This car was built in Oakland, CA and sold to the Forest Service, where it was used for utilitarian purposes. As are most six cylinder powered Handyman 150 wagons. It didn’t get a lot of miles on it and was retired long ago.
As a perfectly rust-free car, it was a great candidate to become a California Custom. The most recent rendition was completed in the past 15 years. The paint is said to be even older then that. The engine is a 1967 327. So it has been a Custom for a along time!
The 327 is nicely dressed. Including HEI, valve covers, Edelbrock intake and carb, chrome accessories, auxiliary cooling fan, air-conditioning, etc. Power steering and brakes have been added. The front brakes are disc. The transmission is THM 350.
The A/C is ice cold. This car drives like a modern car, but has a great classis look. There is a modern stereo with remote control. The steering column is tilt. The gauges are Haneline and the steering wheel is Con2R. You should notice the chrome wheels with custom bullet caps and like new Diamondback Radial tires. The Lake pipes also have bullet caps. They are non-functional. There is subtle pin-striping. The grill insert and dash are both cool custom pieces. There is even a hidden power antenna.
The interior is very attractive and in great condition. The upholstery is tasteful on the original seats. The rear seat folds flat. The carpet, headliner and door panels are fantastic.
The doors lock via key, so does the ignition. The rear hatch opens properly. Lifting the rear off the floor displays the spare tire, jack and wrench. There are front seat belts and a removable center console.
The underside looks like it came from the factory. In fact, the factory undercoating was not removed before it was redone. The exhaust and suspension are all in great condition. There has never been rust on this car. Anywhere!
The chrome and glass are show worthy. It is quite evident that this car came from California. It is just in such great shape.
The paint is over 20 years old, yet it looks superb. There may be a small chip or defect, but it will take close inspection to find any flaws. The colors are very close to 1955 Chevy Shoreline beige over Seamist Green.
All in all, this is simply a sensational car. The powertrain, drivability, finish, chrome, interior and custom touches are all to a high standard and very desirable.
It would be very difficult to duplicate this car. Just to find a rust-free example would be a huge challenge. But to find one that is done and done so well…impossible. You have discovered a gem. It promises much pleasure.