Handsome Tanker: 1948 Chevy 6400 Series COE

This classic 1948 Chevrolet 6400 Series COE hasn’t met its reserve despite being a nicely preserved survivor that’s described as being a solid truck. The seller has listed several updates and repairs made to the Chevy, and it seems like a decent driver that would be right at home as a prop for a restoration shop or roadside attraction. Only trouble is, not many folks are willing to part with a ton of cash for a piece of advertising, so could it find use again as a working rig? Find the COE here on eBay with bidding at $10K.

The lettering on the sides sure looks like the real-deal and not just some fake stickers added to make it seem like this Chevy saw duty as an actual fuel delivery truck. The seller doesn’t provide any detail on whether the paint or graphics are original, so we’ll just have to use our imaginations. The body appears to be in excellent shape, with no evidence of rot or accident damage.

The interior is equally nice, which throws some doubt at the prospect of this Chevy actually being used by Conoco for delivering fuel, but it’s possible the cabin has been restored. Over the years, I’ve seen Conoco create promotional items like go-carts and other schwag that makes the company one of the cooler brands out there (in my eyes), and this would look perfect parked at a Rt. 66 tourist trap.

Actually, now that I think about it, the Chevy is parked right where it should be – in front of an old gas station! The seller notes that it no longer has its original engine, which has been replaced with a newer model he believes to be a 235 series six-cylinder. It retains a six-volt system but has a new master cylinder, newer tires, and new voltage regulator and generator. What’s a fair reserve for a truck like this?

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Comments

  1. Del

    Yup. great daily driver

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  2. Howard A. Member

    Petroliana has gotten huge. People that have everything and don’t know where to spend their money, create these extraordinary vintage gas station scenes, and these fit right in. Made for a time when gas delivery was a local deal, when 1,000 gallons was a lot of fuel. This is a 5 compartment tanker, the numbers on top show the capacity of each compartment. It was not uncommon to carry 5 different types of products.Today, this has nor the capacity or the power to be a driver, and a little pricey for a static display, but as a restored unit, it is pretty cool. I’ve found, today, people generally don’t give a hoot about the history of something, but with 35 bids, there certainly is interest in this.

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  3. leiniedude leiniedude Member

    I agree on the Petroliana action going on Howard. I wonder after your gas station is done, what do you go after next? Bus Stations? Old ag stuff is huge also. I wish I had that old metal John Deere sign I needed to patch the floor of the van. Cool stuff though. The good news is the sun is shining in Wisco today, but 25 degrees below the average temp.

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  4. JBP

    Realy a sweet old workhorse.. but no photos of engine, pumps, undercarrige etc.
    if seller realy wana sell, that ad could be much better…
    if mine, i had kept it.. Money isnt everything.. and when have you last seen one like it??
    i think most of These where cut up, or used for water on dirt tracks..

    Like 2
  5. Percy Hawkins

    It wouldn’t have been a Conoco-owned truck but rather the local oil and gas retailer that provided fuel and gas for local farms and homes and businesses using oil heat and such. Conoco would have been the brand of oil and gas that they sold.

  6. BR

    That’s an older restoration of a bulk lubricating oil delivery truck. According to the compartment numbers this truck only has a capacity of 1,000 gallons. Being a Signal service station owner from the early ’60’s, I had never seen a gasoline tanker under 5,000 gallons. The open compartment on the passenger side was for 5 gallon pails of grease. Compartment on the driver’s side contained the tank manifold and meter. I believe the reason “Paul” doesn’t give much information is because he just doesn’t know. I smell another flipper.

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