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1946 Chev Ute

Owned by

John Marsden
Melbourne, Australia

25 February 2008
# 2249

From John :

          This was a real barn find! I found this 1946 Chev Ute on eBay. It was at a scrap metal merchant's yard in Northern Country, Victoria in a real small town where the main street is still dirt!

          Apparently, the owner had gotten the Ute from a clean up of an old house. There had been some more Chevs but they were already gone. [ rear pix ]

          Luckily, rather than crushing it, the scrap metal fellow decided to list it on eBay. (He did not realise how rare it was but knew it was worth saving). In Australia (at the moment) the price of scrap metal is way high - $200 to $300 a ton. So unfortunately at times some interesting stuff is being crushed (in farm clean ups, etc.) without people realising its real value. Luckily for this Chev, the scrap metal people saw that it was something cool!

          When I saw the truck on eBay, it was the twin of my Dad's Ute (and may have been one of his - he had a heap of them in the 1950's) with the brush pale blue paint job. So I was keen to buy it. Strangely, it is this vehicle that led me to your site! The main bidder against me in the auction was the gentleman from the United States who told me about your site!

          Bizarre!

          I have a photo gallery of some of my collection on my MySpace -- click on my pics. You will see what other interesting autos I have, besides the 1947 Chevy Ute and 1947 Chev Panel. I also have a video clip on there of my band featuring my wild 1959 Ford Hearse which is very unique (coach built in Australia and very different to most USA funeral cars). (Here's the story on it ~ Ed.)

           I am the lead singer/guitarist in the Australian Rockabilly band "Wild Turkey." We have toured in the USA several times and there is also a photo on the band's web site. We usually head over to the USA about June and July for a tour with the band in the Southwest. We also look about to see what old autos are available to transport back to Australia!

John

          It's a small Stovebolt world after all! However you found us, we certainly are glad you did! ~~ Editor

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