Cheap Driver: 1948 Chevrolet Suburban

Brian BirknerBy Brian Birkner

Who doesn’t love a cheap, running and driving, classic? This 1948 Chevrolet Suburban is a fine looking example that may even bare original paint. Looking to be complete, and solid, this Suburban is difficult to say no to. Offered at a mere $2,200, this Chevy is nicer than your local craigslist junk box for the same price. Find it here on craigslist out of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Peter R provided this excellently cheap submission. Thanks Peter!

Appearing straight and promising, this Chevy seems like a hot deal. Sadly there is little information offered, and there are only two pictures as well. Taking a closer look the paint is a little dry, and the bright work suffers from some minor rust. There is a tow ball installed on the front bumper, as well as at the rear of this truck. The glass looks clean and clear, and the only real rust to mention is a little surface rust developing over the rear fender arch against the body. Powered by a 216 cubic inch inline 6 and a 4 speed manual transmission, this Suburban would probably be reliable with a good looking over. Hopefully the interior is as nice as the exterior. The seats are present, but little else can be seen of the interior. You could pick this one up as a cheap project, or a cheap driver. Either way you can’t go wrong with this one for the price. What would you do with this Suburban?

 

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  1. doug

    that’s too cheap, the ad is already pulled.

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  2. Mr. Bond

    Love the hatch back! Almost all of them had the barn doors! Too bad it’s not real, or sold already. In my mind, I was packing my bags for the trip!

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  3. LMK

    Somebody grabbed , what appeared to be , a great deal…..

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  4. DrinkinGasoline

    It was screaming at me…Drinkin !? give me a
    Marmon-Herrington conversion !! Darn.

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  5. John P

    This is posted on the Cape Cod CL… Some wise-hunter did his checking..

    https://capecod.craigslist.org/cto/5953567750.html

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    • Jim Mc

      Yeah, $2200 did not seem right.

      Sold for $7500….I can believe that.

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  6. erikj

    What a deal!!! I believe these are rare, at least in this original shape.
    I wonder if one us B/F folks was the lucky buyer? I would love to see and hear more about this one.

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  7. Van

    Keeping these original is important but, it would be fun to get a 2010 escalade from copart and use as many parts as possible. 400hp, 6spd, leather, ABS, power everything.

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  8. geomechs

    A burb like this one needs to be kept original; restored original; or preserved original. Drive it and fix it up as you go. Maybe install a larger six but keep it close to what came out so everything still fits. Not many of these built and very few survivors; we don’t need another one lying down on the ground with a panaromic slit where full-sized glass once was. Of course that’s just my opinion and is what I’d do if this came to my place. The likelihood of it going to someone else’s place and getting the same treatment is getting more and more remote….

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  9. Skip

    Nice old wagon. Anyone who’s ever seen me respond here knows about my ambulance service background. The first ambulance I remember ever seeing was a two-tone blue 1948 Chevy panel truck that belonged to Ellis Funeral Home here in Midland. But the first ambulance I ever encountered was a 1939 LaSalle hearse/ambulance combination. It was my first-ever ride in a motor vehicle; much less an ambulance! I was a premie and got stuck in the hospital for 10 days. When it came time for me to come home everyone was tied up, so my granddad called the funeral home. Our neighbor managed the place at the time and kept the ambulance at home at night. So he stopped by the hospital and picked me up in a baby blanket; put me on the front seat; and away we went: full Code 3. When we drove up in front of my grandparents’ house, everyone came out laughing, because they caught the joke of our neighbor, Riley, running the lights and siren. But my sweet little grandmother was very superstitious. She just ‘knew” that he was coming to get them to take them back to the hospital in a hurry…so out the door she came, screaming at the top of her lungs. Or so I’ve been told over the years. Obviously I have no memories of that; but it must’ve had it’s effect on me, because I’ve been involved in ambulance work since the age of 15. Hmmm!

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    • Greg Stegall

      Great story. Nice to hear different reasons how people got interested in the hobby.

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  10. newfieldscarnut

    Scammers suck .

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  11. Richard

    Front hitch ball. These were hard to back with a trailer. Fishermen used the front ball to put their boat in the water, then back off the ramp

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  12. Tom hetrick

    marina truck pulling boat trailers.

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