1930 CHEVROLET 1 1/2 Tonne Pick Up

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1930 CHEVROLET 1 1/2 Tonne Pick Up



Chevrolet Pick Ups have been keeping America moving since 1918, the very same year that the brand merged with General Motors and became a sub-division within its umbrella.

The original One Tonne had a simplistic buckboard style body, with an open cab and flexible flat platform. For a touch of all-weather protection buyers could choose an express body and eight-post curtain top, while power came from a 3.67-litre overhead valve 4-cylinder engine kicking out 36bhp.

The open version disappeared for the second generation in 1929, which had a complete closed-cab. The International Series AC Light Delivery Pickup featured several firsts: an overhead valve six-cylinder engine. This 3.18-litre unit (194 cubic inches) raised power to 46bhp and provided a heady 125lb ft of torque – perfect for all your load-lugging and delivery needs; and the arrival of steel disc wheels, which banished wooden units to memory.

While its Ford counterparts made do with four-cylinder engines until the 1932 arrival of V8 power, the Chevrolet provided smooth straight-six action.

The Vehicle

This Chevrolet 1½ Tonne Pick Up spent its life on a Kansas farm and came to the UK in 2014, via a collector in Belgium who had imported it from the US. It was stripped at that time and sympathetically rebuilt, but not restored, so it still has its original corn buck body.

That distinction is important because, as our photographs in the Gallery below and our Video both demonstrate, you get patina – and plenty of it. The Pick Up sits on a new chassis and has had a disc brake conversion upgrade to replace the (negligibly powered) original drum units. The interior had a re-trim at the same time in period brown leather and electrics were converted to 12v, with an alternator and an electric cooling fan fitted behind the radiator.

The panels are thought to be all original and it looks like it still wears its original paint. The overall effect is that this incredible and rare machine is as good to look at atop as it is underneath, with genuine usability and huge nostalgic appeal.

The history file includes the V5C document, which shows two UK owners since registration in 2015. Interested bidders should be aware that the registration mark BF7547 is non-transferable.

On the Outside

How cool does the exterior look? That’s a rhetorical question by the way, because the only possible answer could be: ‘funky as heck’.

The body panels are understood to be original and as such, it wears its scrapes, grazes and tarnishes with pride. If it’d been immaculately restored then it wouldn’t be 1/100th of the vehicle it is now.

The time-worn patina is something else, and the corn buck body is believed to have been assembled and fitted by a Kansas coach builder – it still sports attractive period ironmongery.

In the back of the truck you’ll find rear twin doors and extra panels (greedy sides) should you want to extend the height another tier to increase the load carrying capacity.

Tyres were replaced at the time of rebuild and still have tread-a-plenty and the whitewall look works well with the ‘bare smoothie’ rims. You’ll also find the battery located in the wooden box mounted on the offside running board.

On the Inside

The cabin is a glorious place. It’s been sympathetically finished in period brown leather/vinyl, which lends it a touch of luxury. It remains very good, having only been completed in recent years. Contrast that to the original steering wheel, dashboard and wood displaying an original patina and the overall feel is that of a shabby chic men’s barbershop – and that ain’t no bad thing.

The gauges work, although the fuel gauge is a bit intermittent and the wind-up keep-fit windows do help to ventilate. The latter do work surprisingly well for 1930s engineering.


Power comes via the original straight-six engine mated to a 4-speed gearbox (with synchromesh on all but 1st gear) and conventional pedal positions.

To start the truck, turn the ignition on and press the foot push started button on the floor and she fires right up with a little choke. It is said to drive exceptionally well for a 91-year old vehicle – although the non power-assisted steering can be a touch heavy when maneuvering. The 3.2-litre ‘cast iron wonder’ straight-six is said to happily sit at 55mph all day long.

Popping the hood reveals a power unit in nice condition; it appears to be leak free, although we would likely ditch the modern blue silicon pipes on the cooling system for something a little more period perfect.

From a buying perspective the best view of this pick-up is underneath, as you can see that fresh chassis in all its glory, and the rest of the package is none too shabby either – suspension components, prop-shaft, exhaust system, axles and brakes all look to be in excellent nick.

It is a very sharp picture.

History Highlights

As well as the aforementioned V5C document, there are a number of other documents that were in the Chevy’s history file, but are no longer with the car. Fortunately we have images of these documents, which are in the gallery below. These include instructions for the GM Intermediate disc brake upgrade that was fitted and also for the tapered roller bearings used and a number of invoices.

The biggest of these is dated 3rd November 2015 and is from North Hants Tyres & Wheels for the princely sum of £1888.08, which included supply and fitment of two Firestone 700x18 Blackwall and two STA 700x18 Blackwall tyres and four 18x7 Bare Smoothies rims. You’ll also find a couple of others for items such as a new thermostat and fuel gauge (October 2015) and other sundry items.

DVLA documentation includes a Number Plate Authorisation Certificate and the application letter.

Please visit the documents section of the gallery of this listing where you will find photos of the paperwork to support our claim that this car has been sympathetically rebuilt and then maintained to a very high standard.

What We Think

Yee-haw! Sorry, couldn’t resist it…

It’s pretty difficult to look at this lovely ol’ thing and not feel yourself transported in an instant back to a different time, place and country. It’s such a superlative vehicle.

What could it be used for? Well it’d be perfect for the BBC show The Repair Shop; that’s not a shout out to the producers, but it’d certainly fit the bill for a multitude of businesses. Then again, you may just fancy a funky pick-up to cruise around in.

Given its excellent bill of health and lovely patina-tastic aesthetics, we think it’ll sell for somewhere between £18,000 and £25,000. The next owner can then get it out and about – one thing’s for sure, smiles are guaranteed from all that cast eyes upon it.

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  • Location: Warwick, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 32000
  • Chassis Number: 5LR9580
  • Engine: 3200
  • Gearbox: Manual
  • Steering position: Left-hand drive
  • Colour: Blue
  • Interior: Brown Leather/Vinyl
  • Estimated Price: £18,000 - £25,000

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