1952 Chevy 3100 Deluxe Cab – In 1925, Ford was the first of the Big Three to enter the pickup market, but it was Chevrolet that stood tall as Detroit’s top truck-seller by the time of World War II. Chevy resumed civilian truck production in August 1945, and really got back to business in May 1947 with its new “Advance Design” pickups. Wider, longer and lower than the prewar leftovers marketed in 1946, the Advance Design models looked thoroughly modern and featured an equally modern “alligator” hood hinged at the rear. Beneath that gator was Chevy’s proven 216-cid “Stovebolt” six-cylinder. There were few changes as the Advance Design trucks rolled into the 1950s, but Chevy continued to sell more trucks than all rivals—even with Ford’s new F-series models on the market after 1948. Notable updates included vent windows being added to the doors in 1951, and a restyled grille and trendy one-piece windshield appearing in 1954. That same year a much improved 235-cid six-cylinder was installed and an optional automatic transmission was introduced. The biggest downside to owning a factory stock Chevy 3100 is that the pre-1953 216-cid inline-six engines are weak for modern use, thanks to babbit bearings and splash lubrication. For that very reason, builders have married this iconic body design with later model drivetrains to create highly improved classic trucks that can handle today’s driving conditions.
This beautiful 1952 Chevy 3100 Deluxe Cab is a great example of a classic truck that “checks all the boxes.” It has; the right stance, the comfortable interior with cold a/c, the wood bed, great looks, and the performance to match! This truck come to us from a local collector and most of the build was completed about 2010. It has been garage kept since but was driven occasionally to and from shows so it does have very minor signs of use. The only area of note is a quarter size paint chip on the top of the tailgate. The rest of the body and paint are in excellent condition and the truck is 100% rust free. It retains a very original overall look with the obvious shaved door handles and firewall. On the inside you will find two very comfortable late model GM captains chairs (with integrated seat belts) and steering wheel that make for a great ride. Being in TX, the presence of cold A/C is also a huge plus and needed most of the year. Under the hood you will find a built 350 V8 with a mild performance cam, an Edelbrock Endurashine Intake, a FAST Fuel Injection System, Dual Electric Fans, and Chrome Valve Covers & Air Cleaner . Additional features and options include; Mustang II Style Independent Front Suspension, Ford 9″ Rear-end, Power Steering & Brakes, Wood Bed, Lowered, Center Console Storage, Cloth Floormats, Dual Exhaust, Keyless Entry, Power Windows, Tinted Glass, Tilt Steering, Full Spare, 15″ Chrome Wheels, New Cooper Radial G/T Tires! Please look up book values and comps on your own and you will quickly see why this is the next classic truck that belongs in your garage. Don’t let your neighbor beat you to it!