July 6, 2017
This 1931 Chevy pickup, seen a couple of Saturdays ago at the Charity for HART Interfaith Car Show in Wheatfield, I am told is an actual old barn find, and it didn’t take much to get it up and running again. According to that year’s brochure, it had a load space 66 inches long and 45 inches wide. How, you might be wondering, does that compare with today’s Silverado? A 2017 four-door crew cab short box has a load floor which is 69.33 inches long and 51.03 inches wide between the wheelhouses. Not a big difference. Pricing, however… the 2017 mentioned above starts at $27,785; back in 1931, you could buy a new closed cab pickup like today’s featured truck for around $440 (about $7,100 with inflation). With reverse inflation the 2017 truck would have cost over $1,700 in 1931, about the same price as a nice new Chrysler eight-cylinder convertible coupe. Wow.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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