1952 GMC 1/2 ton stake flat bed original California Barn find Survivor truck

1952 GMC 3100

Technical specifications of GMC 3100 1952

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Item location: Oakland, California, United States
Make: GMC
Model: 3100
Type: Standard Cab Factory Flat bed
Year: 1952
Mileage: 70141
VIN: A228433082
Color: Green
Engine size: Thrift Master
Number of cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Green
Vehicle Title: Clean
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Car description

1952 GMC "JIMMY" ½ ton STAKE BED


~A true California car is one built in California and still in California

~Built in Oakland California 68 years ago (and never left)

~Never ventured more than a 10 mile radius from birth

~Rare factory ½ ton flatbed stake

~In storage nearly 50 years

~All original runs and drives

~Advanced Design Thrift Master


Up for bid is a 1952 GMC“Advanced Design” Thrift Master ½ ton factory flatbed stake truck. This truck was built over 68 years ago in Oakland, California at the GMC truck factory on East 14th street. This truck was ordered by the City of Oakland Public Schools and was first titled to the city on 5thAve just 7 miles away from the factory. After the truck was retired from service by the city in 1970 it was acquiredby a local collector and stored in his collection for last 50 years.


SERIAL NO. 102- 22- C- 9332

102 10=½ TON


22=228 ENGINE

C=Oakland California

9332= regular production number

Cosmetically for a truck that is 68 years, it is in pretty good shape. The body is all original, there are dents and dings and scratchesI really tried to capture all the imperfectionsin the numerous high definitionphotos I have included. The truck has no rust anywhere. The truck was ordered green from the factory but due to GMC not offering the specific shade of dark green that all CIty of Oakland vehicles had to be, it was repainted to comply with the city specification. The repaint is as old as the truck and you can see where the City of Oakland public schools signage on the door was removed when it retired from service. Thewood bed has a few boards that have aged and parts missing as well as a missing rear stake. However much of the original green is still visible. The drivers side glass has a crack in in it. The wheels and hubcaps are all original and look great, the original GMC script in red in the center of the hub caps ishardly visiblebut if you look you can see it, it is missing the drivers rear hub cap. The tires are are at least 50 years old but still hold air.

Mechanically when a motor is properly stored it makes all the difference in the world when decades later it comes time to lighting the fire. This Thriftmaster 6 cylinder has been stored properly and is runner. The motor runs and shifts smooth in all gears. The truck is still a stock 6 volt setup, all of the electronics are functional. The brakes stop as they should. The truck is mechanically in good condition and doesn'tappear to have any internal issues knocks etc, the carburator should be rebuilt and I am sure the cooling system should be serviced like hoses etc However the truck is nearly 70 years old and been sitting for the majority of its life.It has not been restored in anyway so please don't have unrealistic expectationsof what this survivor truck is.You are not going to get in and drive home but with a little attention this could be a driver as it is. We pulled it out of the building a few weeks back after sitting for 50 years. We replaced the 6 volt battery, added some fuel, topped off the water and drove it to another warehouse down the street, the brakes actually stop the truck we also drove the truck to the location where the photos were taken all in all we maybe added another mile or two to the 70k mile odometer which is the actual miles.

The interior in this truck is in awesome shape. The simplicity and originality is refreshing in this day in age we live in. The original bench seat is like new and in unbelievablecondition. The originalgauges are functional for some reason the speed odometer needle doesn'tlook complete but works. The originalheadliner cardboard is still very much present and in good shape as is the cardboard or leather materielon the door panels. This is amazing that after 68 years most of the headliner is still there. The original seat in in great shape and quite plush again after 68 years is amazing and a testament to the quality of materials combined with proper indoor storage. The original flooring is also in fantastic shape and very much present and not ripped up.


This listing includes well over 150 detailed photos in various lighting and the vehicle has been described as descriptive as possible. If there is anything that is unclear or additional information is needed please don't hesitate to ask. Please ask any questions before bidding.Please only bid with the intention to own. Bidding then canceling for "entering the wrong amount" will get you blocked from further bidding. Thanks and Good Luck**ONLY BID WITH INTENTIONS TO PAY FOR AND OWN THIS Truck**


On the West Coast of the United States in the early part of the 20th century Oakland California was referred to as the Detroit of the West 1916 Cliff Durant the son of the founder of General Motors William “Billy”Durant built the first Chevrolet assembly plant on 73rdave and Foothill. This trend continued with the Durant, Star, DeVaux and later the GMC truck plant on East 14th where this truck was built. The region also had manufacturing plants for Willy’s, Fageol trucks and busses (which became Peterbuilt) Ford in Richmond, Dodge in San Leandro and many other automotive sub contractors batteries, tires etc for manufacturing. The Chevrolet plant moved to Fremont in 1963 and the GMC plant became a parts hub for the western united states now all that is left is Tesla in Fremont.

This year GMC will celebrate 109 years of primarily focusing on trucks and utility vehicles and is one of the pioneers in the manufacture and sales of commercial motor vehicles. The GMC brand is one of the few original makes that have survived into the 21st century. The reputation of GMC truck quality, value, dependability and performance and the resulting brand loyalty originated with the first roots of GMC and General Motors productsCosmetically, GM's 1947 Advance-Design models looked unlike anything built to that time. "Round and juicy" is the way retired GM design vice president Charles M. "Chuck" Jordan describes them. GM's new trucks created quite a stir when they broke cover in mid 1947. Their overall shape and detailing were thoroughly modern at the time.

On the practical side, the new cabs were larger, more comfortable, and more user-friendly than Chevrolet's previous models. Chevrolet queried fleet owners before establishing the dimensions and amenities for the Advance-Design trucks. Surveys showed that drivers wanted more interior space, a seat wide enough for three adults instead of two, better outward vision, and easier entry and exit.

Chevrolet's truck engineers, under the direction of John G. Wood, made the all-steel cab wider by having the body-sides overhang the frame side-rails. This moved the doors outward several inches so that their outer surfaces came down almost parallel with the perimeter of the running boards. As a result, three adults could indeed sit side by side in the cab.To further improve sight lines, glass area was enlarged. Curved "Nu-Vue" windows could be ordered for the rear corners of cab models. Much attention went into the bench seat design. The bottom cushion could easily be lifted up and out to give access to a toolbox under the floor. The seat itself, upholstered in dark maroon leatherette, could be adjusted for height and leg room by sliding it up and back on wedge-shaped floor runners. Moving the seat forward simultaneously angled it upward, automatically adjusting it to the driver's height so that a short person could see out just as easily as a tall one.

Chevrolet'sradically different 1947 Advance Design light-duty trucks represented a sea change in pick-up truck design and appearance.

The nation was entering the exciting Post World War II era, and after four long years of war, the American people, especially the veterans, were looking forward to new opportunities in the world's greatest country.

There was no better way to put the past behind them and to look to the future than with new lines of America's favorite form of transportation: cars and light trucks. Post-war automobiles followed a little more than a year after the new trucks.

General Motors was the first manufacturer to release the new-look post-war trucks late in the 1947 model year as 1947 models. They were announced at Chevrolet dealer showrooms on Saturday, June 28, 1947.

A new, larger windshield, bigger side and rear window glass, and optional rear-quarter windows vastly improved safety and drivability. Higher and wider cab doors made entry and exit easier.


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