucks have gotten out of control in many buyers’ minds, with prices cresting the $60,000 mark for the top-trim haulers. That’s of little concern to Bob Sportel of Prinsburg, Minnesota, though. He purchased his second-hand 1957 Chevy 1/2-ton truck in his early 20s off a farmer for the bargain price of $75. Many of us have stories of cheap rides we’ve bought and sold, sometimes within the course of just a year or two, but the old beater Chevy has held up over the long haul for 38 years in Sportel’s hands.
The truck, featured on the USA Today video channel, has loads of rusty character, but it’s far from a pristine example. The upholstery is equal parts duct tape and throw blanket, and the body is completely rusted through in several areas. Mileage? Nobody knows for sure, since the odometer hasn’t worked for nearly four decades, but estimates put the clock at around 300,000 miles. Sportel’s wife Kathy has urged him to get rid of the old clunker for a new truck, but Bob has steadfastly refused to part with his trusty, rusty old whip. The truck has become such an integral part of Sportel’s family that his youngest daughter took the truck to her prom. Talk about shabby chic!
Source: USA Today