Lot 309 - 1946 Chevrolet ¾ Tonne Split Screen Pick Up (Art Deco Model)
|Odometer reading||79,663 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £13,000|
The new 1941 Chevrolet truck's entire front end: hood, louvers, fenders, bumpers, headlights, parking lights and grille were all new. When combined with a 1½-inch increase in wheelbase, the result was a larger, more impressive truck. Chevrolet engineers backed up the truck's bigger look with more power. Without an increase in cubic inches, horsepower was increased to 90hp. The longer wheelbase was used to provide the driver with additional legroom and the seat back was reclined to a more comfortable angle. The new half-ton was built on a 115-inch wheelbase. Body offerings included a pickup, panel, canopy and Suburban. The ¾-ton had a 125¼-inch wheelbase and included a pickup, platform, stake and panel bodies. The one-tonne series (now designated as medium-duty models) had the long 134½inch wheelbase and included a pickup, panel, canopy and stake. The 1942 Chevrolet pickups were essentially unchanged from 1941. Because America entered World War II in December 1941 the government halted all civilian truck production early in 1942. Chevrolet ceased building civilian models on January 30, 1942. Rationing of commercial vehicles commenced on March 9, 1942. Between then and July 31, 1945 the Office of Defense Transportation released a total of only 56,128 light-duty trucks. Chevrolet resumed production of civilian trucks for the general market on August 20, 1945. The government allowed Chevrolet to build civilian heavy-duty chassis cabs for qualified essential users in both 1944 and 1945 and the half-ton 115-inch wheelbase pickup in 1945 for qualified essential civilian users. Chevrolet advertised it as the nation's ""Most Popular Pickup Truck."" It was basically the same truck as the 1942 model but with several engineering improvements.
Presented today is this exceptionally clean Chevrolet ¾ tonne, split window pickup truck. Imported from the USA into Holland and subsequently into the UK, this truck has acquired an MoT test certificate in March 2011 and has been registered with the United Kingdom authorities. The condition looks excellent throughout and mechanically, the current owner assures us, the truck drives well. Examples of this type and age are very rare as nearly all of them have been used to destruction.
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