The US auto market experienced a major rebirth after World War II, with all manufacturers and brake repair looking to take advantage of America’s new favorite mode of transportation, the automobile. Many legendary car models were born in the years after the war, among them the amazing Chevy Advanced design, also known as the 3100.
It first appeared in showrooms in the summer of 1947 and got minor improvements each year, with arguably the best model being the ’51 Chevy 3100. What made the 3100 special, and the reason it was named Advanced Design, was the fact that after surveying truck users all over the US, Chevy engineers decided to make the cabin wider and longer than any other pickup available on the market, greatly increasing interior space and comfort. It also allowed a 3-person seat, and the wider windshield and rear window meant higher visibility for the driver.
The new car came in 3 different sizes: half, 3/4 and the one-ton, depending on the size of the cargo box in the back. They featured a 90 horse power engine with 174 ft-lb. of torque and 216.5 cubic inch Thrift Master OHV six cylinder. Transmission was 3-speed for the half and 3/4 ton pick-ups, with a four speed optional, while the one-ton only had the 4 speed transmission.
The excellent design, versatility (depending on the size you chose, it could be used as an utility truck or an everyday vehicle) made the 3100 the top selling truck in the USA from its inception in 1947, until 1955, with GMC also selling rebranded versions of them.
And those qualities also make it a very attractive buy for collectors and car enthusiasts today, especially with the ’51 model. Nowadays a well preserved ’51 Chevy 3100 can set you back anywhere between 18.000 and 60.000$, depending on its condition, with the average somewhere around 25.000$. But one thing is for certain: Chevy 3100 trucks were, are and always will be absolutely magical and will turn heads wherever they’re seen.