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1937 Chevrolet Truck: Perfect Patina?


The patina on this old truck looks like it could have been created by a movie studio prop crew. Some of the pictures are, well, almost artistic. It’s located in Albuquerque, New Mexico and looks the part. It could be the perfect lawn ornament in front of some fresh food themed restaurant. In the real world, what would one do with this 1937 Chevy truck? It’s an original survivor, all there and said to be 99% rust free. It’s been in dry storage for 30 years. I don’t know that it’s worth the $9,500 BIN here on eBay but they are taking bids. I guess one could clear the patina and use it for a driver, although it would be tempting to do a few things to make it drive better.





  1. Fred

    I’ve seen a LOT worse for that price….

  2. jeff6599

    Clearly a number 4 condition per OCPG which is valued at $4900. Do yourself a favor and avoid this pricing.

  3. Ed P

    Get this one running, fix any rust and paint. This will get you noticed at the hardware store.

  4. Howard A Member

    Such a cool era, but this truck been down to the feed mill a few times. I’m sure it started life as a pickup, and was converted to a hoist or just a “grain box” ( to be shoveled off by hand, I’m sure) While the price seems steep, so few of these remain. Generally, a lot of pre-war stuff was scrapped. This truck is sore, but clearly savable. Steering, way out ( 1st picture) and pretty shot from there on back. Looks like another “rat-rod” project, which is cool, I like rat-rods a lot more than resto-mods.

  5. Patrick McC.

    First, I’ll admit, I really like this truck. However the price is a bit steep and I found it interesting that the seller originally stated that it is 99% rust free then edited the posting to say 98% rust free. I don’t know, that 1% may have broken the deal for me…

  6. geomechs geomechs Member

    A good project truck for sure. I’m sure that the fenders have been primed at some point but that’s rust further inboard. For me the only way to go would be to restore it and drive it. For the purist you can buy a reproduction bed and rear fenders, but I’ve seen some pretty nice flatbeds too. Like some others the purchase price plus the cost of restoration might be hard to justify.

  7. Mike

    Well, being a fan of Old Chevy Trucks, I would say the price might be a little steep for me, but if I had it I would do what it takes to make it drivable, and redo the old bed with some salvaged barn wood, and drive it. This one remind me of a 38 Chevy that a old friend had, and he drove it everywhere, including the local landfill with trash from his house. I borrowed it one year and pulled a Homecoming parade float, and the truck won a prize, not the float.
    Oh well my opinion!!!!!

  8. Robert Mix

    Good shape. But missing bed & rear fenders looses $1000 to $1500 in value. Grille appears to be from 1937 Chevrolet car (smaller). Running boards not full length either. Value at $2000 at most.

    Front fenders, if steel in good condition, would bring $1000 for pair. Cab doors in good shape could bring $500 for pair.

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