SHARP GMC! SMOOTH 228 6 CYL W/ 4 SPD MANUAL, COLD A/C, NICE TRUCK!
Things around much of the world in '49 were still very much in flux in the aftermath of World War II, but United States was having little of it, instead setting course for a new phase of economic growth. The automobile industry in particular began to prosper, construction went on a pronounced upswing and a truck like this 1949 GMC100 proved to be an indispensable tool as we set about building our way into post-War industrial growth.
An inspired restoration, this GMC's metallic green exterior would have been amply distinctive and eye-catching to start with, but with a custom paint job that extends the color to the front grille, running boards and bumpers, it's even more so - a very effective and modern interpretation of a truly classic vehicle. Because the badging and chrome found throughout, from the headlight housings all the way back, are in good condition, the chrome finishes really pop when contrasted with the verdant background. Centered on the tailgate, you'll find a painted GMC insignia that is just one of many nice finishing touches on this vintage truck. The stock stance has been left intact, fitting for a working truck built to be ready for action from the start. The finishing details were well looked after when this workhorse was put back together, as its panels line up nicely with tight, uniform gaps around the hood and doors and a fresh-looking seal surrounds its rear window.
Inside, you'd be hard pressed to find a cooler looking vintage dashboard area than what you'll see here. Fresh gauges with a completely period-appropriate look stand out against a metallic green dash painted to match the exterior, their oversized lettering looking especially striking against their parchment-colored backgrounds. In the center, there's dominant chrome badging proudly proclaiming this to be a General Motors Truck and an expansive speaker grille surrounding the original AM radio that looks as if it could have been taken directly from a phonograph of its day. To the right, you'll see a distinctive chrome-covered glove box door matching its look and below you'll notice the registers of the Vintage Air A/C system - a welcome bit of modern technology. This is a very comfortable looking saddle-colored vinyl interior, with a plushly-padded bench seat that doesn't appear to have seen much use. In the back, the truck bed is lined with fresh wood planks, interspersed with steel ribboning also painted to match the truck's metallic green exterior.
The restored original drivetrain is centered on a 228 c.i. inline 6 that represented a marked improvement over the 216 featured in several other truck models of its era, due to a far more durable block and better oil circulation. It sits in a very tidy engine compartment, surrounded by all stock-configured but fresh-looking parts and is bolted to a 4-speed manual transmission. Have a look underneath and you'll see that the undercarriage is very much up to scratch as well, with nice straight frame rails, floor pans, and crossmembers that contrast with the orange paint on the bellhousing and oil pan. This venerable truck sits on a set of moon-style rims that are emblazoned with GMC logos, and wrapped in a set of Goodyear Wrangler radials.
Looking for a great example of working class automotive nostalgia that's back in peak form, with just a few miles logged since its restoration? This 1949 GMC100 is the one for you. Call today!
- AM Radio
- Air Conditioning
- Vinyl Interior
- Exterior Color
- Green Metallic
- Interior Color
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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