Pick of the Day: 1955 Chevrolet 3100 Ice Cream Truck

It isn’t every day you see a truck with white picket fences for doors and asphalt shingles for a roof covering, but that is exactly what we came across in the ClassicCars.com classifieds recently. We were compelled to share it with you all, since after all, spring is just around the corner. With rising temps will come rising demand for refreshing desserts. Can we interest you in vanilla or chocolate today?

The Pick of the Day is a 1955 Chevrolet 3100 pickup listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Clarklake, Michigan. (Click the link to view the listing)

“This truck once served the five boroughs of New York,” the listing begins. “After competing with and finally being absorbed by the Good Humor ice cream company, most of these trucks either vanished or were destroyed.”

It is fitting that the signage on the sides of the truck is for fudge ice cream bars, because the pickup’s brown and white paint scheme – brown on either side and white down the middle – makes the truck look a little bit like an oversized ice cream bar itself. The truck was originally assembled for the first model year of what Chevrolet called its “Task Force” era. That generation continued through 1959, with incremental changes along the way like revisions to bed lengths, moldings, and interior trim packages.

Under the hood, power comes from an inline-six mated to a three-speed manual transmission. “It still moves around on its own power,” the seller says. “However, a tune-up and some minor TLC are in order to put it back out for service.” The refrigeration unit will need attention before it is ready for action; the listing says that the truck was on display inside a parlor for many years.

If you are an aspiring entrepreneur and desire to put this truck back into service as an ice cream vendor, we would love to hear about it and follow the progress. Otherwise, the truck would still make a fun weekend cruiser, and it would no doubt make for a fun conversation piece at shows and parades.

In case it helps get the ball – and the wheels – rolling, I found a company that specializes in buying, selling, repairing, and renovating food trucks and trailers. Here is their website.

The asking price is $33,250 or best offer.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, visit the archives at Pick of the Day.