1953 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
"Advanced Design" 3100 pickups hit 147,756 such units produced for
the 1952 model year, making the half-ton pickups far and away the
most popular Chevrolet commercial vehicle that year. A war-weary
and truck-starved public was waiting when Chevrolet introduced its
redesigned truck lineup in 1947. The new models were a big
departure - literally - from the previous generation. The welded
cabs - not bolted together - were a whopping eight inches wider and
seven inches longer and had adjustable bench seating for three
across. The higher and wider cab doors were more user friendly, and
the bigger windows and windshield gave much greater visibility than
For consignment, a beautifully restored example of the 1953
Chevrolet 3100 half ton pickup. With a higher power engine than
stock, 12-volt electrics and just beautifully appearing much like
the showroom example that drove out into the world in 1953. A
5-window version with a new bed lined in oak and was completely
restored with every part removed and only factory original body
parts used for the redo. With zero miles on the build, not only can
you haul the goods, but you'll look great doing it!
Frankly I'm green with envy on this creation with its rounded
fenders, under the door running boards, bulbous hood and wide
chrome horizontal ribbed grille. It can show up in style to the
country club and no one will barely notice it's a truck! During the
redux all factory original metal was used with the exception of the
small grille bars. Round single headlights with chrome bezels are
fronting the front rounded fenders that are nearly perfect. The
simple gently curved front bumper frames the bottom and on the
front of the hood is a near perfect Chevrolet badge. The hood backs
up to a split window front glass, and speaking of which, this cab
offers up 5 windows for that panoramic view from the driver's
seat...no blind spots here! With the upper body all dipped in
beauteous green and showing off some black painted fenders and
running boards that connect the fenders, things are at the deep end
of the pool here and perfectly curvy. The running boards go back
just far enough to allow easy access to the bed, much like a step
side model would do. On back rounded fenders frame those
beautifully green steel wheels with polished dog dish caps and
seamlessly attach to the straight sides of the bed. A bed, in which
new oak planks have been installed, have stainless steel dividers
in metal to shore them up to the frame. On the back is a black
shaded back embossed pressed in the green metal CHEVROLET
lettering...snazzy! Below this gate is another wide gently curving
pristine bumper and single exhaust pipe.
A swing of the doors and what to my wandering eyes does appear??
Well, black door panels and a saddle armrest that float shiny
handles within this tastefully finished field, and a green metal
bottom frames the doors nicely below. Inside, saddle overstuffed
tuck and roll vinyl covering the interior bench seat. This floats
in a bulletproof sea of rubber flooring so you won't fret when your
muddy boots mess it up. Up front a large cracked black bakelite
steering wheel with 3 spokes in the middle fronts a perfectly
restored dash which is painted in lower body matching black. In
front of the driver are 2 original gauges, one for the speedometer
and the other has a cluster of quarter round black faced and white
lettered gauges for fuel, battery, oil pressure and water temp. As
we scan across the dash plenty of horizontal ribbed chrome
embellishes the dash with a peppering of chromed knobs and pulls.
Above is a radio delete panel plopped right in the center of this
wonderful dash. In front of the passenger, the ribbing continues as
a covering for the glovebox. Below a heater box is noted, and up
top for the headliner is a solid textured off white that is mounted
up there with chromed strips.
Under the hood resides some mechanical jewelry in the form of an
inline 235ci 6-cylinder engine. There is a single1-barrel carb
which attaches to the factory intake manifold and is topped with a
small round oil bath air filter coverings. A gray valve covering
runs the length and tops a gray painted engine block with new
wiring now 12-volt. Bolted to the back is a 3-speed manual
transmission which sends power to the 4.11 geared rear axle.
A single exhaust system is on for the exhale through a stock style
muffler, ending on the left of the rear bumper. All else is looking
rust free, structurally sound, and very nice for this restoration
with black flooring, clean stained oak for the underside of the bed
and lightly patinaed suspension components. Leaf springs and new
drum brakes are on all 4 corners and nary a drip is seen from the
bottom side of the drivetrain.
One has to adore overstuffed tuck and roll and this interior has
plenty of that, and chrome ribbing, so there is plenty to be
enamored with. It fired right up and off to the test track where it
had nice smooth acceleration, shifted effortlessly, and stopped on
a dime. All functions were working as they should, and it is
definitely a head turner. But it drives like a truck!
There's just something about old school pickups that's universally
appealing. To us, they're clean, straightforward work vehicles
which have morphed into wildly popular classics. And it seems many
enthusiasts agree, as trucks like this original Chevy are some of
our hottest sellers...because they are trucks!
B-Baltimore, MD Assy Plant
028205-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
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