Looks can be deceiving is an old adage borne out by Bill Lynch’s 1958 Chevrolet. Although the two-tone green/gray car looks like a two-door station wagon (Chevrolet model number 1191 as a V6 or 1291 as a V8) it is actually a Delray sedan delivery (Chevrolet Model Number 1171 as a V6 or 1271 as a V8).
For some reason, Chevrolet’s popular sedan delivery was taken out of the truck lineup in 1958. It was made part of the Delray series of passenger cars, but it was not considered part of the separate Chevrolet station wagon line. It came standard with the well-known “Blue Flame” in-line six-cylinder engine, but could be ordered with several 283-cid V8s or 348-cid V8s as optional equipment.
The sedan delivery was a two-door model that normally looked like a station wagon with panel sides instead of rear side windows. It carried a Delray script at the leading edge of the rear fender panel and shared Delray trim with other passenger cars in that series. Inside, there was only one vinyl-trimmed driver’s seat as standard equipment.
Lynch’s car looks like a two-door station wagon because it has two rear side windows on each side of the car. The forward one is squared off in front to mate up with the doorpost and has what looks like a backwards-slanting vent window right above the front half of the rear tire. The other window is slanted at both ends. The windows are there because the sedan delivery was special ordered by the National Park Service for use at Yellowstone National Park.
The sedan delivery was a United States National Park Service maintenance vehicle. It has a USNPS serial number tag attached to its firewall. It is equipped with a one-piece rear liftgate. The factory cowl tag identifies in as a Model 1271 V8-powered Delray sedan delivery. The paint code is “SPL,” which indicates a special color. It was originally painted Federal Safety Green using GFM paint. GFM stands for “Government purchased material.” This vehicle has a wooden deck with a storage box in place of a rear seat.
According to Lynch, fewer than 500 of the sedan deliveries were made. His car has been mildly modified. It has an original 348-cid big-block V8 fitted with three two-barrel carburetors, but the engine is attached to a newer 700R4 automatic transmission. The third member is the car’s original 10-bolt rear end with a 3.55:1 ratio axle. The sedan delivery has air conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes and power windows. The color combination is called Galapagos Green over Olive Silver.