1947-1954 Ad­vanced De­sign

Street Trucks - - 100 YEARS OF CHEVY TRUCKS -

CON­SID­ERED by many to be the most beau­ti­ful truck that GM ever pro­duced, the Ad­vanced De­sign series of trucks have cer­tainly with­stood the test of time as one of the most stun­ning de­signs to ever come out of Detroit. It quickly be­came the best­selling truck on the market and was con­tin­u­ally re­fined and im­proved over the years. The big­gest changes came in 1954, with the in­tro­duc­tion of the one-piece wind­shield, hor­i­zon­tal bed rails to re­place the pre­vi­ous an­gled rails and round tail­lights. An as­sort­ment of in­line sixes was of­fered through­out the model run, be­gin­ning with the 216 cu­bic inch through 1953, and then mov­ing through the 235 and 261 cu­bic-inch­ers to­ward the end of the model run. 1954 was the first year that a Turbo Hy­dra­matic trans would be of­fered, and holdover 1955 “First Series” trucks were fi­nally treated to an open driv­e­line con­fig­u­ra­tion be­fore the re­designed Task Force pick­ups were in­tro­duced. These days, the AD truck can most of­ten be seen as a street ma­chine, but they are also pop­u­lar as kus­toms.

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