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1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup


The five-window Chevy pickup looks well-finished in its bright-red paint job
The five-window Chevy pickup looks well-finished in its bright-red paint job

A good old pickup truck seems like just the thing for a relaxed Labor Day weekend, so for today’s Pick of the Week, we have a sweet-looking 1954 Chevrolet 3100 that’s for sale on ClassicCars.com from a dealer in Hendersonville, Tennessee.

The truck is described as original, powered by its stock Thriftmaster 235-cid inline-6 and three-speed column shift, though it’s obviously been repainted and refurbished. The Chevy looks well-sorted in the photos and would be a fun driver for a pick-em-up truck kind of guy.

A Thriftmaster inline-6 provides the power
A Thriftmaster inline-6 provides the power

The pickup is priced at $17,900, which seems reasonable considering what nice trucks are bringing at auction these days. It does have the desirable five-window cab, a stepside bed with wood floor, and chrome bumpers.

For 1954, Chevrolet updated its Advance Design pickups that were introduced in 1947, with a restyled “bull-nose” grille, one-piece curved windshield, revised bed rails and round taillights. The dashboard and steering wheel were also redesigned. The styling would continue just two years through 1955, after which an all-new, more-carlike Chevy pickup was introduced.

The six-cylinder OHV engine was essentially brand new for 1954, with higher compression and a horsepower rating of 115. That should be enough for getting around, but you won’t be towing any heavy campers.

With so many of these early trucks being hot rodded and customized, it’s nice to see this Tennessee pickup from a brief two-year design period that’s still in original configuration.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


  1. The insignia on the sides of the hood are wrong. The ones you used are for the 1st series 55 model pick-up. The right ones just say 3100, and early ones just say Chevrolet.. I’ve had all three of them over the years, I still have my 55 though it has a 261 ci engine it, & factory 4 speed hydramatic trans and open tube drive shaft as your is a tork tube drive shaft.You would be supprised what that truck pulled and hauled over the years.I never found, (anything with-in reason that it wouldn’t pull!!! The engine is called a ” BLUE FLAME Six.” It solid shift the gears.

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