Chevrolet's Advance Design series was the Bowtie's signature pickup truck offering between 1947 and 1955. Sporting several stylistic and mechanical enhancements over the previous era, the Advance Design series would go on to sell in spades. Up for grabs today is an excellent 1954 Chevrolet 3100 that's reportedly nearly all-original but packs a few useful upgrades to make it more repairable and serviceable in the modern era that we live in. We're also told that the truck has just under 100,000 miles on it.
This 1954 Chevrolet 3100 portrays a rather sunny persona, thanks to its two-tone blue and black color theme. Its bulbous design embodies what the late Forties and Early Fifties were like in terms of American automobiles, and we're told that the truck has been repainted. We're also told that it reportedly sports its original wheels as well as a wood-trimmed cargo bed. Take a closer look, and indeed, you'll see some patina, especially on the chrome bits. However, such symbols of age only make this 1954 Chevrolet 3100 even more desirable, as it's clearly a survivor rather than a garage queen. Inside the five-windowed cabin, there's a dark blue bench seat and a period dash with the requisite chrome embellishing as befits the Fifties. Take a few moments to appreciate the long gear lever, skinny-rimmed steering wheel, and plushly padded door cards. Yes, the mirrors and windows are manually operated, and there's no climate control, but what this truck offers is loads of character. In fact, the only modern interior facet is reported to be an aftermarket sound system, and since we don't see a gargantuan touchscreen anywhere, it's safe to assume that the upgrade is as unobtrusive as possible.
This 1954 Chevrolet 3100 has its original 235ci six-cylinder engine that's reportedly had its upper part redone. The drive is sent to the rear wheels via a manual transmission that's reportedly been re-geared to enable highway cruising. We must also tell you that the electrical system has been upgraded to 12 volts, from the original six volts that these trucks came with. No doubt, this will help nearly all the vehicle's critical systems, from the starter motor to the headlamps.
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