1. 1951 Chevrolet 3100 'Three-Window' Pickup

  2. 1951 Chevrolet 3100 'Three-Window' Pickup

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Lot Number
47
1951 Chevrolet 3100 'Three-Window' Pickup
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $40,000 - $60,000
CHASSIS NO: JBA559282
• Fully restored and exceptionally attractive
• Striking colors accented with attractive brightwork
• Powered by Chevrolet’s legendary and durable “Thriftmaster Six”
• Beautifully restored cargo bed; whitewalls and bright hubcaps
• 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 were 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 "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 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.

Handsomely finished in rarely seen, striking blue paintwork, this 1951 Chevrolet 3100 Three-Window Pickup is an excellent and attractive representative of the celebrated and historic “Advance Design” GM truck series, very nicely dressed up with chrome bumpers, body-color steel wheels, bright hubcaps, whitewall tires, and twin taillights. Underhood, the durable 216.5 cubic-inch Thriftmaster Six is equipped with proper ancillary components and coupled to a three-speed manual transmission, delivering combining 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. The passenger compartment is all business with a full-width bench seat and column-mounted shifter, yet very nicely restored and inviting. Out back, the cargo bed features beautifully finished wooden flooring. An attractive and enjoyable classic hauler, this 1951 Chevrolet 3100 pickup boasts incredible curb appeal and is now ready to carry you on your next adventure.

1951 Chevrolet 3100 'Three-Window' Pickup
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