Lot 293 - 1949 Chevrolet 3100 Half-Ton Pick-Up
|Odometer reading||373 miles|
|Estimate||£12,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £12,000|
The 1948-1953 Chevrolet Series 3100 half-ton pickups benefited from a re-design that took Chevrolet trucks into a new era of comfort, convenience and style. Chevrolets restyled 'Advance-Design' trucks were introduced in 1947, well ahead of its first new postwar cars and little changed in appearance through 1953. The basic intent was to provide more room and comfort for occupants. These pickups had a new bench seat accommodating three people instead of the old separate seats and for the first time the seat was adjustable for longer leg room. The cab, described as 'Unisteel Battleship' construction, was larger in every direction. New extra-wide doors swung open on concealed hinges and extended down to cover the sills. Window area grew considerably via a wider windscreen, side windows and backlight, Chevrolet called the result, 'Observation Car Vision.' A vast improvement all-round compared to the previous models.
This 3100 Half-Ton was the subject to a complete restoration some years ago in the USA. Imported to the UK in 2012 and taken to an American car specialist's, they went through the mechanical aspects of the truck by re-rising the suspension and replacing all the bushes. The 5700cc Chevrolet V8 engine has been up-rated with Holly carburettors through an Edelbrock inlet manifold. The power is transferred to the road through an automatic gearbox. The speedograph reads up to 160mph and with these rebuilt mechanics, it is possible that this truck could reach the top end of the scale. It has also older custom paintwork in blue with white pin striping and the button backed bench seat is finished in beige velour and supplied with a V5C registration document. This truck is following the new trend of looking old but benefiting from superb mechanics.
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