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Unusual 1936 Chevrolet Foreman’s Pickup


When I first saw the pictures of this unusual vehicle I thought it was just a modified coupe. And in reality, that’s all it is, but the car is a genuine factory model. I wasn’t aware of this little slice of GM history before today. This “Foreman’s Pickup” is located in Leadville, Colorado. It’s sale is being handled here on eBay where the opening bid is $4,000 but the reserve is higher than that. The owner characterizes it as being in “survivor” condition, with new tires and battery. It runs and drives, but the brakes are currently non-operational. As the seller is including rebuildable components and the kits to rebuild them with, hopefully whomever purchases the vehicle will have it back on the road in no time. There are other issues, mainly relating to the age and wooden-framed body, but if you want something completely different, this could be it.


When I was researching whether or not this was a factory-built car or just a home-built conversion, I came across this neat period advertisement. It’s unclear to me if the rear deck lid the ad talks about is a copy or the original, but I didn’t see one in the ad. The seller is calling this the first El Camino. I’m not sure about that but the idea is similar. Tell us in the comments whether you would prefer this version or a regular Coupe!


  1. Mike D

    well, it certainly would be unique , and a lot of work, I don’t know if I would go with a period correct color or not, it would probably putter along good with a more modern straight six not for the faint of heart

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    • Paul

      I have a 1936 chevy coupe forman special they made around 3200 I only know of less than 15 left I would like to sell it

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      • Mike

        How much

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  2. Doug M. (West)

    Awesome! I have a picture of my wife’s uncle with one of these, a year or two earlier model
    . He added a rooftop camper-bed to his, and is pictured by it and a camp fire. I did not know these were a GM option! Later, when I met the uncle he was driving a 74 chevy pickup with a canopy fitted with a bed and a small stove of some kind. I could tell that because his canopy had a stove pipe sticking out of it! He was a cool guy, and always preferred to sleep in his pickup when visiting. Great find here,

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  3. Blindmarc

    Can someone tell me what year they stopped making wood frames bodies? I always thought it was 32, or 33.

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    • dj

      1936 Chevrolets still had some wood in them so I think around 37 was the last year.

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  4. Blindmarc

    Thank you. dj.

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  5. Ed P

    Very interesting vehicle. You could be the only person in town with one of these. I would love to show up at the lumber yard with this just to see the looks.

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  6. JW454

    Well, It’s got all the original glass. LOL I got a little chuckle out of that one.

    I think I remember seeing one of these but it was much later. Around a 47~48. I may be wrong.

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  7. Brad

    Nifty – similar to the Australian ‘Ute’ craze that never seemed to catch on in the States.
    Here’s one in a very original paint scheme, to answer to Mike D’s rhetorical wonderings.


    I love it with the period color… I can imagine a more refined boss-type figure, not the guy who yells at his men but claps them on the back for a job well done, and then pulls away – the tip of his cigar hanging out that little wing window.

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  8. George

    From the description in the original ad, it says that it comes with a trunk lid to convert it to a coupe.

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  9. geomechs geomechs Member

    I guess it was a good idea at the time but I never really liked it. One thing for sure: there wouldn’t be anyone else with one at the car show…

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  10. RoughDiamond

    So one would imagine it was designed with some drainage system in place otherwise when the driver suddenly stopped, he or she ran the risk of being hit by a wave of water.

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  11. Bert

    I have a 36 Foreman. 3183 produced in 36 and mine is #5. Completely factory built, not a kit as some think. Only 8 or 9 known to exist for 36. If you come across one, buy it!

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  12. Tom short

    1936 was last year for wood chevy. 1937 was the new unisteel body as Chevrolet called it in their ads.

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