Sometimes you just have to haul stuff, whether it be moving, helping a friend move, hauling large items, or going from job site to job site. And this 1964 GMC Panel Truck may have done any number of those things in the past.
The 1964 GMC Panel Trucks were like a super-long bed pickup with a shell on it and no bulkhead between the cab and the cargo area. The available cargo space was massive, allowing one to haul far more than an average pickup, and keep the cargo safe from the elements. Since most of these GMC Panel Trucks were used as work or utility vehicles, they were worked hard, used as tools to get jobs done, and then parked until they were needed to work again. As such, not many can be found today in good condition.
The GMC Panel Truck we see here has been the subject of a recent restoration. The current color combo is a bright red with a wide white stripe around the upper half, making the truck prime for a business logo or lettering, or maybe the perfect rig for towing a red-with-white classic car.
It is a longer variant, with an enormous cargo capacity, making it ideal for hauling nearly anything.
The interior is finished in a dusky gold color that would have been called Fawn Beige on 1961 Corvettes. It has a pair of bucket seats, AutoMeter gauges, and the original radio. The cargo area is a combination of painted walls and roof with color-matched carpet.
The restored GMC Panel Truck also has had a number of significant changes from new. The inline-six cylinder it was born with has made way for a 283 cube V8 that has had its bore enlarged. The transmission has been changed to a five-speed manual unit. Vintage Air climate control has been fitted. The truck now benefits from power steering and power brakes, and it wears more modern chrome GMC wheels with corresponding rubber.
You’d be hard pressed to find another of these GMC Panel Trucks in this condition. Today, it could be used for any number of utility purposes, or it could be taken to car shows or events. And chances are that its new owner would be the only one with a super slick GMC Panel Truck at a (socially-distanced) Cars and Coffee gathering. Just don’t tell your friends about it… they will want you to help them move!
Anyway, this one is currently on sale for $39,900 at Garage Kept Motors in Grand Rapids, Michigan.