From: Hemmings Motor News
Date: December 1983
Price then: $5,700 ($13,700 adjusted for inflation, about the cost of a new 2015 Smart Pure Coupe today)
Price now: $12,000 - $52,000
Approximate dollar difference: $38,300 (assuming No. 1 condition)
Approximate annual rate of return: 4.2%
1957 Cameo. Really sharp, rare pickup, V8, radio, heater, excellent chrome everywhere, strong runner, looks great, one of the better Cameos left, $5,700
The Cameo Carrier was Detroit’s first swing at a stylish pickup and it was a home run. The fiberglass bed sides followed the body lines of the cab and really gave the truck a car-like appearance that has stuck ever since. Look at your “Fleetside” pickup’s smooth bed sides and you have the Cameo to thank for that. Rarely seen today in any form, this V-8 version is the most desirable configuration. With the prices of trucks steadily on the rise, the Cameo is going to continue to be the 1950s Chevrolet truck to have.