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10 March 2012

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Lot 118

1951 Chevrolet 3100 5-Window Pickup Truck

  • Chassis no. 8JPB5171

Sold for $33,000

92 hp, 235 cu. in. OHV inline six-cylinder engine, single-barrel carburetor, beam front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116"

• Fresh and highly detailed restoration; equipped with many desirable features

• Reliable 235 cu. in. six, painstakingly detailed to 216 cu. in. appearance

• An excellent example of the immensely successful postwar GM trucks

By 1947, civilian vehicle production was back in full swing, and light-duty trucks were no exception. While Dodge and Ford rolled out new designs for 1948 and Studebaker followed for 1949, General Motors beat them to market with the May 1947 release of its new designs. Twinned with their GMC stable-mates, the new Chevrolet Advanced Design models featured smooth styling, “Unisteel Battleship” construction and improved visibility. Their significantly larger cabs were eight inches wider, with three inches more shoulder space, and measured a foot longer than before. The heater and defroster now drew fresh outside air, and optional oil-bath air cleaners extended engine life. An unqualified success when new, the first all-new postwar Chevrolet pickups are highly collectible, enjoyable and economical to own today.

This wonderful “five window” example received a complete body-off-frame restoration to show-quality standards. The all-steel body was finished in factory-correct Seacrest Green with freshly varnished wooden cargo bed lining. Other features include chrome-plated front and rear bumpers, dual front bumper guards, a fully-chromed grille, dual chrome mirrors, and 16-inch body-color wheels with white striping, chrome trim rings and hubcaps, shod with period style Firestone bias-ply blackwall tires.

A rebuilt 235-cubic inch six-cylinder engine is mated to a three-speed manual transmission and has improved bearings and oiling system. The engine, however, was carefully detailed to retain the appearance of a factory-original 216-cubic inch unit. The electrical system has been upgraded to 12 volts, a new wiring harness was installed, and a new aluminized exhaust system and a recent tune-up round out the mechanicals. Thoroughly detailed and complete with optional sun visors, working instruments, a rare under-bed spare tire carrier, dual taillights, dual windshield wipers and owner’s and shop manuals, it is fresh and beautifully presented.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

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