1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup - $37,900
     
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Fortunately, someone has already done all the heavy lifting for you with this one, turning it into arguably the finest example we’ve ever featured.

Attractive restoration in great colors. Beautiful new interior. 12-volt electrical system, otherwise completely stock. Runs and drives very well, recently serviced, refinished wood bed. An appealing Advance Design pickup ready to enjoy!

If you’ve been looking around, you surely realize that Chevy’s Advance Design pickups of the late ‘40s and early ‘50s are some of the hottest trucks on the market. That’s easy to understand; they’re attractive, functional, easy to maintain, and fun to drive. Fortunately, someone has already done all the heavy lifting for you with this one, turning it into arguably the finest example we’ve ever featured. The paint is dark turquoise, so it straddles the fence between blue and green (the photos capture it pretty well), and that gives this vintage truck an appropriate look, especially with black fenders. It’s quite solid and clean, with doors that close easily and that giant clamshell hood latches down without a fight. Finish quality is excellent, with a deep shine to the finish that only comes from a lot of time invested in the prep and polish work—this isn’t a cut-rate truck job. It’s also quite nicely dressed, offering chrome bumpers and grille, accessory fog lights, and a beautifully refinished oak bed floor that’s probably too nice for cargo duty. You’ll also note dual mirrors for safety, step plates on the running boards, and dual taillights for today’s traffic (only the left taillight was standard on these trucks). Big, bold white CHEVROLET lettering on the tailgate reminds everyone who built this awesome truck.

The interior was recently refinished in upscale green cloth and vinyl that looks period-appropriate but provides quite a bit more comfort than the original vinyl. Matching dark green carpets help with noise and heat, making this 3100 a comfortable cruiser in a way that many of its siblings are not. The rest of the controls are standard Chevrolet, from the twin round gauge pods (all gauges are operational) to the 3-speed manual shifter on the column. That big steering wheel makes it easy to maneuver the truck even without power steering. Auxiliary switches for the fog lights are under the dash and someone has thoughtfully added turn signals, a smart idea in today’s world. There is no radio due to the 12-volt conversion but it would be easy to add one, and there is a modern heater/defroster unit with dial controls under the dash. Even the headliner is beautifully finished to match—nobody was cutting corners on this truck!

The engine is Chevy’s familiar 216 cubic inch inline-6, which served faithfully in various configurations for decades. It’s torquey, smooth, reliable, and extremely easy to service with great parts availability, making the 3100 a fantastic choice for a hobby vehicle. This one is nicely detailed with correct blue engine enamel, a single downdraft carburetor with oil bath air cleaner, and a factory distributor. The lone modification is the alternator in place of the original generator, and some fresh wiring to accommodate the 12-volt electrical system. With 12 volts running through it, the starter spins with vigor and the engine fires off easily, settling into an easy idle without any drama. On the road, it pulls to 50 MPH and cruises easily around town where it feels energetic and agile. The 3-speed manual transmission shifts easily and has light clutch action, so it’s hardly a chore to drive and the manual 4-wheel hydraulic brakes are plenty powerful for the truck’s modest performance. Underneath you’ll find a new exhaust system with the right 6-cylinder grumble, newer tube shocks at both ends, and recently serviced brakes with new lines and wheel cylinders. Cab corners are excellent and the floors are not rusty, although it appears that it was once modified for a floor shift transmission and then returned to stock—no harm there. Correct 16-inch steel wheels wear hubcaps and accessory trim rings, plus a set of flashy 6.00-16 BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whitewall tires that really dress the truck up nicely.

If you’ve been watching prices on these trucks, you know they’re only going up. This one is available for far less than the cost of bringing a project up to this level and it can be enjoyed immediately. We love these trucks and seriously considered keeping this one for ourselves—that’s how nice it is. Give us a call today and we’ll tell you all about it!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1952 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup
Price: $37,900
Stock Number: 118097
Odometer Reading: 87,040
VIN: KEA680141
Engine: 216 cubic inch inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 4.1100000000000003
Wheelbase: 116 inches
Wheels: 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
Tires: 6.00-16 BFGoodrich Silvertown wide whitewall
Exterior Color: Green and Black
Interior Color: Green cloth
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