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Vintage Chevy pickup with camper ready to hit the open road


The Pick of the Day is a package deal for a 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup with a modern drivetrain and hooked up with a matching vintage camping trailer.

I can hear the comment critics already: “Wait a minute, that’s not a ’56! It has quad headlights!”

True, but as notes the Fredericksburg, Texas, dealer advertising the truck on ClassicCars.com, the front end of the pickup has been replaced with that of a 1958 model, including the quad headlight style.  So yes, while it might look like a ’58, it is indeed a ’56. Why the front was replaced is not mentioned in the ad.

The trailer could use some sprucing up

But moving right along, the Chevy might look modest but it has been updated for power and reliability, the seller notes.

“The truck has lots of patina and some rust on the bottom corners of the cab, but under the patina is lots of cool work, including a modern fuel-injected 5.3 LS V8 Vortec and electronic o/d automatic transmission, working air conditioning, power steering and brakes, modern LED lighting, new wide-whitewall radial tires and a modern gauge package,” the seller says.

The 5.3-liter Vortec was designed by GM primarily for use in light trucks, and it should have enough gusto for tugging this modest-sized camper.

The Vortec V8 should provide plenty of pull

The camper comes with a full-size bed, a window AC unit “and lots of character,” the seller says. Although, some of that character includes some dents that need to be addressed.

“This is a cool piece that gets a ton of thumbs up and photos taken,” the dealer notes. “We drove it 300 or so miles to our shop here in Fredericksburg.”

Vintage campers have soared in popularity in recent years, especially those towed by vintage vehicles.  It’s a great way to get attention when pulling into a Forest Service campground.

The truck interior includes modern bucket seats

Photos with the ad show that the truck and camper are in usable if not ideal condition, with lots of shots of the interior of the camper showing its practicality.  Such a fun way to travel.

The asking price for the entire rig is $28,500.  Some additional funds should be set aside to improve the aesthetics.

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.



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