Rushed back into production even before the cessation of World War II hostilities to meet a pent-up demand, the postwar Chevrolet trucks were little changed from the 1942 models but benefitted from war experience and incorporated a number of technical refinements. Unlike wartime and early 1946 production trucks the late series 1946 Chevrolet light trucks featured chrome and stainless trim on grilles, bumpers and body accents.
This 1946 Chevrolet DP-series 3100 ½ Ton Pickup is a phenomenally presented example that has received an exceptionally high quality body off the frame restoration. Powered by Chevrolet’s 90-horsepower, 216 cubic inch overhead valve straight-six engine mated to a 3-speed manual transmission, it is finished in bright yellow with black fenders and running boards and has the optional grille guard, dual mirrors, opening split-pane windshield, chrome front and rear bumpers and painted steel wheels with correct Chevrolet hubcaps and wide whitewall tires.
The lightly customized interior includes black seats with yellow inserts that feature the Chevrolet bowtie logo outlined in black, but otherwise everything is period correct. The pickup bed is exquisite with varnished wood and six stainless steel strips. The quality of workmanship, including the dashboard and gauges, is far superior that found on the majority of vintage pickup trucks. For those looking for a postwar Chevy pickup with an exquisite, eye-catching look with remarkable fit and finish, this is a tremendous example and would be a fine addition to any collection in need of a beautifully presented, distinctive and correct postwar pickup.
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