1955 CHEVROLET FIRST SERIES 3100 PICKUP TRUCK
Chassis no. H55A021023
Engine no. 008I290T55
Juniper green with pearl beige and maroon interior
Engine: six cylinders, in line, 235cu, 123bhp at 3700rpm with Rochester single-barrel downdraft carburetor; Gearbox: three speed manual; Suspension: beam front axle, live rear, half elliptic leaf springs all round; Brakes: four wheel hydraulically operated drum. Left hand drive.
The cult of the North American pickup truck is one of those enduring threads that run through Detroit's history since early days in the industry. In the late 1940s competition was particularly fierce, all the major manufacturers offering a version that molded elements - usually at least the engine - from their popular car ranges, with a practically unbreakable chassis frame and ruggedly serviceable transmission, axles and steering gear. General Motors had kept well to the front of this important market for many years with very similar Chevrolet and GMC trucks, then in 1947 jolting the opposition with what they called the Advanced Design Light Truck. Chevrolet claimed thirty major improvements for this new half-toner. The engine was the division's faithful and durable straight-six, which in this application they called the Thriftmaster. It was a gas engine - in the US diesels for this class of truck still lay in the future. Special heavy duty gearboxes with column shift were offered as befitted a commercial truck, and in basic form it was very utilitarian, with no turn indicators and only a single rear light. Crisply shaped by General Motors' style studios, the truck's cab offered better all round view, greater comfort, and easy access.
This flawless truck was lovingly and meticulously restored by Chevy aficionado, Mr. Harold J. Lockwood, Jr. in the mid-1990's. During the painstakingly detailed 22-month long body-off restoration, Mr. Lockwood paid great attention to factory specifications including the colors of juniper green with pearl beige interior with the optional maroon upholstery and door panels. Mr. Lockwood even procured the "break-in" instruction tag that hangs from the rear view mirror and the white oak bed. The documentation of the restoration includes extensive photographs of the entire process as well as all receipts meticulously detailed.
Subsequent to its restoration, this truck was shown in over 30 regional concours events and took home trophies virtually every time presented. In fact, it was featured in the August 1998 issue of Popular Mechanics.
This truck is not simply a pretty face. The current owner who has cared for this truck for the last three years has maintained the mechanical components in new condition so that it runs and drives without fault. Recent road testing confirms that the engine, transmission, brakes, clutch and all electronics are in working order. Christie's recommends close inspection of this exceptionally restored pickup truck. This truck is a perfect fit for odd weekend jobs or just something fun.