Chevy 150: Reality Show Crossover
History Channel reality show fans were treated to a massive crossover event back in 2011 with a 1957 Chevy 150. The car made its way from American Pickers and ended up being at Counts Kustoms of Counting Cars fame. Between the two bookends, the car spent time at American Restoration before landing at its home at Pawn Stars.
Mike and Frank on American Pickers originally purchased the Chevy 150, with the goal of making its way to the Old Man on Pawn Stars. The car was chosen to be a gift for the Old Man’s seventieth birthday. His previous car gift was a 1966 Imperial Crown Convertible, but that car’s engine caught fire. After Mike and Frank found the beat-up shell of the Chevy 150, they bought it and delivered it to American Restoration. Once the car was completed, it was delivered to Pawn Stars so that Rick Harrison and his son could give the car to the Old Man.
Interestingly, the two cars that the Old Man received as a gift had similar fates. Just like the Imperial Crown Convertible caught on fire, so did the Chevy 150. After the 150 caught fire, it was delivered to Count’s Kustoms for repair. Fortunately, Count was able to fix it back up and deliver it to the Old Man so he can cruise around Las Vegas in his very own hotrod.
Rumor has it that the restoration budget on the Chevy 150 was $80,000, despite the fact that the car itself could probably resell for around $30,000. By the time the 150 was delivered to Rick Harrison, it was completed restored by several people to look the original Black Widow design with the deep black paint all over the car with the exception of the quarter panels and the trunk lid.
This original Black Widow was one of the early stock cars raced in Daytona. Several of these two door hotrods were built to race and win; but, none of them were actually finished by Chevrolet (other than the frames that were delivered to a company in Atlanta before they were modified for racing). The Black Widow 150 was a favorite because of the fast fuel injected engine and the heavy frames. The car that Rick Harrison had specially restored for his father was designed to replicate the speed and style of one of the last cars to race in the early Nascar days before the congressional hearings interfered with the Daytona races.