1957 GMC SUBURBAN
“THE YELLOW SUB”
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING AND ONE OF A KIND SUBURBAN BUILT BY RANDY HAAPALA!
1ST TIME LONG-HAULER ON THE HOT ROD POWER TOUR IN 2001 WHEN IT WENT FROM DEL MAR, CA TO DETROIT, MI AND BACK TO SAN BERNADINO, CA!!!
POWER TOUR LONG-HAULER AGAIN IN 2003 WHEN IT WENT FROM FLORIDA TO NASHVILLE TO FORT WORTH AND BACK TO FLORIDA AGAIN!
BROTHERS PARTS CATALOG COVER TRUCK AND SHOW WINNER!
INTRO WHEELS AD TRUCK AND FEATURED ON THE COMPANY WEBSITE!
2000 DEL MAR GOOD GUYS MULTI-AWARD WINNER!
FEATURED IN MULTIPLE MAGAZINES, WEBZINES, AND ARTICLES SINCE COMPLETED!
STREET & PERFROMANCE BUILT LT1 FUEL-INJECTED V8 AND 4L60E AUTOMATIC OVERDRIVE FROM A 1995 CORVETTE!
DUAL AIR, PS, PB, TILT, DAKOTA DIGITAL GAUGES, AM-FM-CD AUDIO, VINTAGE AIR TWIN A/C SYSTEM, ROD-TECH DASH AND MORE!
FULL CUSTOM INTERIOR BY THE LEGENDARY GABE’S UPHOLSTERY THAT STILL SHOWS LIKE NEW THROUGHOUT!
PPG TONER YELLOW FINISH SPRAYED BY RANDY HAAPALA HIMSELF AT THE BODY PALACE!
3” CHOPPED TOP, SHAVED DOOR HANDLES, 1955 CHEVY HOOD, 56 GMC GRILL, RELOCATED REAR DOOR HINGES, CUSTOM ROLL PAN, AND MORE!
TRULY A ONE OF A KIND, RELIABLE, PROVEN, AND ROAD-TRIP READY MACHINE THAT WILL TAKE YOU TO A SHOW ON THE OTHER COAST AND WIN A FEW TROPHIES ONCE YOU GET TO IT!
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THIS VEHICLE HAS NOT BEEN DETAILED!!!
IT HAS BEEN WASHED, VACUUMED, AND WIPED DOWN WITH TURTLE WAX QUICK SHINE PRIOR TO BEING PHOTOGRAPHED.
IMAGINE HOW AMAZING IT WILL LOOK WHEN YOU TAKE THE TIME TO DETAIL AT HOME!
When someone tackles a “Dream Build” with a limitless imagination and a budget to match, the results are usually spectacular! Such is the case with this incredible 1957 GMC Suburban!
Built by some of the best in the industry, previously owned and driven by two mega-collectors, and ready for a loving new owner, this radical, full-custom Suburban was years in the making, and cost well over $125,000 to originally build!
Please take a moment to read the detailed listing, look over the 100 extra-large detailed photos, and then call me to make it yours before someone else does it first!
THIS VEHICLE HAS A CLEAN AND CLEAR FLORIDA TITLE IN OUR POSSESSION, AND IS READY FOR SALE AND EXPORT WORLDWIDE.
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This Suburban is pretty much the King of the Road in every aspect.
Built from 1999-2000 by master craftsman Randy Haapala and intended to be his personal ride, this amazing machine soon caught the eye of one of the Southwest’s prominent collector and rodder, and turned into the long-haul ready masterpiece you see in the 100 photos below.
So much has been written about the truck, and so much info is in the links below that I won’t bore you with a ton of details unless you need more, so call me at 941-286-0889 if you have questions.
The truck finished its build in 2000, went from Del Mar, CA to Detroit, MI on the first leg of the 2001 Hot Rod Power Tour, and then DROVE BACK to San Bernadino, CA without incident!
It has entered and won more shows, trophies, accolades and titles than you care to read about, and still continues doing so today! I have taken it to three local events in the past 30 days, and won something at each of them!
It then went to a new owner who brought it to Florida, and in 2003 hit the Hot Rod Power Tour AGAIN, driving from Florida to Nashville, TN, then to Fort Worth, TX, and finally BACK to Florida!
After that, it served the rest of time as a Sunday show car, and has amassed just over 12,900 miles since the day the build was finished.
Yes, it has a couple of stone chips, little scuffs, and normal use marks from being driven, but as you can see, it still snaps heads like a chicken farmer when you drive into a show, and really looks like it was probably completed a few years ago. No damage is evident. No rust, rot, or anything like that.
This is NOT some “Gas Monkey” project whipped together in 5 hours. This was a professionally built truck that was years in the making, and has proven itself to be not only a show winner, but a reliable long-hauler as well.
It is still in show-ready condition and could be entered into a major like an NSRA or GoodGUYS show and be a contender. Most of the marks from road debris and stuff is found underneath the truck, which has not been professionally cleaned like the rest of it. I am sure a lot would pressure wash off, and that you could wipe away a lot of the dirt, but as you can see in the chassis photos, it STILL looks better than most 2 year old builds you see these days!
PPG Toner Yellow is the color, and it was sprayed on at Randy’s shop, the Body Palace. The color pops in the sun, and damn near glows under the streetlights!
The immaculate metalwork performed by Randy Haapala at the Body Palace in Huntington Beach is beyond compare. The top has been lowered 3 inches, and then Randy decided to shave the door handles, add custom full polished grill, round and shave the front fenders, and add a 1955 Chevy Apache hood. Once the front end looked sharp, he replaced the rear bumper with a roll pan and relocated the door hinges and gas cap inward.
A 6-figure plus build gets taken care of pretty good by all of its owners, and this rig has led a pretty cushy life, being stored in climate and humidity controlled garages since birth.
The full custom interior that was personally done by Gabe at Gabe’s Upholstery is truly a sight to behold, and looks absolutely new to this day! His work is impeccable, and one look at all the details from fit and finish, banding, and trim down to the custom made full-length floor mats throughout the truck remind you why Gabe’s has been the go-to shop for California’s best builders since early on!
Street & Performance did the build on the 1995 Corvette LT1 Fuel-injected V8 and mated it to a rebuilt 4L60E Automatic Overdrive transmission.
Wiring and install is show quality, and most people marvel at how ultra-sano the engine bay looks with the smooth firewall, hidden wiring, and billet and chrome goodies from Zoops, March, and others. Exhaust sounds fantastic through the custom made Mark Weiss headers feeding the true dual piping and mufflers.
The 4L60E transmission carries a mild shift kit, and was set for long-haul driving from the get-go. It shifts smooth and clean in all gears, and has ample kick down for passing on the road.
Fully loaded, with 5 passengers, luggage, and a show tent and chairs with cooler, this truck hustles like a new machine down the highway.
Cradling the engine is a 1994 ½-ton pickup front frame section using DJM upper and lower control arms, 2-inch dropped spindles from Bel-Tech, Bilstein shocks, 11-inch Camaro disc brakes. Out back is a 1998 Chevy ½-ton frame connected to a Dutchman 3.73-geared 9-inch rear end and Early Classics dropped coils, Bilstein shocks, and adjustable panhard bar.
Intro made the wheels for this truck, and they still glisten and gleam like new to this day! The truck is found on the company website here:
They are wrapped in recent rubber which has at least 75% of the USEABLE tread remaining, and should get you from here to California without issue!
The truck was a GoodGuys Del Mar multiple award winner in 2000, and the owner at that time actually told me the crowd started to BOOO him after the first 6-7 prizes!
It has been on the Brothers Truck Parts Catalog Cover, has been featured in SuperChevy, Classic Trucks, and many other magazines, and has built kind of a cult following for its rarity and provenance.
You CAN’T go to a show without 50 people coming up to ask you 100 questions while you try to keep 20 other folk from getting inside to take selfies with it!
It starts, runs, drives, stops, and performs wonderfully. It is literally like driving a late model Tahoe or something. You can do 90 on the freeway with ease, and still scoot around in town with the A/C on high and not have any trouble either.
It is MORE than proven as a long-hauler, and I have personally put about 400 miles on it in town and out to neighboring towns for cruises and events. It is just a joy to drive.
It has the full frame and chassis set up from a late model truck, as well as a late model powertrain, so it is super easy to access maintenance parts and repair items at any local ADVANCED, PEP BOYS, or NAPA.
I am quite sure that
IF YOU COME HERE AND SEE IT, YOU WILL BUY IT.
It is clean and ready to show right now, and we have not formally detailed it! This is how nice it has been kept since it was built! Imagine how nice it will look when you take the time to get all the nooks and crannies!
IT HAS A FLORIDA STATE TITLE AS A 1957 GMC
MILEAGE IS SHOWING AS EXEMPT ON TITLE, and the functional odometer is showing 12,990 as of the time of this listing.
I think that about does it so far as information I can supply to you. As stated, I
STRONGLY ENCOURAGE a private viewing of the vehicle, or you can have an appraiser/inspector come see on your behalf PRIOR TO BIDDING.
If you have any other questions, or want me to photograph something, or check something, please call me at (941)286-0889 for the fastest response.
I am 100% up front, honest, and list my cars objectively. If you are 100% honest, up front, read the listing and review my photos, and have your funds in place, we will get along just fine.
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SALE AND WARRANTY INFORMATION
THIS VEHICLE IS AVAILABLE FOR RETAIL SALE AT OUR FORT MYERS, FL LOCATION, AND I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO END THE AUCTION AT ANY TIME SHOULD THE VEHICLE BE SOLD.
THE VEHICLE IS SOLD IN AS-IS / WHERE-IS CONDITION WITH FULL RIGHT TO INSPECT PRIOR TO BIDDING ON THE AUCTION.
THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN DESCRIBED TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY, HONESTLY, AND OBJECTIVELY.
INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE LISTING IS CULLED FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: VISUAL INSPECTION, PRIVATE PARTY INSPECTION, RECEIPTS OR RECORDS INCLUDED WITH THE VEHICLE, INORMATION SUPPLIED BY THE PRIOR OWNER, AND PERSONAL DRIVE TIME WITH THE VEHICLE. IF GEAR RATIOS, ENGINE INTERNAL SPECIFICS, TRANSMISSION INTERNAL SPECIFICS, AND ANY OTHER DETAILS THAT ARE NOT APPARENT IN THE PHOTOS SHOWN ARE LISTED, THAT IS BASED ON THE INFORMATION SUPPLIED BY PRIOR OWNER, ASWE DO NOT BREAK OPEN ENGINES, TRANSMISSIONS, REAR ENDS, ETC., SO WE ARE SIMPLY OFFERING IT TO YOU IN THE SAME GOOD FAITH THAT IT WAS OFFERED TO US. WHEN IN DOUBT, COME HERE AND SEE IT FOR YOURSELF, ORHIRE AN INSPECTION SERVICE.
MILEAGE STATED IN LISTING IS CORRECT AT THE TIME OF THE LISTING, BUT CAN INCREASE DUE TO TEST DRIVES, TAKING THE VEHICLES TO CAR SHOWS, AND MOVING THEM BETWEEN OUR WAREHOUSES. MILEAGE WILL NO EXCEED THE AMOUNT STATED BY MORE THAN 150 MILES.
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