’58 and ’59 Chevy Apache Trucks: Work Trucks That Turned Into Classics

’58 and ’59 Chevy Apache Trucks: Work Trucks That Turned Into Classics

By: Laure Justice

The classic lines of the Chevrolet Apache truck were available on Chevy trucks from 1955 through 1959, though, according to one source, the two years the name Apache was assigned to the body style were 1958 and 1959.

'58 Chevrolet Apache Fleetside

By Bull-Doser (Own work.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

1958 Chevrolet Apache Trucks

The Apache was part of Chevy’s Task Force truck line that ran from 1955 through 1959 (If you look at a GMC with this body style, from these same years, it’s referred to as part of the Blue Chip Series.)

According to Truck Trend Network, all ’58 Chevy trucks were created as part of the Apache  line, which was redesigned for ’58 with dual headlights, a redesigned grill – it was also the first year the fleetside style of bed was offered.

The 1958 Apache came with a 283 CID (cubic inch displacement) V8 that provided 160 HP, notes ConceptCarz – though a six-cylinder option was available, too.

The ’58’s transmission came in both a 3-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic.

Sadly for fans of these old trucks, while a lot of ’58 Apaches rolled off the assembly line, and they were workhorses, not a lot of them survived the heavy farm use they were designed to provide.

1959 Chevrolet Apache Trucks

1959 Chevrolet Apache

By Stephen Foskett (Wikipedia User: sfoskett) (2006 Bay State Antique Automobile Club show) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

According to Old Ride, the ’59 Apache truck was released with five new color options and a new interior design, and featured the carry-over wrap-around windshield of the ’58 models.

The ’59 also had a bigger, fancier hood ornament and restyled badges on the front fenders of the truck.

The image below is a 1060 model I found labeled as an Apache.

Chevrolet Apache TruckBy dave_7 from Lethbridge, Canada (1960 Chevrolet Apache truck) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

(Be sure to visit the Classified page if you are looking to buy or sell a classic vehicle, such as an Apache truck. The listings are free for sellers and for placing “in search of…” ads for specific classic cars or old trucks you are looking for.)