A 1949 Chevrolet 3100 show truck that was the recipient of a PPG Dream Car award will soon be sold to a new home via Mecum Auctions.
This truck is listed in Mecum’s auction docket as being a 1949 Chevrolet 3100, but there’s not much Chevrolet left in this custom pickup, to be honest. For starters, it rides on a custom hand-built chassis with Heidts front suspension and four-wheel Wilwood disc brakes – a major upgrade from the basic yet utilitarian setup this work pickup came with from the factory.
Under the hood, meanwhile, is a General Motors 502 cubic-inch Ram Jet crate engine with a rather ornate fiberglass appendage for the high-mounted intake manifold. The modern-day GM crate engine sends power to the rear wheels through a GM 4L80E four-speed automatic transmission and a Ford nine-inch rear end.
More ornate custom features adorn the cabin, including a custom fiberglass center console, billet steering wheel, Italian leather upholstery, an aftermarket tilt steering column and Classic Instruments gauges. The truck also has a Vintage Air climate control system – perfect for those hot summer days spent behind the wheel.
It would take a lot of time and money for one to make a custom truck like this themselves. Auctions can therefore be a great way for enthusiasts to pick up custom classics like this for a decent deal, so it’ll be interesting to see what this truck sells for when it crosses the auction block at Mecum’s Dallas 2020 sale later this month. The auction didn’t provide an estimate as to what it may sell for, but we wouldn’t scoff if someone was willing to pay $40,000 to $50,000 for it.
Check out the listing at this link for more photos of this heavily customized 1949 Chevrolet 3100.