No it’s not quite like the stealthy black Hummer or Escalade limos that people take to weddings or high school proms now a day, but the classic Apache Suburban would certainly have you arriving in style, and an odd one at that. Back before large vans and mini-busses existed, a few coachbuilders took ordinary cars and trucks and extended them into large-capacity vehicles.
Just like their modern counterparts, these large vehicles were used to transport groups of people around to see the sights, to and from the airport, and at luxury resorts. Because of the time-consuming and costly process of creating a limousine back in the day, few were ever built and even fewer survived life after their working years were over. That’s why it’s extremely rare to ever see one up for sale.
The Apache Suburban listed on eBay has stood the test of time, however. Powering the odd vehicle is an Edelbrock-equipped 283ci small-block complete with performance headers and a Magnaflow exhaust. The engine is backed by an automatic transmission to put the minimal power of the engine to the wheels. The front of the limo has disc brakes while the entire truck rides on new Crager wheels.
The interior of the Apache has also been upgraded. It now features custom leather seats, bright orange details to match the exterior paint scheme, an AM/FM stereo system, digital dash, custom window cranks and custom door handles. Of course a limo wouldn’t be a limo without darkened windows, so the rear sliding windows have been tinted a few shades darker.
This Apache Suburban limo is definitely one unique vehicle. Unfortunately, the 14 bids on the vehicle didn’t meet the reserve price and the auction ended on February 12th with a high bid of $21,100. Although it didn’t sell this time, we hope to see the limo listed on eBay again soon.
Tell us what you think. Would you rock this ‘59 Apache Suburban limo to your wedding or high school prom? Or is it just too old and weird to be used today?