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1951 Chevy 3100 - Restored 5-Window


In 1947, Chevrolet launched a major redesign of its pickup truck offerings, known as the Advance Design series. One of the most distinctive features of these trucks was the Deluxe Cab option, which included a pair of curved "Nu-Vue" corner windows at the back of the cab, increasing visibility and giving the truck an open feel. This remains a sought-after design today. Enthusiasts typically refer to it as the "5-window" Chevy.


The 1951 Chevy 3100 pickup seen here is a beautiful example of the 5-window design. It belongs to Paul Hoyle, of West Sacramento, CA. Paul tells us he recently purchased this truck, and stopped by our Retail Showroom to buy a few items before returning home to northern California.


Paul's 5-window Chevy has been restored from bumper to bumper, including the iconic chrome grille, body panels, glass, and lighting. The sheetmetal was repainted in a rich shade of red that complements this truck's elegant lines.


Mechanically, the truck features a few modifications. The lowered suspension tucks the steel wheels and BF Goodrich tires closer to the body. Period-correct Chevrolet hubcaps shine in the sun and complete the look.


Paul's truck is powered by a 235ci inline-six motor sourced from a 1961 Chevy. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a T5 transmission, open driveline, and 8-inch Ford rear end.


Paul plans to drive this truck daily, starting with a long road trip from southern California to Sacramento. We'd be willing to bet this beautiful truck will get many smiles, thumbs-up, and compliments along the way.

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