1951 Chevrolet 3800

Classic Auto Mall
6180 Morgantown Road
Morgantown, PA

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Morgantown, PA



Year 1951
Mileage 999
Engine 100
Doors 4
Transmission Manual
Make Chevrolet
Model 3800

3800 1951

Title Status --
Exterior Color Battleship Gray Meta
Interior Color Red


1951 Chevrolet 3800 Panel Truck

"Advanced Design" 3100 pickups hit 147,756 such units produced for the 1952 model year, making the half-ton pickups far and away the most popular Chevrolet commercial vehicle that year. A war-weary and truck-starved public was waiting when Chevrolet introduced its redesigned truck lineup in 1947. The new models were a big departure - literally - from the previous generation. The welded cabs - not bolted together - were a whopping eight inches wider and seven inches longer and had adjustable bench seating for three across. The higher and wider cab doors were more user friendly, and the bigger windows and windshield gave much greater visibility than ever before.

For consignment, a beautifully restored example of the 1951 Chevrolet 3800 panel truck. With a correct engine, this once paint company truck has been restored as a showroom example that drove out into the world in 1951. With a respray in the original gray color and a restored but used interior, not only can you haul the goods, but you'll look great doing it!


Starting this creation with its rounded fenders, under the door running boards, bulbous hood and wide blacked out horizontal ribbed grille, this truck remains true to its roots as a worker bee. Round single headlights with chrome bezels are fronting the front rounded fenders and just a few scratches are keeping it from being perfect. The simple gently curved front bumper frames the bottom and on the front of the hood is a near perfect Chevrolet badge. The hood backs up to a split window front glass, and round side view chromed mirrors on long stalks jut outward from the fronts of each straight rust-free steel door that swing like safe doors, very smoothly with well minded gaps. Just a little bit of paint chip off is seen on the seams but mostly unremarkable considering the remainder of the body work and paint condition. All dipped in a beauteous coating of the original Battleship Gray and showing off some black painted running boards that connect the fenders. On back rounded fenders frame those beautifully painted black steel wheels and seamlessly attach to the straight sides of the cargo area. A few areas of paint bubbling are noted on the sides of the cargo box as well as a few cracks in the paint particularly where the rear panels wrap around to meet the cargo bay doors. On the back are twin doors that swing open allowing access to the cargo area with small windows giving visibility for the operator. Below these doors is another wide gently curving pristine bumper complete with short stalk mounted taillights.


A swing of the doors and what to my wandering eyes does appear?? Simple cardboard black door panels and a sewn arm rest vying for space above a ribbed gray steel door. Shiny handles are within this tastefully bumpy textural field and look just dandy. Inside, shiny red oversized bucket seats are in the front. These float in a bulletproof sea of rubber flooring, so you won't fret when your muddy boots mess it up. Upfront a large black and taupe bakelite steering wheel with 3 spokes in the middle fronts a perfectly restored dash which is painted in tan. In front of the driver are 2 original gauges, one for the speedometer and the other has a cluster of quarter round black faced and white lettered gauges for fuel, battery, oil pressure and water temp. As we scan across the dash plenty of horizontal ribbed embellishments with a peppering of chromed and black bakelite knobs and pulls. Above is the correct radio delete plate. In front of the passenger, the ribbing continues as a covering for the glovebox. Below a heater box is noted, and up top for the headliner is a solid smooth off white that hangs proudly. Simple steel sides with reinforcement ribbing covers the sides of the cargo area and for the flooring we see stained, literally, oak planks with wooden slide rails.


Under the hood resides some mechanical jewelry in the form of an inline 216.5ci 6-cylinder engine. There is a 1-barrel carb attached and covered with a black oil bath style air cleaner assembly and a blue painted valve covering runs the length and tops a blue painted engine block. Bolted to the back of this mill is a 4-speed manual transmission which sends the power to the rear tires via a 5.14 geared rear axle.


Too tall to fit on our lift but thankfully high enough to get underneath, we are met with a mix of patina, surface rust, black paint and road dirt covering the frame, suspension and flooring. All else is looking rust free, structurally sound, and very nice for this restoration. Leaf springs and drum brakes are on all 4 corners and the cargo area lining wood underneath is in very good condition.


One has to adore the simple utilitarian design of these trucks with the smooth vinyl, bakelite and sparingly used chrome. It fired right


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