Curbside Classical: 1954 Chevy 3100 Panel Truck

(first posted 7/29/2017)      One of the good things about life in Portland is our 24/7 non-commercial classical radio station, “All Classical” KQAC. They use this pristine 1954 Chevy 3100 Panel Truck in parades and field operations around town. Truly a classical alternative to an ordinary modern van.

Here it is in Tom McCall Waterfront Park along the Willamette River, showing off the network of stations they’ve assembled covering much of western and central Oregon. In fact they’re planning to provide a special Eclipse Soundtrack for the total eclipse of the sun that comes ashore in Oregon on August 21st, on the radio throughout much of the zone of totality, and at the Portland Waterfront Park viewing party where the eclipse will be 99% of total.

Another good shot of this van at the radio station, loading up for an event. “All Classical” isn’t a stereotypically stuffy classical music organization, they like to have a bit of fun and good humor along with the culture.

This front view from Christmastime shows its 1954 crossbar chrome grille and one-piece windshield, the only major changes in Chevy’s Advance Design platform, used for all Chevy’s trucks including the Suburban, pickups, cargo vans and cabovers from 1947 to 1955. This is a 3100, the 1/2 ton version.

I’ve seen this van out and about in traffic, but never parked. These are photos I’ve collected from various web sites.

I’ve seen their equally nice early-50’s Chevy pickup truck around as well, but this Starlight Parade appearance is the only good photo I’ve found. “All Classical” Radio is a classy bunch.