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Upgraded 1952 Chevrolet 3100 pickup


Vintage pickup trucks are hot among car collectors, which was witnessed once again at the recent Scottsdale auctions. The favorites seem to be authentically restored trucks of the 1950s and ’60s with maybe a few upgrades for improved drivability.

The Pick of the Day is a 1952 Chevrolet 3100 pickup that has been treated to a newer 292cid inline-six-cylinder engine with HEI electronic ignition, split exhaust manifold and a 12-volt conversion, including electric windshield wipers instead of those vacuum jobs that never seem to work right.

A newer six-cylinder engine should make the pickup more drivable

That would be enough to make the truck drivable and reliable but not enough to hurt its vintage appeal. It retains its original three-speed manual transmission, differential, manual steering system and brakes.

The odometer reads 4,528 miles, according to the Sherman, Texas, dealer advertising the pickup on ClassicCars.com, although there is no indication whether that is original (doubtful) or possibly zeroed out after the truck was restored.

The dashboard looks clean and correct

“It cruises down the highway nicely,” the seller says in the ad. “The brakes work great and steering is very good. The body is very solid and straight.”

The green paint job looks shiny, as do the chrome pieces, and the truck appears to be sitting on factory wheels and tires with beauty rings and hub caps. The windshield visor is classic. All told, it looks like a correct old truck that has been sympathetically restored.

The asking price is $24,900, which seems about right considering its condition. Vintage pickups were hot sellers at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, and they should remain that way for a while.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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. We used to have a pick-up like that the same green color to but ours had bed from A International and had been used by PP&L becasue it had searchlight on the top


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