1945 Chevy Truck – 350 V8, 4 Speed, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, Wood Bed, Digital Gauges, Vintage Air, $70k Frame-off Build, RARE Truck!
There weren’t many Chevrolet pickups sold in 1945, for a variety of very good reasons. In fact, between March 9, 1942 and July 31, 1945, only the Office of Defense Transportation could authorize the sale of a light-duty truck to the civilian market, and over those three years the output of the entire industry totaled 56,128 pickups. Then it really got complicated, especially for GM. While production was still technically allocated for the military, it was obvious that America needed more commercial vehicles to replace those that had been worked to death during the War. In late summer 1945, the War Department authorized a limited run of half-ton Chevrolet trucks based on existing 115-inch wheelbase designs, for sale only to qualified and essential buyers. Even that restricted production was soon cut short when a massive 118-day UAW strike started on November 21, stopping almost all of GM’s factories. It is thought that fewer than 6,000 trucks were titled as 1945 vehicles during this period, and some unknown numbers of those were previously built for the military.