When life-long hot rodder, Richard Ruiter of Guelph, Ontario came across this 1960 Chevrolet Parkwood, he knew it would make the perfect candidate for his next project. The Parkwood was Chevrolet’s intermediate station wagon model, with more options than the lower-priced Brookwood yet less luxurious than the top-of-the-line Nomad.
He purchased the wagon from a friend who had brought it over from Chicago nearly a decade ago. It began life as a bare-bones six-cylinder car with no power brakes or power steering, but it was kept in good shape. The car was complete, but not perfect, and he liked the fact that this particular model was a little more uncommon.
Known for building some of the most meticulous hot rods north of the border, Richard has won many awards for his work on a number of exquisite ‘55 Chevys – but his intentions for the newly-acquired Parkwood were a little different. “My goal was to build a cool, fast, and reliable driver that I wouldn’t have to worry about. I have owned many show cars in the past that were lots of work to maintain and scary to drive on the streets,” he explained.