Panel Delivery: 1954 Chevrolet 3100

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Chevrolet’s “Advance Design” trucks were the division’s first new models after World War II. They were wider, longer, and lower than their prewar counterparts and the series would continue through 1955 before the “Task Force” editions came along. Production included panel vans like this one, which was pressed into a laundry pick-and-delivery service. Located in Denver, Colorado, this shuttle hasn’t been used for at least 40 years and seems to be complete. Available here on craigslist, the asking price is $10,500. Thanks, Gunter Kramer, for directing us to this old workhorse.

While their roles would later reverse, Chevrolet would outsell Ford in the truck business in the 1950s. That didn’t stop Chevy from making changes to the 3100/3600 trucks over time (2WD/4WD). That would include things like vent windows in the doors and a one-piece windshield. In 1954, the inline-six motor was enlarged from 216 to 235 cubic inches, now producing 112 hp. We don’t know a lot about the seller’s version of this panel van other than it was once in the employ of C & B Cleaners and was retired back in the 1970s/1980s.

The photos provided don’t show the complete vehicle, likely because it doesn’t run and is more comfortable sharing a garage with what appears to be a 1956 Ford. It’s finished in two-tone green and white paint, perhaps the official colors of the cleaners. The seller tells us it has no rust, but we won’t fault the truck if there’s a little here and there. This looks like it could a project that might not take too much time and money, at least to get it running,

This would be a cool van to revive, clean up and run around town in just the way it is. Maybe it would lead you to a new career choice. Extras are coming with the deal, like a couple of spare rims, a door, and a front bumper. The downside here is the title is missing, so know what you’ll have to contend with at the DMV before diving in. The Advance Design Chevy trucks have solid resale value according to Hagerty, with one in Fair condition going for maybe $12,000, all the way up to pristine at $57,000.

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  1. MNGuy

    I owned a ’54 5 window p/u during college. Loved it. Would be a pleyer here 10 yrs ago. 78 now. LOL

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