Pick of the Day: 1941 Chevrolet Suburban in pristine condition

From the 3rd generation of the truck-based utility vehicle, this one has been totally restored

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The 1941 Suburban was part of the short-lived WWII generation

Just before the US entered World War II, Chevrolet launched its third-generation Suburban utility wagon, produced just for the model years 1941 and 1942 before being conscripted into the war effort as a military transport.  It came back for 1946, but Chevrolet launched its fourth-gen Suburban the following year.

All of which makes the 1941 Chevrolet Suburban a rarity, such as the elegant-looking truck that serves as Pick of the Day.


“This exquisite example has been restored to original perfection and includes its 216 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine which features a period-correct Wayne-Chevy cylinder head and Offenhauser intake manifold,” according to the Charlotte, North Carolina, dealer advertising the Chevy on ClassicCars.com. “Wayne and Offenhauser were the premiere Chevrolet high-performance aftermarket manufacturers of the day.”

Gorgeously presented in two-tone cream-and-black with red highlights on the body and wheels, and a deeply chromed waterfall grille, the Suburban probably looks nicer now than when it first left the factory.  The emphasis on originality is evident.

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“The exterior sheet metal looks like it is new with a terrific two-tone paint scheme with red accent striping,” the seller notes. “All the chrome, glass and trim are excellent. The high-level quality carries over into the cavernous interior that features vinyl bench seating and superbly finished wood flooring.

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“Here is your chance to own a beautifully restored early model Suburban that is ready to be enjoyed.”

The period-upgraded straight-6 is hooked up with a 3-speed manual transmission. The interior features the original stylish dashboard with its “art moderne” lettering. The odometer shows just 346 miles, which could be those added since its restoration.  The dealer notes that the Suburban is offered “mileage exempt,” so who knows.

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This is an unusually attractive example of the 3rd-gen Suburban, and it would be a great entry for local shows and cross-country tours, the power-enhanced 6-banger most likely providing decent power.  The interior seats eight in three rows, though anyone bringing friends or family along should consider adding seat belts.

Note that while several other US automakers named various wagon models Suburban, the Chevrolet Suburban is the longest continuously produced nameplate of any vehicle, recently celebrating its 85th anniversary.


The asking price is a strong $69,990, although the relative rarity and apparently terrific condition of this Suburban could make it well worth it.

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

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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.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I’m 73 and never knew a Suburban existed that far back. Utterly amazing craftmanship. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Unless I’m wrong, the background building and lot looks like Rick Hendricks’ personal toy box so I’m wondering if this is a part of his personal collection. Either way, it’s stunning.

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