The Charlie Thomas Collection | Lot 144
1951 Chevrolet 1300 Five-Window Pickup Truck
$19,800 USD | Sold
| Grapevine, Texas
20 October 2012
Canadian Production Model 1314. 92 hp, 216 cu. in. overhead valve six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, floating rear axle with leaf springs and shock absorbers, and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116 in.
For a variety of reasons, new truck designs hit the showrooms sooner than passenger cars after World War II, and Chevrolet led the way with its “Advanced Design” models of 1947. They immediately captured the lead in sales and held it every year until the Advanced Design era ended with the 1954 models. This five-window pickup is one of the rare Canadian iterations. As compared to the more common 3100 Series, this is, in fact, a 1300 Series truck. It is finished in metallic purple with standard brown heavy-grain upholstery. The condition and quality is consistent throughout, as it is an older driver-quality restoration that has been well maintained. The paint shows well with minor cosmetic imperfections, and it has very presentable brightwork. Noted interior features include a driver side visor and under-dash heater. As these were first and foremost utilitarian workhorse vehicles, few Chevy trucks of the 1950s remain in well-preserved condition, but they are currently garnering tremendous interest from enthusiasts when a good example becomes available.