1953 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup

By 1947, American civilian vehicle production was back in full swing and light-duty trucks were no exception at GM’s Chevrolet and GMC divisions. While Dodge and Ford rolled out new light-duty trucks for 1948 and Studebaker followed for 1949, General Motors beat them all to market with the May 1947 release of its new postwar designs. Twinned with their GMC stablemates, the new Chevrolet “Advanced Design” light-duty trucks featured smooth styling that continues to look great today, plus robust “Unisteel Battleship” construction and improved visibility. Three series were offered, all designated "Thrift-Master," ranging from the 3100 series half-tons to the ¾-ton 3600 series and one-ton 3800.

Thanks to the engineers working under the direction of John G. Wood, the new GM truck cabs were at once larger, more comfortable, and more user-friendly than ever before, by virtue of widening made possible by channeling the body down and around the frame rails. This innovation allowed the doors to be moved outward by several inches, placing their outer surfaces down and almost parallel with the perimeter of the running boards. As a result, three adults could now sit comfortably, side by side, inside the cab.

While the winning styling of GM’s “Advance Design” pickups was left mostly unchanged throughout production, consistent development brought many welcome detail improvements. Among them were a widened, more durable "double-decker" seat featuring two layers of springs and improved adjustment mechanisms and by 1951, the safety and stopping power afforded by new self-energizing Bendix brakes. Other select upgrades included repositioning of the fuel tank to inside the cab and behind the seat back, additional power from Chevy’s venerable “Stovebolt Six” OHV 6-cylinder engine, replacement of the old-fashioned cowl vent with vent windows, and new pushbutton-style door handles. Given their many virtues, the “Advance Design” trucks were true to their name and a huge success, with Chevrolet’s models ranking number one in sales for every production year spanning 1947-1954. Today, they remain an absolute favorite among collectors and enthusiasts everywhere.

This 1953 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup is a particularly attractive example of Chevrolet’s famed “Advance Design” pickup lines. Continuing to benefit from an authentic, beautifully detailed and nicely preserved restoration, it features a period correct Juniper Green paint finish, Burgundy upholstery, good chrome and bright trim, and an  exceptionally tidy chassis and underside consistent with the rest of the vehicle. Power is of course delivered by an exceptionally well detailed and finished “Thriftmaster” 6-cylinder engine displacing 235 cubic inches, mated to a proper column-shifted 3-speed manual transmission. Period options and accessories are desirable and numerous, including Unity fog lights, a side mounted spare wheel, factory pushbutton radio, Venetian rear-window blinds, a painted sun visor, traffic-light viewer, Chevrolet-scripted factory heater, and beautifully finished wooden cargo-bed flooring. Simply captivating inside and out, this 1953 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup is ready to show, drive, and enjoy in equal measure. Please contact Hyman Ltd. for more details.

 

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$53,500

Stock number 7224

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