• Fully restored, very rare, and exceptionally attractive
• History includes 55 years of single prior ownership
• Detailed three-year restoration
• Great example of GM’s celebrated “Advance Design” light-duty series
216.5 cid OHV inline six-cylinder engine, single-barrel carburetor, 92 HP at 3,400 rpm, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 116”
While America’s automakers stopped building cars soon after the nation’s full-scale entry into World War II, they continued producing several million trucks and utility vehicles. The basic 1941-1942 designs soldiered on with some updates with the return to peacetime but, by mid-1947, Chevrolet and GMC introduced entirely restyled truck lines. As the first redesigned General Motors vehicles produced after the war, they arrived a full six months before any of the “Big Three” manufacturers debuted their new postwar passenger cars. Heralded as the “Advance-Design" series, these new GM trucks entered production during May 1947 and available for purchase on June 28, 1947. Contrast that date with GM's first restyled passenger cars, the 1948 Oldsmobile and Cadillac, which didn't reach dealerships until February and March of that year, respectively.
The light-duty Advance-Design trucks came in three series, all designated "Thrift-Master" models. The 3100 series denoted half-ton trucks; three-quarter-ton models comprised the 3600 series; and one-tons the 3800 range. The 3100 and 3800 also included fully enclosed panel-style and open-side Canopy Express variants, with the former featuring twin side-hinged rear doors, while the latter sported a low tailgate and waterproof roll-up curtains on the back and sides. Another variation was the versatile Carryall Suburban, an all-steel, eight-passenger station wagon restricted to the 3100 line. Thanks to GM engineers working under the direction of John G. Wood, the new truck cabs were at once larger, more comfortable, and more user-friendly than ever before, by virtue of widening made possible by lowering the body down and around the frame rails. This innovation allowed the doors to be moved outward by several inches, placing their outer surfaces down and almost parallel with the perimeter of the running boards. As a result, three adults could now sit comfortably, side by side, inside the cab.
Refinements applied to Chevrolet’s trucks for 1951 included a more-durable and wider "double-decker" seat with two layers of springs and improved adjustment mechanisms. The seat adjuster went to a combination of ball and roller bearings instead of the former double rollers on a central shaft. Another 1951 upgrade was the addition of self-energizing Bendix brakes. Here, as in passenger cars, the rotation of the drums provided some of the energy needed to force the shoes outward against the drums. This meant that the driver didn't have to push so hard on the pedal; the self-energizing action kicked in automatically whenever the driver touched the brakes. With their smooth bodylines and fine engineering, the Advance Design was also quite popular as a family vehicle, exemplified by the outstanding 3100-series Carryall Suburban offered here, which enjoyed 55 years of single prior ownership, including a comprehensive, frame-off restoration performed over a time frame of nearly three years and completed shortly before Bobby Monical acquired it.
Finished in period Pastel Green livery over brown upholstery, this 1951 Chevrolet 3100 Carryall Suburban is an excellent representative of the celebrated “Advance Design” GM truck series. Welcome and selective upgrades include a 12-volt electrical conversion, modern directional signals, and a hidden modern stereo. Underhood, the durable 216.5 cubic-inch Thriftmaster Six is coupled to a three-speed manual transmission and a heavy-duty rear axle, combining exceptional durability, ease of service, and plenty of torque to haul a full passenger load and all the gear required for a fun outing wherever you should travel. Now offered from the Bobby Monical Collection, this wonderful and enjoyable classic hauler remains simply excellent throughout. Boasting incredible eye appeal, it is ready to carry you on your next adventures with family and friends.
1951 Chevrolet Suburban 3100 Carryall Wagon
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