1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417

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Lot 52
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck

Sold for £ 20,125 (US$ 24,999) inc. premium
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck
Registration no. 543 YUA
Chassis no. 1255417
*Classic American pickup truck
*Restored in 2012/2013
*Present ownership since 2014
*Used sparingly since restoration

Footnotes

  • Nowadays an integral part of American popular culture, the pickup truck came to be thought of as the 20th Century equivalent of the cowboy's horse. Once viewed as strictly utilitarian commercial vehicles, they were seized on as ideal candidates for customising and hot-rodding in the post-war era. Today, like so many fashions that start in the USA, they enjoy a cult following worldwide. Having introduced its first pickup in 1918, Chevrolet overtook chief rival Ford, albeit briefly, as the USA's number one producer in the 1930s thanks to its policies of technical innovation and aggressive marketing. Chevrolet was among the first to offer synchromesh transmissions and hydraulic brakes on its pickups, as well as an extensive range of colours.

    By 1939 Chevrolet offered no fewer than 45 different trucks on eight alternative wheelbases, and in capacities ranging from half to one-and-a-half tons, all of them powered by the classic 'Stovebolt' 3.5-litre overhead-valve six. The first post-war redesign of the truck range was introduced on the 1947 line-up and the second for the '54 season when a one-piece windscreen was introduced and the five-bar front grille replaced by one featuring a full-width central bar and vertical division. A more radical makeover was unveiled during 1955, by which time V8 engines had been added to the options list.

    Finished in gold with black leather interior, this striking Chevrolet 3100 pickup has the 3.5-litre engine and three-speed manual transmission. Subject of a 'ground upwards' restoration in 2012/2013, the vehicle was purchased by the current vendor at an auction in October 2014. The odometer total of circa 1,800 miles is believed to be the distance travelled since the restoration. Offered with current MoT certificate and a V5C document, this classic Chevrolet pickup truck would be an ideal support vehicle for the historic racing enthusiast, and is certain to arouse interest in any paddock.
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1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
1950 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck  Chassis no. 1255417
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