This 1953 Chevrolet 3100 pickup has all the right looks for a cool vintage truck
The Advanced Design style has matured into an old-school Americana attitude that we all love. So when this vintage spirit meets the right investments, you know you’re looking at a great classic truck.
Bright chrome and straight sheet metal give an impression of quality that sets the tone for the whole truck. It’s a detailed classic style where you can appreciate pieces that not everyone else gets, like the side-mounted spare and glossy oak lumber in the truck bed. Part of this love for vintage style means the best accessories. The chrome push bar bumper, windshield sunshade, blue-dot taillights, and white pinstripe encircling the cab are terrific ways to add distinction without losing the period-correct feel. Even the paint gets in on this vintage but upgraded feeling. It’s a newer high-gloss finish that loves to show off the truck’s curvy body. But while the shine borders on showy, the earthy orange keeps the overall impression grounded to make this look like a respectful but quality classic.
The interior continues the feeling of a vintage machine that has also had fresh investments. The taut bench seat, a smooth dash, taut headliner, and clean door panels make this feel quite nice. You’ll even appreciate the little details, like the clear gauges and wide dual-spoke steering wheel. And there are also the right upgrades that are well-integrated. This includes seatbelts and a retro-style AM/FM digital tuner. So it’s a 1950s machine that’s also meant to be enjoyed in modern times.
Under the hood is a 261 cubic-inch inline-six. It’s an upgrade in displacement over what was available in 1953 without losing the iconic Job Master attitude. It’s just as well detailed as the rest of this truck, and so you’ll love showing off the classic details like long blue block, polished head cover, and the oil bath air cleaner. Plus, you’ll spot handy upgrades for a more modern cruiser, like the 12-volt system and an alternator. The motor starts and runs as cleanly as it looks. And you take control of this classic powerhouse the old-fashioned way with the column-shifted three-speed manual transmission.
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