Blank Canvas: 1948 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

How is this for a great marketing vehicle? If I owned a business that needed a great delivery vehicle, you can’t get much cooler than this! It is a 1948 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery and can be found here on eBay with an asking price of $12,500. Located in Polk City, Florida, the white paint is ready for any business name and graphics or a wrap.

The interior is great looking and the seller describes it as almost a nine out of ten. There are a few little things the new owner could improve such as broken knobs on the dash. Other than that, the cabin seems clean and comfortable.

The straight-six supposedly runs strong and the transmission shifts smooth. The seller says they have recently addressed the following:  fuel pump, ignition coil, condenser, inline fuel filter, spark plugs, battery/cables, and points. They also had the starter and carburetor rebuilt.

There is a ton of room in the back of this thing! Can you imagine a bunch of flower deliveries or auto parts ready to be driven around in style? I can. The white paint would look great with some hand-painted graphics. Hopefully this car will see a long life with a new owner that will appreciate it and use it well. What can you see this car doing in the future?


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  1. Robbie M.

    Awesome. The definition of coolness.

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  2. healeydays

    I know a brewery that it would be perfect for.

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  3. bobk

    First, awesome car.

    Second, while I agree in principle with the uses that have been described, there is no way in hell that I’d allow an employee to be driving around the city making deliveries out of this. Guaranteed that at some point, it is going to come back scratched, dented, or worse, which is when I’d be going away for causing severe bodily harm.

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    • Gaspumpchas

      yea agreed Bobk- if a kid could figure out how to drive a stick, the first time he jumped on it, that Babbitt pounder 6 would puke its guts. This is such a cool piece- but that six isn’t up for long trips and uncaring drivers. If it was you or me driving it, we’d drive it for 20 more years!

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      • Danny from Oz

        If the “Babbitt pounder” as you describe it, won’t last long trips, how come it’s lasted 70+ years? Put brain into action before putting mouth into gear.

      • Paul

        Inline Chevrolet 6 cylinder motors are the most durable motors….hard to kill one

      • geomechs geomechs Member

        I worked on those old Babbitt-Pounders for years and I’m amazed at the hard use and abuse they would take. 216s and 235s in those old grain trucks. Dropped valves, broken rings, split timing gears. Did have a 3800 that pounded out two rods. The bottom end failures could almost always be attributed to cold weather/thick oil start-up. Yes, overrevving, like missing a shift or letting it race going downhill sometimes put a rod through the side but that also happened to 250s and 292s.

      • bobk

        Agreed, Gaspumpchas. Teenagers and some employees, whatever their age.

        Leave it to a teenager to be able to kill anything with an engine. I sold my Jeep Liberty CRD to a nephew who considers himself to be a diesel fanatic. Not a thing wrong with it other than relatively high miles (224k).

        He managed to blow up the turbocharger within a month. His dad told me later that he (nephew) was out trying light up the tires while in 4wd. He threw a rebuilt turbocharger on it and blew that one up (parents paid for). Then he threw on another rebuilt turbocharger (parents paid for) and immediately took it to the local Ford dealer. Traded it in for a Ford Fusion (parents guaranteed the loan). You don’t want to know what that Fusion looks like now.

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    • Mike

      Bodily harm H E double hockey sticks! I’d be getting sent up for manslaughter if that happened!

  4. geomechs geomechs Member

    This is nice! I like long-roof cars but my wife is not in my corner, unless (for some reason) it’s a panel, like this one. She loves this car and fortunately (for me) it’s a long way from the western plains. It’s still tempting. I wouldn’t change a thing although I’m not fussy about changing it to a 12V system. My ’49 runs just fine on 6V. Of course, now that this has been done, I doubt if I would change it back. But this car would be a lot of fun…

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    • canadainmarkseh Member

      Why don’t you road trip it back with your wife. It make for an interesting adventure. When are you going to see another in this shape and with this much chrome. I say go for it.

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      • geomechs geomechs Member

        Please don’t give her any ideas. We’re actually trying to downsize and sold two cars. We need to drop a couple more…

    • canadainmarkseh Member

      That’s how it works you spend your life building up your stuff and when you done you have start getting rid of it

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  5. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    Hey Ken Carney, this is the rig for you and the family! Looks close also, take care, Mike.

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  6. Tom Bell

    Almost impossible to find a sedan delivery that hasn’t been butchered into some form of “resto-mod”. This one’s a beauty. Hope it doesn’t end up sitting in the weather in front of someones’s business as an automotive sign board.

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  7. bobhess bobhess Member

    This rig looks like it could be a ton of fun!

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  8. Paul

    Very nice vehicle….there as so many possibilities that someone could do with this. I hope whom ever buys it Keeps it a 6 cylinder.
    This would absolutely be a great promotional vehicle for any business. I would patronize any business that used this just because of the insight that the business must have!

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    • Gray Wolf

      Surf Shop delivery! I would do that just for minimum wage just to be by the beach!!🏄🏄🏄🏄😎

  9. BobbyG

    Nit picking but the grill on this identifies it as a 1947. Maybe it was replaced sometime in the past? I have previously owned a 1948 Chevrolet and it had a vertical chrome strip in the center of the grill.

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  10. JOHN Member

    Slick…I’d put a different wheel/tire combo, and lower it just slightly, and drive it.

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  11. Joe Machado

    Mornin ya’ll. Cross country run, stopped in Shamrock, Texas. Found a fenced yard of oldies lined up. Takin pictures. I am lookin for Mopars, and found some mid 50’s Chevies to early 60’s. Plus assorted others. Town may have had a Studebaker dealer at one time. Found a 57 2 door, outside and sittin for years. Looks complete. Roller. More Stues around in yards.

  12. Gaspumpchas

    .Well, Danny, you need to know what you are talking about before shooting off mouth. I have worked around cars and trucks for 50 plus years. The Inline sixes we are talking about are the Pre-53 Chevy engines, that had poured Babbitt bearings as opposed to Pressurized oiling systems and insert bearings. Those that didn’t take care of the early engines had problems. In my case, living in upstate new York, folks from NYC would travel up the Taconic parkways at highway speed, and a lot of these couldn’t stand the pounding. My Boss was an expert at rebuilding these. After 1955, yes the sixes were great- chevy 235 was now pressurized, ford sixes very durable, and the Legendary leaning tower of power, the Mopar slant six was indestructible. So- obviously you have no experience or Knowledge of what you are talking about. So head back to OZ and chase Toto around. We don’t like your type of criticism here.

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    • Danny from Oz

      Gaspumpchas, ( I guess that’s your occupation), because you obviously have no brains.Any splash fed motor with babbit bearings will fail, if not properly maintained, as will a pressure fed motor. The old splash fed Hudson motors were raced with great success, even with 5” stroke, although these would sometimes through a leg out of bed, they even beat side valve V8 Fords. I served my apprenticeship on these Chevs and Hudson’s, so I’m well versed on their capabilities. As I previously stated this one has lasted over 70 years. How can I head back to Oz when I’m already here, a place where you and some of your fellow Americans would love to live. If you do get to come here, please bring the Don with you, we do need a politician with guts.

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  13. BobbyG

    I can vouch for the reliability of the six cylinder in the ’48 Chevys. In 1955 I drove a “48 Chevy from Pensacola, Florida with three passengers and all of our luggage to Yellowstone Park ( and back ) for a summer job while in college. I even drove the old Chevy up PIkes Peak on that trip. The car served me well until it was traded for a new Corvair in 1960 but that is another story.

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  14. Duane

    Gaspumpchas is spot on–I went thru six(6) 1951 Chev’s in high school, and put three sets of rod bearings in the first one, until I got smart and converted it to insert bearings. Quite a bit of work, but worth it if you remember to point the oil scoops the right way. The next five got inserts 1st. thing. My last 51′ was bored .030, alum, pistons/rods, balanced, head shaved, and dual carbs. I embarrased several 57′ Chev V-8 drivers (up to 80 MPH) until the word got around . As the saying goes, wish I still had that one–

  15. TimM

    Super cool!! Looks really clean and well cared for!!

  16. chrlsful

    cloth side walls insideda back? WoW…

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