This 1954 Chevy 3100 represents the end of the line for the "Advance Design" trucks that are beloved around the world, even today. In 1955, Chevy would introduce an all-new truck, but that didn''t mean they sat on their hands and did nothing for ''54. A new grille, a bigger engine, and a one-piece windshield make trucks like this ''54 model the ones to own if you''re looking for something with classic styling. This is a very mild custom, with a gorgeous dark blue paint job that looks great on the rounded bodywork. The work is nicely done, with good straight panels that indicate that this truck was never beaten and bruised in its day job. While most of these were somber-looking workhorses, the vivid blue paint gives this one a lively custom look that will make people look twice, and when they do, they''ll definitely like what they see. The grille has been chromed to add some flash, since most of them were painted back in the day (chrome was an option). In back, the bed has been protected with a spray-in bedliner that looks great and doesn''t mind getting dirty at Home Depot. Fresh chrome bumpers, traditional blue-dot taillight lenses, and those two bright stainless steel exhaust tips peeking out from under the rear bumper give it a highly polished look that belies its working origins. Further design improvements for ''54 included a redesigned dashboard with recessed instruments (now replaced with pretty white-faced Dolphin gauges in custom billet panels), the speaker grille bars were now vertical instead of horizontal, and the upper portion of the dash bulged out slightly over the working section. Finger grips were added to the steering wheel, although the original has been replaced by a newer LaCarrera piece that''s quite convincing. The seat is upholstered in black cloth, set off by matching blue paint on the dash and door panels, and it''s a nice change from the usual gray found in these trucks. A rubber floor mat and other easy-to-clean materials make maintenance a snap, making this truck ready, willing, and able to go to work tomorrow. And for those long drives coming back from the cruise-in, there''s an AM/FM/cassette stereo mounted under the dash. 1954 was also the year that Chevy finally put the 235 cubic inch inline-six under the hood. Borrowed from the larger Load-Master line, it features full-pressure lubrication, a heady 7.5:1 compression ratio, and aluminum pistons, and makes a very usable 112 horsepower and 200 pounds of torque. This one has been slightly upgraded using period-appropriate accessories like a set of cast iron Fenton exhaust manifolds feeding a Flowmaster dual exhaust system, and an upgraded carburetor with open-element air cleaner. The engine bay is tidy and the engine itself has been dressed up with a period finned aluminum valve cover and side panel, and a 12-volt conversion spins the starter with vigor. Underneath, there''s a 4-speed manual transmission with an ultra-low first gear for real pulling power spinning the original rear end. It''s quite clean with satin black paint and lots of fresh parts in the suspension, including front and rear sway bars, and wears a set of 255/55/17 radials on flashy MBMotoring alloys. Nice trucks that can be driven and shown with pride are still available, and they''re still very affordable as this ''54 Chevy so ably proves. Call today! This vehicle is located in our Charlotte showroom. For more information, please call (704) 598-2130 or toll free (866) 542-8392.