1951 GMC 5-Window Pickup - $39,900
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Incredible resto-mod. 1994 Lincoln Town Car chassis with 1951 GMC pickup on top. Drives like a Lincoln. 4.6 SOHC V8, 4-speed automatic overdrive, 4-wheel disc brakes. Full Town Car interior including dash! The coolest GMC we’ve ever seen!

When is a Town Car not a Town Car? When there’s a cool Advance Design pickup on top! The build on this truck is almost too clever to be called simply a resto-mod. It’s more the seamless blending of a 1994 Lincoln Town Car and a 1951 GMC 3/4-ton pickup, creating the best of both worlds. The key is the wheelbase, and it turns out that the Lincoln is exactly the right size to slide under the cab and bed of the GMC. Of course, there’s a lot more to it than that, but the ultimate result is a cool 5-window pickup that looks traditional and drives like a luxury car. The bodywork is 100% steel and completely stock, so it has the right look from any angle. No fiberglass, no chopping, no questionable mods to make it fit, just a super clean pickup with straight bodywork and nice panel fit so it’ll stand out at shows. We like the subtle Wimbledon White paint job, a kind of off-white that’s highlighted by a set of bright red stripes along the rockers. Nothing too flashy, just enough to tip folks off that there might be something interesting going on here. The factory grille and bumpers were painted to match, and the emblems are a blend of original GMC letters and late-model badges that further blur the line between old and new. The bed is finished in Douglas Fir, which was raised a bit to clear the original Town Car fuel tank underneath. All the weather seals are new, too, so it seals up like it should. No tricks, just a clean truck that was built right.

The interior is where things really start to get interesting. Not only did they use the Lincoln’s chassis, but most of the Lincoln’s interior was transplanted into the GMC’s cabin. The result is rather remarkable, with a full Lincoln dashboard, steering wheel, and leather bench seat in place of the original pieces. Even more incredibly, things like the digital gauges, steering wheel controls, radio (with CD changer hidden behind the seat), and other switches are fully operational, just as they would have been in the Town Car. The only notable deviation from Town Car spec is that there is no automatic climate control simply because there was no room for the system to fit behind the dash or on the firewall—some compromises had to be made. But that doesn’t change the fact that this is a showstopper anywhere it goes and everyone does a double-take when they see that leather-wrapped wheel and bright digital instrument panel. Even the Lincoln’s digital clock was transferred and works properly! The door panels were custom upholstered to match the seat and yes, that’s the original GMC pedestal underneath. A custom center consolette is on the floor, adding a little contrast, and the headliner is familiar GMC fiberboard so it keeps a bit of its truck DNA. Sliding behind the wheel of this pickup is always a thrill.

The Lincoln Town Car’s full powertrain and chassis made the trip under the GMC fully intact. That means power comes from a Ford 4.6-liter SOHC V8. Impeccably smooth, it generates enough torque to make the truck feel downright quick (remember the truck is probably 1000 pounds lighter than a Town Car) yet feels completely effortless in everything it does. Thanks to factory fuel injection, it starts instantly and idles properly under all circumstances and it’s all but silent on the road. And best of all, it can be serviced at any Ford dealer and the factory scan tools can be used! It also uses the Lincoln’s 4-speed automatic transmission and rear end with 2.73 gears inside, so it’s a superlative highway cruiser that never works very hard. The front suspension is independent and there’s a big disc brake at each corner (power assisted, of course). Even the Lincoln’s exhaust system made the trip intact, making this perhaps the cleanest-running 1951 GMC you’ll ever find. On the truck side, you’ll note that the floors and cab corners are excellent with zero rust issues and the battery is tucked away in back under the bed. Ride quality is unbelievably smooth, braking is confident, and, well, it drives like a modern luxury car. That’s just too cool. The only real indication that there’s any modern hardware on board are those gorgeous chrome Torque Thrust wheels, which carry 245/45/17 performance radials at all four corners.

Very cleverly built, nicely engineered, and a ton of fun at shows when you pop the hood, this GMC pickup is one of those no-hassles old vehicles that everyone says they want. Get in, turn the key, and go! Ride quality is worlds better than original, so if you like the idea of an old truck but want something a little more capable, this is a fantastic choice. I don’t know what it cost to build, but surely it was far more than the asking price. Take a look then give us a call today!

Note: this vehicle is titled as a 1951 GMC.

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Vehicle: 1951 GMC 5-Window Pickup
Price: $39,900
Stock Number: 120045
Odometer Reading: 140,640
VIN: B228335478
Engine: 4.6 liter SOHC V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 2.73
Wheelbase: 117.4 inches
Wheels: 17-inch Torque Thrust wheels
Tires: 245/45/17 performance radials
Exterior Color: Wimbledon White
Interior Color: Tan leather
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