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Lot 359
1939 Chevrolet 1/2-Ton Pickup


Selling on Friday

From The Rockhound Collection

• A classic example of an American pickup
• Ready to be enjoyed on the farm or the road
• Equipped with Chevrolet deluxe heater and modern stereo

216 cid six-cylinder engine, 78 HP, three-speed manual transmission, hydraulic brakes, rear-wheel drive; wheelbase: 113”

As the country recovered from the Great Depression, Chevrolet focused on the design of their trucks. Considered by some to be the best-looking trucks of that time period, Chevrolet didn’t just focus on the style of their brand but introduced a more powerful engine as well. In 1937, Chevy trucks were equipped with a 78-horsepower engine with 170 lb.-ft. of torque and averaged about 20.74 miles per gallon. The 1938 Chevrolet Half-Ton truck represented the first truck in Chevy’s history designed by the new art and color department. Featuring a new redesigned vertical grille and front bumper along with swept fenders, the fresh styling of this truck was an important aspect in the evolution of old Chevy pickup trucks because it emphasized the importance of design. While World War II started in 1939, America didn’t enter the war until December 1941. Because of the war, the government stopped all production of civilian trucks from the beginning of 1942. So, from January 1942 until August 1945, Chevrolet did not manufacture any civilian pickups. This allowed for the Chevy pickups produced before 1942 to gain a bit of popularity and desirability. Also helping them was the restyling they received with the cab and sheet metal which resulted in a spacious, comfortable and convenient setting.

A classic example of an American pickup is this 1939 Chevrolet ½-Ton Pickup Truck. The body is painted in an appealing green with black fenders and is complemented with a candy apple green pinstripe that runs the beltline. The chrome vertical grille is accented by red pinstriping and nicely leads the way on this ½-Ton Pickup. The bed is lined in wood and the sides of the bed have been extended with two wood panels on both sides. The interior comes with a single bench seat and is fitted with a modern Panasonic stereo system and a Chevrolet deluxe heater tucked under the dashboard. Presented as a driver, this ’39 Pickup begs to be driven and used to its full potential, out and about on the farm or in town picking up supplies at the local hardware shop.

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