1953 GMC Series 100-22: After WWII, Chevy came out the box with completely redesigned vehicles. Drivers wanted a more comfortable ride, equipped with better visibility and more width to the cargo box. The Advanced-Design Half-Ton Pickup delivered on all those requests. Produced from 1947 through 1953, the Advanced-Design played a heavy role in Chevrolet’s success during the first decade after the War. Ratio of sale between cars and trucks dropped to 2.5:1, and Chevy hit 2 million sales (the first for any American car maker) in 1950.
Of all the Advanced-Design trucks produced, the 1953 GMC is coveted the most by collectors. Not only was 1953 the final year of this body style but it was also the first year of the highly desirable Hydramatic automatic transmission. Although it shared many body panels with Chevrolet, the GMC was considered the heavier duty work truck due to its stronger drivetrain.
The 5-window (Deluxe Cab) offer here today was treated to an extensive restoration in 2015. The majority of the truck was disassembled before paint, the interior is all new, and the drivetrain was completely rebuilt. Although this GMC retains its original Hydramatic transmission, the engine was upgraded to a 302 inline-6 donated from a 1953 GMC wrecker. The extra cubic inches coupled with the Hydramatic make the truck a blast to drive when compared to other ’47-’53s. As far as history, this truck remained in the original family from 1953-2012. During that time, the truck spent several years off the road. In total it was parked for apprx 40 years while it was in the custody of 2 different family members. When purchased by the 2nd owner in 2012, it was treated to a full restoration over the next 2 year period. Today this GMC stands tall and will make the next owner proud. Additional highlights of this build include; Custom Wood Stake-sides, Factory Visor, Chrome Mirrors, Optima Battery, Rubber Bedmat, Full Spare, 16″ Wheels, and new 6.5-16 6-Ply Tires!