LIMA — Lorne “Lumpy” Howden, Jr., of Lima, owns this rare 1959 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery Wagon.
What makes this vehicle so rare is there were only 5,266 Sedan Delivery Wagons produced that year. Production ceased on these vehicles after the 1960 model year.
“I haven’t owned it too long. I got it from a friend whose husband passed away,” Howden said.
The sedan delivery wagon can be traced back to the 1920s, when pickup and van bodies could be added to car models. From farmers who needed to carry their goods to market, to workers needing to carry tools, the sedan delivery wagon was a much-needed niche in the automobile market. Chevrolet’s marketing department targeted sales of its Sedan Delivery Wagon, touting the ability to carry cargo, while still feeling like one is driving a car.
Howden and his dad work on Howden’s car together.
“I’m slowly working on it. It’s a work in progress. For me being a younger guy, working on it is a blessing. My father helps me a lot. We work on it together, and we enjoy doing it,” Howden said.
The 1959 Sedan Delivery Wagon was longer and wider for easier cargo loading, with 93 cubic feet of area inside. There was extra cargo space when needed, as a portion of the floor behind the driver’s seat dropped down 6 1/2 inches to enable unusually large loads. The interior featured plush, comfortable seating for driving, with power steering. The large back window gave the driver a safe, clear view.
Who said a delivery vehicle had to be boring? Chevrolet definitely capitalized on style when designing the 1959 Chevy Sedan Delivery Wagon. The classic ‘50s fins featured on the back of the car and the cool Chevrolet cat-eye tail lights capped off an impressive rear-end styling for a vehicle made merely for hauling.
The Chevy Sedan Delivery Wagon gained a resurgence with hot rodders later in life, as they were cheap to buy and lightweight, which made them a great choice for hot rods. Older sedan deliveries became dragway favorites in the ’60s and have been popular hot rods ever since.