Chevrolet 1/2 Ton Pickup
In 1947, America was recovering from WWII and redirecting automobile production back to civilian vehicles. This included pickup trucks, many of which were 1938 and 1939 designs that had soldiered on through the war. General Motors revised its truck line in 1947, Dodge and Ford in 1948 and Studebaker in 1949.
General Motors introduced its Chevrolet Advanced Design trucks in May 1947, twinned with GMC versions. Ambitiously advertised as having “Unisteel Battleship” construction, their bigger windows offered up to three passengers “Observation Car Vision.” In fact, they were significantly larger and much smoother looking. The cabs were eight inches wider, with three inches more shoulder space and a foot more length. The heater and defroster now drew air from outside, as opposed to just re-circulating it, and optional oil-bath cleaners extended engine life. Chevrolet led truck sales into the 1950s, selling 494,573 trucks in 1950. Many – if not most – are still at work on farms across the U.S. or have been restored into showpieces.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
92 hp, 216.5 cu. in. six-cylinder engine, one-barrel carburetor, beam front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel