How awesome would it be if delivery trucks today looked as good as this 1938 Chevy Panel Delivery? Imagine the FedEx guy pulling up in something like this, how much better would the roadways of America be? The fact that the original shape still looks great after all these years means that this awesome custom was already hitting a lot of high notes well before the work even started.
There's obviously a great deal of time and money wrapped up in this gorgeous panel truck, because it wasn't until fairly recently that these trucks were anything but an interesting footnote in automotive history. But for a unique hauler for people or gear, there are few finer than this. The deep burgundy paint is from the late-model Chrysler color palette and looks spectacular on the vintage curves, giving it both a traditional and a custom look. Bodywork is quite impressive, with all three doors fitting nicely and all that sheetmetal carefully blocked so that the finish would be even and straight. The flames are an essential theme of the truck, even bleeding into the interior (more on that in a moment), and the Wild Turkey graphics on the side panels are removable if they're not to your liking. A lot of the trim was shaved, including the door handles and bumpers, but things like the grille have been beautifully refinished and I really dig the original taillight pods out back.
This hauler is strictly a 2-seater, just like when it was new, although the supportive leather and ostrich skin upholstery are definitely big upgrades over the factory vinyl bench. The original gauge pods are filled with white-faced Auto Meter gauges, a big speedo and tach up high, with the custom center stack full of matching auxiliary gauges for a very cool effect. The door panels, which I mentioned earlier, mirror the flames on the exterior almost perfectly, along with an embossed '38' for the truck's year. Vintage Air A/C was added and fitted to a custom panel in the center of the dash, and for entertainment there's a Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo with speakers in a housing in the cargo area. Behind the seats, there's a custom enclosure that houses some of the truck's electronic gear, and overhead there's a trick embossed headliner. The workmanship is impressive, and this is a truck you could easily drive coast-to-coast without an issue, particularly in terms of comfort.
The drivetrain breaks no new ground, but for reliability and performance that will keep things entertaining, there are few better choices than a fuel-injected Chevy L98. The flame motif continues on the billet valve covers, and there's a lot of chrome and polished bits under the hood to keep with the high-quality overall look of the car. A 700R4 4-speed automatic and a Ford 9-inch with 3.00 gears makes for pleasant high-speed cruising, and with long-tube headers and a smooth-sounding Magnaflow exhaust system, it sounds exactly right. Four-wheel discs are another smart upgrade, and they live behind handsome wheels wearing 205/60/15 front and 275/60/15 rear BFGoodrich radials.
A gorgeous truck that is built right and runs beautifully, and there's no way you could duplicate it for the asking price, even if you could find another one. Call today!
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