Look what I found on my bike commute to work this morning! Another early 50s Chevrolet pickup! Yesterday’s Street Parked 1950 Chevy pickup was helpful by including its model year in pinstriping. This truck offers no such easy clues about its birth year. The push button door handles lead me to believe this is a 1952 or 53 Chevy pickup – the earlier trucks had twisty door handles.
This body style was made from 1948 to 1953. This truck is the great grandfather of today’s full size Chevy Silverado. Grandpa is considerably smaller than grandson, this truck is similar in size to a Ford Ranger or Chevy S10.
Old cars have a refreshing lack of googaws and frippery. Look at that dash, you get an ash tray and a locking glove box. Want a radio? You’re going to have to cut a hole in the steel dash to install it. Bakelite steering wheel: it’s better than a rusted chain. These trucks came with a six cylinder engine with displacements up to 3.8 liters. Do we really need 6+ liters of displacement to get our work done today?
Being a working vehicle, this truck wasn’t loaded down with excess chrome or embellishment. The face of this vehicle strikes me as more industrial art than automotive styling.
Thanks to HowStuffWorks.com for helping me figure out the year of this thing.
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