If you were fortunate enough to attend the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California, at the end of January, then you definitely got the opportunity to check out this cool, 1955 Chevrolet four-door wagon. Built by Pure Vision Designs and Prolong Super Lubricants, the wagon is reminiscent of the classic race-support vehicles that were fixtures at drag strips across the country during the 1960s.
According to Jon Apogée, general manager, domestic sales, marketing and motorsports, Prolong Super Lubricants, “Since we participate in events such as the National Hot Rod Association Museums’ Twilight Cruise series and other similar events, we felt it was fitting that our latest project vehicle pay homage to the glory days of hot rods.” He continued by saying, “The Prolong ’55 Chevy wagon will be driven to these events, transporting gear for Prolong’s display in true early drag-era style.”
The ’55 Chevy is an iconic vehicle, and by building a station wagon, the car is not only a cool Tri-Five, but also very functional. Designed and built by Pure Vision Designs of Simi Valley, California, Prolong’s wagon showcases many vintage design details that keep it indicative of a ’60s-era race-support vehicle. But, this is the 21st century, so there are upgrades incorporated into the car.
Some of those upgrades include a Painless Performance wiring harness, Flaming River Tilt steering column and rack-and-pinion steering, Vintage Air A/C, and BlueTooth technology make sure the ride is comfortable, and “connected.” The wagon is designed to be efficient and functional, so the fold-down rear seat is intact, and will be used as intended — to carry either passengers, or cargo to racing events and car shows throughout the year.
Nothing screams the ‘60s like a tuck-and-roll interior, so inside is a true throwback, as the wagon’s flashback upholstery, stitched by Eric Thorsen, is just what one would expect. The outside paint choice features a mix of Majik Blue/True Blue and white pearl by House of Kolor, and was applied by Pete Santini. The vintage look is continued by using a set of Rocket Racing Wheels surrounded by BF Goodrich rubber, and the 210 wagon is powered by an Edelbrock crate engine that is backed by a B&M four-speed automatic transmission. Underneath is a Currie rearend and Ride Tech suspension parts to make sure it cruises smoothly.
“The hot-rod and street-rod gods have given wagons a free pass for having a coolness factor ever since the surf wagons of the ’50s and ’60s,” said Strope. “This wagon is trendy and cool, but it’s built to be 100-percent serviceable and maintainable for Prolong.”
So if you get a chance to see the Prolong ’55 wagon at an event or just cruising the highway, make sure you take a look at this very cool cruiser with a purpose.