CREAMSICLE

1957 HAND BUILT
BUICK CABALLERO WAGON

PENN BLACK
APPRAISER & PHOTOGRAPHER

Converting a 1957 Buick Caballero Wagon into a custom cruiser can be an exciting project, blending classic aesthetics with modern features and performance enhancements. The local owner builder purchased the wagon decades ago. The time and detail to this project is breathtaking. This includes slightly lowering the ride height for a sleeker stance, smoothing out body panels for a cleaner look, and adding custom paint to give it a unique style.

The interior of the 1957 maintains an original look. There are custom changes that give the mind eye a question, custom or not??? In doing an appraisal of a vehicle of this quality you have to go back and take a second look from a different side to understand what the owner was going for. Upgrading the interior with modern amenities such as custom upholstery, power accessories, modern sound systems, and climate control can enhance comfort and convenience.

Opening the hood and looking for any oil or fluid as the appraiser will do. The engine compartment looked efficient and had lots of power with
a new 455 matched to a Turbo 400 automatic transmission. This area could be turned into show quality but with the owner towing things and driving regularly polish is overlooked. The Wagon has all the power to make driving easy.

The Front suspension is a clip from a 1980 Z-28 Camaro. The rear suspension is from a 1977 Lincoln parallel leaf springs. The rear gears are 9” Ford. Stopping is Disc’s front and rear. When going over the review of the finished appraisal I deducted for some slight imperfections. I also added value in seeing how difficult it must have been to smoothly transition things that the average car show person would never see. The bows in the headliner would have taken forever for a single craftsman. I have seen the owners shop, yes he is that good.

Classic Cars are not just vehicles; they are a tangible connection to our romantic past.