Crossovers and sport-utility vehicles are all the rage nowadays, but those utilitarian types of people and cargo haulers have been around for almost a century.
“Offered for sale is this pristine example of a 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Suburban,” the listing reads. “As one can see from the photos, this vehicle is in immaculate condition both inside and out.”
The Chevrolet Suburban is the longest continuously-used automobile nameplate that remains in production today. The name dates back to 1935 when it launched on the “Carryall Suburban,” a vehicle designed to do exactly as its name implied. The original Suburban used a station wagon body on top of a light truck chassis. Seating configurations could accommodate up to eight occupants, and the rear cargo door could be ordered as either side-hinged “barn-style” doors or a liftgate.
Today’s example comes from the Suburban’s third generation, which was brought to life in 1947 along with the similarly-styled Chevrolet Advance Design pickup truck. Power for this hauler comes from a 216cid inline-six paired with a four-speed manual transmission. The seller states that it went through a bumper-to-bumper refresh in 2009 and that it runs and drives as well as it looks. The wide whitewall tires were recently replaced, too. The two-tone paint finish is accentuated by lots of accessories like fog lamps, chrome headlight eyebrows, a windshield visor, and a dual exhaust system out back.
In order to allow access to the rear passenger compartment via just a single door, the front bench seat is split to allow it to fold forward and out of the way. The second row is also narrowed to allow entry into the rear row. It wasn’t until the Suburban’s seventh generation in 1973 that the model gained four doors alongside the Rounded Line generation of C/K-Series pickups. Today, the Suburban is in its twelfth generation and shares its underpinnings with the Chevrolet Tahoe, the GMC Yukon, and the Cadillac Escalade. It’s still an American favorite and sold nearly 50,000 units last year.
It’s such a fan favorite, in fact, that in 2019, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce dedicated a Walk of Fame star to the Suburban, based on the fact that the model had appeared in 1,750 films and television shows since 1952.
“You can load up your family, drive it to shows, win awards, and drive home. This Suburban exemplifies beauty, reliability, and quality all in one,” the listing concludes.
The seller is asking $49,900 for this versatile American icon.