1946 Chevrolet DS 3800 Express 1T

The American public and American economy needed replacement vehicles after World War II and manufacturers could sell anything they could produce. Therefore, Chevrolet and the rest of the industry made a few trim changes to their 1942 models and declared them to be 1946’s. Chevrolet advertised the 1946 model as the nation's "Most Popular Pickup Truck." Even thought it was basically the same truck as the 1942 model it had several engineering improvements.

The 1946 Chevrolet 1 Ton series included Express, Panel, Canopy, Platform, and Stake models. This is a late series 1946 1 Ton Commercial DS 3800 Express Pickup produced in April of 1946.  The Express Model had a longer wheelbase (134.5 inches), longer running boards and a nine foot load box with extra stake pockets.  A chrome plated hood louver and radiator grille were standard. It is powered by a 216 cubic inch overhead valve 6 cylinder engine producing 90 horsepower, it weighs 4,095 pounds and cost $1,318 when new.

Production of all Chevrolet vehicles was interrupted during 1946 by a four month United Auto Workers strike, which was finally settled with government intervention. During 1946 Chevrolet President M. E. Coyle became Executive Vice President of General Motors and was replaced at Chevrolet by Nicholas Dreystadt of Cadillac.

Because of the UAW strike, production figures were low for Chevrolet and 171,618 pickups of all sizes were produced. Of these, only 1,972 were 1-ton pickups.

This beautifully restored truck was a co-feature vehicle at the 1998 LeMay Car Show and Open House.

Year: 1946
Make: Chevrolet
Model: DS 3800 Express 1T
Style: Pickup Truck

Serial No:
Engine Cyl: 6
Engine Size: 216.5 cid
Engine HP: 85
Trans: 4/2-Speed