Chevrolet Chevrolet 1/2-Ton Pickup
Chevrolet 3100 Series Stepside 1/2-ton Pickup was a carry over from the
popular and new for 1955 model lineup light duty pickups, with only very
minor changes probably not even noticeable to the average person. This
stepside is typical of what the factory produced for the light duty truck
buyer, who was usually a rural American farmer or trade worker who used
the truck for utilitarian purposes.
Body Style: 2-door 1/2-ton Stepside Pickup
Engine: 265 cubic-inch, OHV V8, 162-horsepower
Transmission: 3-speed manual with overdrive
Suspension: Straight I-beam front axle with multiple semi-elliptic
leaf springs, multiple semi-elliptic leaf rear with tubular shock absorbers
at each wheel
Frame: Box girder ladder-type, 114-inch wheelbase, 3,217 pounds,
5,000 pounds gross vehicle weight
Base Price: around $1,700
Chevrolet K20 Pickup Truck
Chevrolet commanded its largest share of the US truck market, with over
one-third of all trucks sold in America wearing a bow-tie. Four wheel
drive trucks, the "K-Series" models, were a far cry from today's
4x4s. With manual hubs and two-speed manual transfer cases, these trucks
borrowed heavily from vehicles originally developed for the military and
were decidedly tough, off-road machines. These trucks may not have offered
a lot of creature comforts but there was not shortage of ground clearance.
the introduction of high torque six-cylinder engine, offered in 230 and
292 cubic-inch versions, as well as new front end design featuring a wider
grille and headlight treatment.
Chevrolet pickup line included 1/2-ton and 3/4-ton versions in 115-inch
and 127-inch wheelbase lengths. One-ton models rode on a 133-inch wheelbase.
Chevrolet offered the trucks with two different type pickup boxes, Fleetside
Weight: 3,890 pounds
Engine: 292 cubic-inch, Inline 6 cylinder, 165-horsepower
Base Price: $2,871
Chevrolet Lime Rock 454SS
Chevy's one-off race truck as a sports car with a 6-foot trunk. Originally
constructed to compete in "Road and Track Magazine's" Annual
Manufacturers Challenge Cup road race, the 454SS pickup is outfitted with
such amenities as a rollcage, six point safety harness, and a fire extinguisher
(454 cubic-inch) fuel injected Big Block provides the power and P255/50ZR16
tires on 16-inch diameter wheels supply the traction. The modified big-block
breathes through a low restriction 2.5-inch diameter dual exhaust system.
A custom ground effects package and three color graphics gives this 454SS
an appropriately aggressive appearance.
454 cubic-inch V8, 230-horsepower, 385 foot-lbs
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Base Price: $18,000