Hooniverse Truck Thursday – A 1949 GMC Custom Cab 100 with only 2,690 miles!

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Hooniverse Truck Thursday – A 1949 GMC Custom Cab 100 with only 2,690 miles!


Welcome to another Hooniverse Truck Thursday. I was going to save this for the Weekend, but decided to run it for Truck Thursday because the listing suddenly ended. This, my friends, is an unrestored 1949 GMC Custom Cab Pickup that shows less than 2,700 miles from new. The Tires are original, the paint is original, the wood in the bed is original. This is a truck that should be stored in a bottle and used as a template to show how the factory originally built this truck. It is that remarkable.


This truck hails from Oneida, Tennessee, and it has an incredible history. I will let the listing speak for itself (but you will have to excuse the spelling errors):

Up for sale is a 1949 GMC Custom Cab 100 Truck. This Truck is UNRESTORED Condition all is Original from 1949. This Truck still has the Original Paint, Orginal Tires, Orginal Wood Bed, Orginal Interior. The truck has a 228 6 Cylinder engine and a 4 Speed Manual Transmission. The Mileage is 2,690 Original Miles. It did not come with a factory heater which was called heater delete in 1949. My family has owned this truck since 1986 and it had 2,100 miles on it then, but was trying to buy it since 1963 when the truck had only 1,750 miles on it.

Please pay close attention to the picture of the dash gauges becasue the truck was running while the picture was took so that you can see the oil pressure was great and that it was also charging. Call for more information on this ONE OF A KIND GMC TRUCK anytime before 10:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time.


Pictures really don’t do it any justice, as I am sure it is more breathtaking in person. The auction ended with a top bid of $20,100.99, with an unmet reserve. I know trucks are rapidly escalating in value, with models like the Cameo Carrier, the original F-100, and the Dodge Sweptsides commanding premiums, but this is a work truck, with a long bed, so I’m really not sure what the top value would be. See the listing here.

So what do you think of this very low mileage GMC Pickup? Let me know, and look for the Hooniverse Low-Mileage Weekend Edition in which I found at least 10 more desirable vehicles, all built before 1990, with incredible low-mileage.

By |2011-09-08T11:00:02+00:00September 8th, 2011|For Sale, Hooniverse Truck Thursday|16 Comments

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  1. tonyola September 8, 2011 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Nice but not driven enough. It'll need work and money to make it truly roadworthy. Better to spend less money on a decently-used truck then spend the balance to fix up as needed.

    • mr. mzs zsm msz esq September 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm - Reply

      With so few miles, most buyers would hardly ever drive it anyway. I too would prefer the decently used truck, though these being work vehicles, I am sure those are hard to find. Easiest to find one that was restored pretty well so you could enjoy driving it. This one is for the kind of person that can spend a lot just to have that low mile original that they can't use much besides showing.

  2. chrystlubitshi September 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    i agree with tonyola, but this is a beautiful truck from an era when work trucks were purpose built and stylish at the same time.

  3. FuzzyPlushroom September 8, 2011 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    Of all the contributors to mention someone's 'orginal wood bed', I wouldn't have put my money on Jim.
    You go, you sly old bastard, you. 😉
    (My only concern/qualm: I am concerned about tires of that age. I think I'd have them pulled off and stored and put modern ones on as a first act.)

  4. dukeisduke September 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Sixty-two-year-old tires and tubes? I don't think I'd want to go very far on those. I also wonder how often the oil, coolant, etc., were changed.

  5. P161911 September 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    The only bad thing is with mileage this low you would feel really bad driving it. Plus an tonyola mentioned, it probably needs all the soft parts replaced. 62 year old tires scare me.

  6. Mad_Hungarian September 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Wow, wow, wow. Could there possibly be another one like in the world?

  7. sport_wagon September 8, 2011 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Should . . . have sent . . . a poet . . .
    [youtube ACKWK55Ic9M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACKWK55Ic9M youtube]

  8. CptSevere September 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I agree, those tires are scary, and the soft parts need replacing, but you'd keep all that for shows. Get identical new tires from Coker, and gently drive this truck on occasion. Man, this thing is a time machine, and Jim's right, it's a reference item for restorers. It's kind of a shame that this truck is so box stock original, I'd want to drive it all the time, but that would be a shame. Yeah, keep it under glass, like a rare specimen or something.

  9. sport_wagon September 8, 2011 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    On second thought, we should destroy it for being so beautiful. . . .
    [youtube m9gjW9RmkpY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9gjW9RmkpY youtube]

  10. Van Sarockin September 9, 2011 at 3:36 am - Reply

    GM should buy it and put in on display at the Research Center – and make their truck designers walk past it every day. This is everything a pickup truck should be and needs to be. Now reference new trucks. Change isn't necessarily advancement.

  11. RangerK September 9, 2011 at 7:10 am - Reply

    You watch, some idiot will throw a 350 small block in it.

  12. Black Steelies September 9, 2011 at 10:12 am - Reply

    Very cool but it will never be used like a truck. I like the idea of having an old truck just to USE, and this is not it.
    Not sure it's quite clean enough for over $20k, then again if it were cleaned up it could probably go for a lot more to some jazzed up bidders in an auction setting. But some people place more value on low miles than I do, and I'm ok with that.

  13. RMC-GMC January 1, 2012 at 11:13 am - Reply

    Like RangerK said. ..Some IDIOT will throw a small block in it. I know this truck and it's owner..and there are many negative comments here. Keeping it ORIGINAL was his goal. GM should have bough it and put it on display. It was kept in the dry, it was never dirty. How rude to talk about originality of any type. The truck wasn't driven, to preserve it. I once asked a person on an antique truck site, WHY people spend thousands on these old trucks, and have to totally restore them. He replied, "Because there aren't Original trucks." WE come from a family that respects vehicles and want to keep them original. This truck has history like no other. The pictures were taken by the owner who had never used a digital camera before. Would buy it back in a heartbeat too…AND never restore it. I know the original owner, etc. I'll not comment further..because I'd say something I'd regret!

  14. Sport-GMC January 1, 2012 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Trying to comment as a guest, but I'm sure the name's here aren't their real names, yet they ask for mine to post? Too many negative comments. I personally know the original owner, though he's passed on, and the owner of the truck when it sold. RangerK hit the nail on the head. Idiot's restore such beautuful specimens? It was kept original because it was so beautiful. I once asked "Why do men buy these expensive toys, spending thousands, to restore them?" The answer was, "Because there are no original trucks." This proves they are. The truck was kept in the dry, was never dirty, was never rained on, and you have negative comments?? GM should have bought it to display in it's originality forever to display. Not driving it, kept it original. If I can't post this, I'll be very upset. My name is INITIALS I used. Geez.

  15. 1949 gmc February 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    what color is this?

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