1948 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
1948 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery
The Stylemaster was Chevrolet's refined, low-key sedan delivery for 1948, more closely related to Chevy's passenger car lines than to its 3100 series light trucks. The long front fenders stretching back into the doors, raked vee windshield, split chrome grille, chrome bumpers and windshield surrounds marked the Fleetline as a prestige model.
With its curbside opening rear door, its practicality in urban delivery applications was greatly enhanced. This Fleet-liner takes on just a bit of a custom look with its award winning Metallic Crocodile Green paint, and gold sprayed big trimmings, along with business advertising side panels in NY Times Black script….*Note to potential buyer, this is a great advertising schtick….* just imagine the looks you'll get rolling up to a new client in this baby!? Plenty of custom work on the interior, and a beautifully presenting and robust mill, you will not waste any time getting to your location. Service with a smile, and some eye candy to go along with it.
All rust free panels for this freight train from the 40's. Excess steel for the long front fenders, which impede into the doors, then start up in curvaceous rear fender form just behind the doors again. A towering rounded hood is framed below in the gold painted split massive grille and rounded bumper below. Snappy LED headlights/signal lights are mounted into the original circular headlight surrounds on the front of the quarters and sport a chromed visor. Rocker trim and rear fender chip guard are also in gold, which is a great compliment to the metallic crocodile warm green metallic the remainder of this large paneled truck is bathed in. On back of this tall spacious sedan like truck, is a single curb side swinging door, with an undulating gold bumper just below. Excellent gold painted steel wheels complete with ribbed deep-dish chromed trim, and a central dog dish chromed cap, are wrapped by utilitarian black walls all around, and ground the “look”.
A swing of the massive doors divulges to us an interplay of textures and surfaces covering the door panels. This includes a crocodile green painted door sill, with a light brushed stainless textured panel, and directly below some tuck and roll vertical stitched panels for your armrest comfort. Below this is a checked tweed broadcloth complimenting the exterior green/gold mayhem that is going on all around these doors. A modern-day split back bench in black vinyl some tuck and roll and some smooth bolsters and long headrests provide the driver and passenger seating. The original dash has been replaced with a brushed stainless panel, which houses round blackface Classic Instruments and black pulls and knobs. A sleek aftermarket Kenwood AM/FM/CD player is mounted in the center of this custom dash, and has many speakers mounted throughout the interior. The cargo area of this Sedan Delivery is wrapped in more checked broadcloth tweed for the interior side panels, and gray carpet for the floors. There is a layered “false floor” that has additional storage below it, or you can remove this panel and add some height to the interior cargo area. A nice tight black headliner in matte vinyl is above. Noted the rear-view mirror now is a convenient backup cam screen, making navigating rearward a snap.
A heave of the high bulbous hood, and we see a totally restored engine bay with a massive 350ci V8 shoehorned into this beautiful bay. An Edelbrock performance intake and a Holley 4-barrel carburetor is atop, complete with an oval open air cleaner housing in chrome. Some nicely cast ribbed valve covers, stainless braided hoses, and a new custom radiator keeps everything all cool under the hood. On back is a TH350 3-speed transmission in automatic form.
All sound underneath, some slight areas of peeling undercoating, and a slight crack in one of the side rails of the frame, but otherwise all buttoned up. This slight crack is not impeding the structural integrity of the vehicle but is duly noted. Power disc brakes are all around, and now independent front suspension, Mustang II style, and leaf springs are on the back. Updated rack and pinion steering is now installed as well.
Sitting behind the wheel of this big piece of Detroit iron make me feel like a king of the road. She fired right up, and it was to the test track where I would put this 48 Sedan delivery through its paces. Here it had smooth powerful acceleration, decent handling, good braking, and a smooth quiet highway speed cruise. The stereo is excellent, and you can be equally entertained with the roar of the exhaust emanating from the healthy 350 mill.
Definitely an eye catcher with its award-winning paint, and I'd have to say pretty cool and unusual but attractive paint scheme. Wonderful use of plenty of interior textures and surfaces, fine mechanical upgrades, and a very healthy mill, will have this vehicle in service for many years to come. Put it onto the budget as advertising and deduct the entire cost. Just imagine your biz name in that New York Times Font for all the world to see.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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