1947 Chevrolet 3100 First Series Pickup - $42,900
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The dark blue paint with black fenders is a traditional look that works well on the rounded pickup bodywork making this a very appealing machine.

Beautiful restoration of a final-year AK Series 3100 pickup. Only NOS parts used in the restoration. 216 cubic inch inline-6, 3-speed manual transmission. Beautifully finished inside and out. Easily the best early pickup we’ve ever featured!

Yes, they were still producing AK Series trucks in 1947 despite the introduction of the all-new Advance Design models. It didn’t make sense for GM to stop all truck production for the model change-over, so it was done gradually with both trucks being produced at the same time. That’s why this one was technically known as a “First Series” pickup in 1947, to differentiate it from the new models. It retains the same handsome pre-war look that resulted in millions of units sold and thanks to an extremely high-quality restoration, it shows in virtually new condition throughout. Speaking to the gentleman who restored the truck, we are informed that he only used NOS parts, including an NOS bed that had to be virtually impossible to find. The dark blue paint with black fenders is a traditional look that works well on the rounded pickup bodywork making this a very appealing machine. There’s enough chrome to make it look well-dressed, including the grille and hood vents that give it an art-deco feel that we like a lot. You’ll also note it has optional bumpers, accessory running board steps and dual taillights with blue-dot lenses, just to make it look well-dressed. The bed is beautifully finished in stainless and varnished oak, so it's probably too pretty to work for a living but it sure does attract a lot of attention at shows! And everywhere you look, the quality is evident, from the delicate red pinstripes on the chrome trim to the excellent panel fit, to the deep gloss on the paint that’s probably better than it was in 1947.

The interior is simple but functional, starting with a bench seat covered in brown leatherette that’s durable and comfortable. A big steering wheel makes the truck easy to maneuver (steering effort is shockingly light!) and a body-colored dashboard adds some color to the interior. But it’s still quite basic, with a rubber mat on the floor and a cardboard headliner overhead. The gauges were restored and all work properly keeping an eye on the six-cylinder engine up front, and the rest of the controls are basic: knobs for choke and throttle, a cowl vent under the dash, and accessory controls for the heater and defroster, which were still optional in 1947. Someone has thoughtfully added turn signals to make this truck a little more user-friendly in today’s world and the crank on the center of the dashboard opens the windshield for a little extra ventilation—who needs A/C? Certainly not your grandfather! And like the exterior, it’s just beautifully finished with correct finishes and components throughout.

By 1947, Chevy’s rugged “Stovebolt” six had grown to 216 cubic inches. It wasn’t built for speed, but there’s plenty of low-end torque and the smooth six doesn’t mid whistling along at 45-50 MPH without much strain. Fed by a 1-barrel carburetor and an oil bath air cleaner, it’s brutally simple and easy to service, and parts are plentiful so it’s an ideal hobby vehicle. You’ll note correct details like the hose clamps, ignition coil, and accessory oil filter, and it wears correct battleship gray engine enamel for a proper Chevy look. It also includes a reproduction cloth wiring harness, correct horn mounted on the intake manifold, and the original 6-volt electrical system works like it should (you can forget that nonsense about needing to “upgrade” to 12 volts). It starts easily with a little choke and makes great mechanical sounds that are a bit part of the joy of owning one of these trucks. The 3-speed shifts well with synchromesh on 2nd and 3rd, and there are 4.10 gears out back so the six feels lively around town. The suspension is simple, with live axles and leaf springs, but it’s effective and ride quality is pleasant and not at all harsh. Manual steering and manual drum brakes are effective enough for the truck’s modest performance and the new exhaust system makes a pleasing 6-cylinder grumble that quiets down at speed. And for a little flash, those 6.00-16 Goodyear wide whites sure look good!

Documentation includes an owner’s manual.

Beautifully finished, joyful to drive, and just plain fun, this handsome pickup wins friends wherever it goes. You’ll note that prices are moving on these pickups, making now a great time to get a superior example that will always be in demand. Look it over, then give us a call!

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

Vehicle: 1947 Chevrolet 3100 First Series Pickup
Price: $42,900
Stock Number: 119122
Odometer Reading: 76,370
VIN: AZ264326
Engine: 216 cubic inch inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Gear Ratio: 4.0999999999999996
Wheelbase: 115 inches
Wheels: 16-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
Tires: 6.00-16 Goodyear whitewalls
Exterior Color: Dark Blue
Interior Color: Brown leatherette
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