1. 1953 Chevrolet 3100 'Five-Window' Pickup

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1953 Chevrolet 3100 'Five-Window' Pickup
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $45,000 - $65,000
• Exceptionally attractive “Advanced Design” pickup
• Eye-catching five-window body styling
• Very nicely restored and presented
• Desirably upgraded with air-conditioning
• Equipped with in-dash radio and 12-volt electrics
• Complete with a classic 1950s-style Schwinn bicycle

235 cid OHV inline six-cylinder engine, single-barrel carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 116”

By 1947, civilian vehicle production was back in full swing and light-duty trucks were no exception at GM’s Chevrolet and GMC divisions. While Dodge and Ford rolled out new designs for 1948 and Studebaker followed for 1949, General Motors beat them all to market with the May 1947 release of its new designs. Twinned with their GMC stablemates, the new Chevrolet “Advanced Design” light-duty truck models featured smooth styling, “Unisteel Battleship” construction, and improved visibility. Their significantly larger cabs were eight inches wider than before, with three inches more shoulder space and measured a foot longer.

The light-duty Advance-Design trucks came in three series, all designated "Thriftmaster" 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 the safety and stopping power afforded by newly adopted, self-energizing Bendix brakes.

Not messing with success, Chevrolet brass left the Advanced Design pickups essentially unchanged through 1953 with only detail-oriented styling and engineering updates. Among them were repositioning of the fuel tank to inside the cab and behind the seat back, greater power for the 216.5-cid “Stovebolt Six” engine, replacement of the cowl vent with vent windows, and new pushbutton style door handles. Chevrolet pickups were a huge success, ranking number one in sales for every year of the Advanced Design era spanning 1947-1954. Today, they remain a favorite among collectors and enthusiasts.

This 1953 Chevrolet 3100 Five-Window Pickup is a particularly attractive and enjoyable example of Chevrolet’s famed Advanced Design pickup line. Very well-restored and maintained, it is reliably powered by a 235 cubic-inch inline six-cylinder engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission and rolls on a new set of wheels and tires. Featuring exceptional paint accented by gleaming chrome and trim, this fine pickup’s attributes include a tidy interior fitted with a newer seat cover, retrofitted air-conditioning under the dash, a radio, and higher-capacity 12-volt electrics for greater reliability. Best of all, the beautifully restored cargo bed features a classic 1950s-style Schwinn bicycle which is included in the sale. An unquestionable success when new, the first all-new postwar Chevrolet pickups remain highly collectible, enjoyable and economical to own today, with smooth bodylines that continue to lend themselves extremely well to a variety of as ordered custom treatments.

1953 Chevrolet 3100 'Five-Window' Pickup
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