CLASSIC AMERICANA, 216 6 CYL, 3 SPD, GOOD PAINT, NICE INTERIOR AND BED!
Trucks as solid as this 1951 Chevrolet 3100 aren't going to be this affordable for much longer, so take a good look, compare this one to the others on the market, and watch as an old farm truck turns into a smart investment.
It costs just as much to restore a truck as it does a car, but very few get the full treatment like this lovely 3100 simply because the values don't justify it. It's obvious this one was done for love, because it's just over-the-top beautiful without the usual "upgrades" that take away from the vintage feel. The burgundy paint is just right, shiny but not flashy, practical and forever stylish, and just right for the conservative early '50s. The Advance Design trucks are some of the best-looking of all old pickups and this one gets everything right, from the wooden side stakes on the bed to the beautifully restored chrome bumpers to the big, white CHEVROLET on the tailgate. And speaking of the tailgate, drop it down and you'll find a beautifully refinished bed that's far nicer than original, and has a soft, warm glow that makes this Chevy particularly appealing. Other details are added taillights for improved visibility and incorporating turn signals, black painted running boards that you won't be afraid to step on, and a cool protective decal under the gas filler to help keep gas from eating the paint.
The interior is basic, no doubt about that, but that's also a big part of an old pickup truck's charm. The original bench seat is wrapped in a fresh black vinyl seat cover that adds a few pleats for interest. Matching door inserts break up the otherwise all-steel panels and original-style rubber floor mats mean that getting a little dirt inside is no big deal. The original gauges are quite nicely finished with bright numbers and clear lenses and the dash and steering column are painted to match the bodywork. There's no radio, because such things were still optional in 1951, but there is an under-dash heater that's remarkably effective should you need it, and three-on-the-tree shifting feels light and easy to manage. The big steering wheel offers plenty of leverage on the unassisted steering, so it even feels reasonably nimble in traffic or, say, the parking lot at the local home center. Seat belts were also added for safety, along with the aforementioned turn signals.
Chevy's smooth and utterly reliable "stovebolt" six engine displaces 216 cubic inches in this particular 3100 pickup, enough to make it fun to drive without spoiling the vintage feel. It's quite nicely detailed with corporate gray paint on the engine itself, a correct downdraft carburetor, and a complete 6-volt electrical system as original. It starts easily and has a great trucky grumble from the single exhaust pipe, and you'll probably find that it goes about its business with a minimum of fuss. The chassis got a good detailing, too, with original equipment throughout, from the rigid front axle to the 3-speed manual gearbox, to the 4-wheel drum brakes that are perfectly adequate given the truck's performance. It's really quite quite underneath, and with fresh 215/75/15 blackwall radials on new painted steel wheels, it definitely has an old truck look with modern safety and handling.
You will see trucks like this going through auctions, as they have recently, for much more than the asking price of this one. And they continue to climb. A great opportunity for a great truck. Call now!
- Vinyl Interior
- Front Brakes
- Rear Brakes
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