Chevrolet Centennial Truck History: 1938

1938 CHEVROLET HALF-TON

A WORK OF ART

This truck was the first to be designed by the newly formed Art and Color department.

DESIGNED TO IMPRESS

A stylish vertical grille, swept fenders and a new front bumper show early signs of the newly formed design team’s influence on Chevy trucks.

Chevrolet Centennial Truck History: 1938 Half-Ton Truck
HALF-TON
SPECS
MSRP icon MSRP: $592
Engine icon Engine: 3.5L I-6 (216.5 cubic inches)
Horsepower icon Horsepower: 78
Torque icon Torque: 170 lb.-ft.
Chevrolet Centennial Truck History: 1938 Half-Ton Truck Design Drawing
Chevrolet Centennial Truck History: 1938 Half-Ton Truck Looking Back
Looking Back at 1938
  • U.S. population: 129.8 million
  • Price of a gallon of gas: $0.16
  • Price of a gallon of milk: $0.17
  • Average household income: $1,730
  • Price of a new home: $3,900