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Lot 110: Chevrolet Fleet Master Pickup

Weekend de l'Excellence Automobile, Bonhams (26 September 2009)

Faisant aujourd'hui partie int�grante de la culture populaire am�ricaine, le "pick-up" est une sorte de cheval de cow-boy du XXe si�cle. V�hicules strictement utilitaires � l'origine, leur gabarit en ont fait des candidats id�als � la transformation en "hot-rod" en vogue apr�s-guerre et, aujourd'hui, comme tant de modes n�es aux Etats-Unis, ils jouissent d'un culte mondial. Ayant lanc� son premier pick-up en 1918, Chevrolet d�passe dans les ann�es 1930 son principal rival Ford, bien que bri�vement, comme constructeur am�ricain num�ro un, gr�ce � une politique d'innovation technique et de marketing agressif. Chevrolet est parmi les premiers � offrir une bo�te de vitesses synchronis�e et des freins � commande hydraulique sur ses pick-up, de m�me qu'une large gamme de couleurs. En 1939, Chevrolet offre pas moins de 45 diff�rentes versions sur empattements de diverses dimensions et capacit�s de chargement allant de 500 kg � 1,5 tonnes, toutes propuls�es par le classique six cylindres 3,5 litres "Stovebolt" � soupapes en t�te. La production d'utilitaires pour le march� civil cesse en janvier 1942 avec l'entr�e en guerre des Etats-Unis, bien que certains voient tout de m�me le jour pour des professions prioritaires. Pendant les hostilit�s, Chevrolet construit des milliers d'exemplaires de son camion de 1942, en multiples versions militaires pour les arm�es alli�es. Un grand nombre d'entre eux vont rester en Europe apr�s la fin de la guerre. Cet exemplaire a �t� amen� en Belgique pendant la Seconde Guerre Mondiale. Il est d�crit comme �tant totalement d'origine, magnifiquement patin� et fonctionnant correctement. Il est offert sans prix de r�serve.

Nowadays an integral part of American popular culture, the pickup truck has come to be thought of as the 20th Century equivalent of the cowboy's horse. Once viewed as strictly utilitarian commercial vehicles, they were seized on as ideal candidates for customising and hot-rodding in the post-war era, and today, like so many fashions that start in the USA, enjoy a cult following worldwide. Having introduced its first pickup in 1918, Chevrolet overtook chief rival Ford, albeit briefly, as the USA's number one producer in the 1930s thanks to its policies of technical innovation and aggressive marketing - Chevrolet was among the first to offer synchromesh transmissions and hydraulic brakes on its pickups as well as an extensive range of colours. By 1939 Chevrolet offered no fewer than 45 different trucks on eight alternative wheelbases and in capacities ranging from a half to one-and-a-half tons, all of them powered by the classic 'Stovebolt' 3.5-litre overhead-valve six. Production of trucks for the civilian market was halted in January 1942 following the USA's entry into WW2, although some were manufactured later for high-priority users. During hostilities Chevrolet built thousands of its 1942-model trucks in various guises for military use by the Allied Armies, many of which remained in Europe after the war's end. This example was brought to Belgium during WW2 and is described as in fully original condition, superbly patinated and running well. The vehicle is offered without reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Weekend de l'Excellence Automobile
Bonhams, Reims - Circuit de Gueux en Champagne
TypeCar
Lot Number110
Estimate€5000-€8000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€4500
Hammer Price (inc premium)€5175
Year1942
Condition rating0
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Chassis number213751
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