1948 Chevrolet 3100 5 Window
1948 Chevrolet 3100 5-Window Pickup
- Frame Off Restoration
- Stunning Laser Blue Paint over Tan Interior
- Overhauled 350ci V8
- Automatic Transmission
-Just 1,130 Miles Since Restored
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“… the 1948-1953 Chevrolet… pickup models offered a timeless design….” – Robert Tate
Automotive historian, Robert Tate, tells more of the '48 Chevy truck story: “In 1948, General Motors introduced a new line of Chevrolet truck designs. Although Chevrolet automobiles were unchanged until 1949, the trucks were beginning to set a new design trend in the industry. The 1948 Chevy truck designs were so popular that they remained unchanged, except for the front grille styling, through the 1954 model year."
"GM called the 1948 Chevrolet truck model line the 'Advance-Design,' which led the truck industry in post-war improvements. The pickup truck models offered increased load capacity for the driver. The tailgate and platform cargo area were very strong when it came to hauling heavy loads.”
Offered here is a beautifully restored and respectfully upgraded 1948 Chevrolet 3100 5-Window pickup. Pearlescent laser blue paint over a two-tone tan interior, a slightly lowered stance, fresh V8 power, and painstaking attention to detail altogether makes for a very handsome take on a truly classic Chevrolet truck. Fewer than 1,200 miles have been added since the restoration work was completed.
The laser-blue exterior paint was a terrific choice as it perfectly highlights the many curved sheet-metal panels that made the “Advance Design” of the '48 trucks so timeless. Sadly, curves like these can no longer be found on current trucks. Professionally applied to a very high standard, the finish is uniformly glossy and free of imperfections. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the truck in the accompanying gallery.) All chrome—including the bespoke five grille slats, front bumper, headlight bezels, window trim, door handles, side mirrors, and taillights—is in exceptional condition. Cabin glass—notably the gently curved rear-cabin glass and split front windshield—is crystal-clear and free of cracks or other damage. Lighting lenses are similarly pristine. Stock badging, in the form of the “Chevrolet”-with-bowtie hood-front emblem, “Chevrolet Thriftmaster” hood-side emblems, and “Chevrolet”-embossed tailgate, is all properly in place and in virtually perfect condition. The truck's cargo-bed floor is beautifully finished in wood panels with chrome rub strips (free of any sign of use or wear). Red-painted, stock steel wheels with chrome trim rings and chrome “Chevrolet”-branded (in red) hubcaps are mounted with wide-whitewall tires.
Inside, the truck's interior has been substantially upgraded and refined without losing the appeal of the classic design cues. Stitched brown-leather upholstery with light-tan, perforated center inserts is very well-crafted and attractive. The center armrest, the shift boot for the floor-mounted automatic transmission shift lever (and brake- release lever), and the door-panel grab-handles match the brown leather. The upper portion of the door panels match the perforated light-tan upholstery. (The lower portion of the door trim, as well as the steel dash, are painted in the body color.) Black carpeting covers the cabin floors. A later-model, 3-spoke, brushed-metal and chrome-trimmed steering wheel with bowtie center emblem fronts the large, chrome-rimmed analog speedometer and tachometer (with digital readouts, carbon-fiber faces, and blue trim). To the right of the driver, the dashboard wears stock, chrome, art-deco-design trim extending its remaining width. A period-look push-button radio is mounted in the dash and air-conditioning vents and controls are located below the dash.
Under the hood, a 350-cubic-inch V8 perfectly commands a well-ordered and complete engine bay. All components—including air conditioning—are properly mounted; all hoses and wiring are correctly routed. Surfaces are very clean throughout. Viewed from below, the truck's chassis is also extremely clean, straight, and properly laid-out. There is no rust anywhere. The 4-wheel disc brakes and Magnaflow® custom dual-exhaust system with twin large, chrome, exhaust tips are visual focal points.
The truck wears its original serial-number tag in addition to an identification number assigned by the State of North Carolina.
While the more than 135 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '48 Chevy 3100 5-Window pickup in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
This beautiful 5-window '48 Chevy truck is bound to be the star at any gathering of the bowtie faithful. And upon close inspection of its charms and build quality, the accolades and awe will only grow. Heck, even a few blue-oval guys may well be won over.