1960 Chevy Brookwood Resto Mod
Ride in Style with the 1960 Chevrolet Brookwood Resto Mod
One of the most classic and instantly recognizable cars out there has got to be the 1960 Chevrolet Brookwood. This car is unique and it looks like something out of a science fiction story. It has a very interesting and eye-catching look with expertly built trimmings, well designed curves and lines, and a well-placed interior. This car was only around for a few years, which further increased its rarity and its general excitement. A lot of people want these cars, but there are only a few thousand around, and there are even less of them that are fully restored and in perfect condition.
As for some history on these cars, the iconic Chevrolet Brookwood recognized in both its two door and four door models, is a series of totally full-size station wagons produced by the car making company of Chevrolet from 1958 to 1961, and again as a throwback from 1969 to 1972.
The Chevrolet Brookwood initially debuted in the year of 1958 as Chevrolet’s mid-range model in its station wagon lineup, positioned between the less expensive Yeoman and more luxurious Nomad station wagons both. In fact, after the Yeoman was discontinued in the year of 1959, the Brookwood was subsequently demoted to entry-level status to make it more attainable and more affordable for more people. The Brookwood was discounted in 1961. It made a brief reappearance from 1969 and 1972 when Chevrolet needed an entry-level station wagon, and a lot of people were very excited to once again have the opportunity to own an affordable wagon in Chevrolet’s lineup.
The 1960 Chevrolet Brookwood
The 1960 model definitely had its own look, but factually only a few alterations were made for the 1960 year edition. The new models were actually only just refinements of the initial 1959 style with a much more restrained front end for one thing. Chevrolet did what most car companies do for the second year of production for any car, which was to refine whatever small snags or difficulties had been experienced in the first year of production of the model.
The 1960 model saw a return of the more common and more popular double cone tail lights of 1958 rather than the startling, “cat’s eyes”, of 1959 which were one of the only things about the 1959 that were not so appreciated.
Under the hood for the 1960, things remained constant. Fuel injection was no longer available in 1960, but with the 348 cubic inch engine, a horsepower rating of 335 at 5800 rpm was now achieved which previously had not been even close to possible. This involved the use of three double-barrel carburetors, a special cam and an 11.25:1 compression ratio, all sold as a package that came along with the engine. The thing about the engine in the 1960 model that made it so desirable is that very rarely did anyone want to modify it or do anything to it. It was a very user friendly engine. It was plenty fast and had great pickup, all things the 1959 lacked. Whereas with the 1959 engine most owners ended up modifying it, the 1960 was typically deemed as totally fine just the way it was.
A True Collector’s Item
The 1960 Brookwood is totally reminiscent of the 1960s. The car practically has 1960s written all over it. From the unique shape to the intricate stylings and to the paint schemes, the Brookwood harkens back to an era when great amounts of attention were put on the appearance and the overall look of the car.
Today, these Brookwoods, and especially the 1960s models, are highly desirable. There were never a whole lot of them produced to begin with, so the ones that remain today need and want special attention and admiration. For this reason, these cars are highly desired, and the ones that have already been restored more than anything else reach major top dollar. In years to come, it is thought that these cars will continue to grow in value and become even more and more popular.
The 1960 Chevrolet Brookwood is a piece of history in and of itself. It is something to own, but it is also something to drive and to take out and about and to let other people see. This car is not a car that was meant to sit alone and stagnant in someone’s garage. This is a car that needs to be out and about and be seen and be glorified for all to see. It is an eye catcher to say the least and a head turner. The Brookwood is a collector’s item yes, but it is a car to keep out and about and to show to the world.