First introduced in 1935, the Suburban remains one of the longest-running model names in automotive history. Initially known as the “Carryall Suburban,” it was offered by both Chevrolet and GMC, intended to compete with Ford in the growing market for light truck-based vehicles. Based on the existing commercial panel truck designs, the Suburban included added windows and seating for up to eight passengers, with cargo access via a two-piece tailgate. For 1939, the wheelbase grew to 113.5 inches, while the exterior was slightly restyled.
A reliable inline six-cylinder engine powered the Suburban, and in 1941, a 93-horsepower, 228-cubic inch GMC inline six-cylinder powered the GMC-built versions. Production continued until the switch to wartime production began in early 1942, following America’s full-scale entry into World War II. Suburbans usually carried steel bodies, but with their robust construction, fashionable wooden bodywork was also provided from specialist companies.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2010 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.
93 hp, 228 cu. in. overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with four wheel semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 113.5"
Source: RM Auctions
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