The 1952 Chevy truck had some alterations made to it over previous years because of the Korean war. Metals such as chrome and copper were being used for the war effort and for the most part, were not available for use in automobiles. The most noticeable effect of this is on the grill of the 52 Chevy truck. Previously the prominent grill was all chrome but for the 52 it was usually painted.
You can find this 1952 Chevy truck for sale on craigslist and it clearly shows the painted grill that was mentioned earlier. The door handles are also painted instead of chrome. Which brings us to the fact that the 52 was the first year to feature push button door handles instead of lever handles. Another major change was the radiator. Alternative metals to copper had to be used to build the radiators which made them lighter but less durable than the copper ones. These kinds of changes have made 1952 Chevy truck parts less desirable than 51 parts because many of the parts are interchangeable.
I had to include this lifted 1952 Chevy pickup in this post because it’s awesome. How often do you see any vehicle from the 50s jacked up? I’ve never seen one in person but the style clearly works. The rims don’t exactly match up but that’s to be expected with these size of tires on this year of truck.
I have a soft spot for anything old and vintage, just ask my grandma, so this might be my favorite truck on this website so far. I think the only thing that could improve it is a big smokestack coming up behind the driver. Not exactly a classic look but every time I look at this picture I imagine the truck with a big smokestack.
I did a quick check on ebay and found only four 1952 Chevy trucks for sale. They ranged from $2500 to $1500 in price, which could of course change when more bids are placed. The point is that there aren’t very many available and the ones that are should be admired and cared for. A quick search on Craigslist only found two currently for sale. These kinds of trucks can take years to restore and sometimes more money is spent on parts than the truck will ever be worth. But hey, it’s not about the money, it’s about love.