Facts About 1952 Chevy Pick-Ups


In the decade following World War II, Chevrolet developed several effective engines, which helped improve sales for its pickup series. In 1947, Chevrolet released their Advanced Design Series of pickup trucks, which stayed on the market until 1954.

Six-Cylinder Engines

  • In 1952 Chevrolet was putting six-cylinder engines in all of its pickup trucks. The V-8 would not arrive on the scene until 1955. In 1952 Chevy truck buyers had to settle for a 216 cubic-inch six-cylinder engine rated at 90 horsepower. By today's standard this is a small six, especially in such a large body, but the 216 seems to have held up well. This engine also came with a three- or four-speed transmission.


  • The 1952 Chevy pickups had bench seats, a roomier cab and a solid frame. They were rated as half-ton, three-quarter-ton and one-ton trucks and were given a numerical series, such as the 3100 series for the half-ton and the 3600 for the three-quarter-ton. The half and three-quarter trucks came with a standard three-speed manual transmission, but a four-speed was an option. Meanwhile the one-ton, 3800 series had just the four-speed option.


  • During the entire Advanced Series run, Chevy was the number-one selling pickup truck in the U.S. Overall, Chevy trucks changed little from 1948 through 1953, but the new six-cylinder engines in 1954 and the arrival of the V-8 in 1955 opened a new era for Chevy trucks.

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