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Do you know what ute this is?

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Serra16, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. Serra16

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    Hello everyone!

    I'm just wondering if anyone can identify what ute this is? I have found it in among some of my Pops old photos. There's no label on it. He owned a Holden ute, purchased from Murgon (SEQ) in 1951. This ute however has a chevy badge, but it looks to be from around that time.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated :)
    Unkown Ute.jpg
     
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    I was going to say the badge looks like a Chev Badge,
    Probably early to mid 50's Chev, because its got that Holden FB / FC look about it.
    Where I could be completely off target.
     
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    1949 -52 Chev ute built by Holden on a Canadian chassis. No, I am not that old, but Mr Google’s memory is.

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    Edit … well, yes I am older than that, but I don't remember that far back.
     
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    Chevy is my guess, with Father and Son doing a service on the wonderful MM.
     
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    What happens when you are in self isolation, and have time to fill ?
    You go digging in your library, looking for Norm Darwin’s book “The History Of Holden since 1917.” Below is my short take on what he has written.

    That Chev above ^^ is an evolution of the 1938 GMC grilled and badged ute.
    From 1940 the 15cwt (750kg capacity) chassis was imported. Holden had tooled up a new body and the running boards became ‘inboard’. These utes were used by the Australian Army.
    In 1944 the wheel base was extended from 113.5 inches to 115 inches, and Chev grille and badges used,
    In 1949, a new grille, with imported new doors and front end panels were mated with the older body and tray. That model continued until 1952, a year after the release of the Holden 48-215 ute.

    I hope that I have interpreted all that correctly. There are other chapters about Chev sedans and coupes with engine specs, etc, but I don’t know if they are relevant.
     
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    MM? You mean the car in the back ground? You can tell what it is??
     
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    I agree with @gossie .....looks like a Morris Minor to me.
     
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    So Holden and Chevy both had utes out in 1951?

    I have a letter my Pop wrote that states he bought a 1951 Holden utility. It also lists every other Holden he owned, which from what I can tell was most of them (sedans cause he got married ;)) up until 1991 when he bought the VN (in my profile pic). What I'm trying to guess is if the car in the picture was his first ute. Also now trying to guess if Pop would mix Holden and Chevy up/use them interchangeably.
     
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    I can't believe you guys can pick that out!!
     
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    Car nerds lol.
     
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    Holden was around before GM had much involvement. I believe it was a body or chassis making Co originally. I think they imported the engines back before the FX came about. I saw a video of how Holden came about but my memory is vague on lot of things these days. I have an idea they may have made panels and chassis parts for makes other than Chev too.
     
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    51 Chevy Styleline. Had one at work a couple of months ago. It had a two tone paint scheme and really reflected its name.
    I think the one above is pre 1950 now I look at the bumper.
     
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    Not just that. It is the high performance 2 door coupe version known as the Mighty Morry. ( or Morrie) :rolleyes:
     
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    Some of you people on this fine forum are so uninformed on wonderful cars from the past. I'm gobsmacked.
    And I should add it's a High Light rather than a Low Light Minor.
     
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    It's a '49 Chev Styleline. Those had the same bumper styling as the one pictured by OP and the same indicators. So many way cool cars going through the pics.

    The Morris had a similar shape, but different features.
    Similar badge shape at a glance too.

    You guys reminded me of the Morris the old boy had near my place in the 70's. He lived 3 doors down from the kindy.
    I always liked it. He also had a newer 1970 Morris Major. I still like those cars too.
     
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    We've been sidetracked by the car in the background.
     
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    My Grandad was called Morrie....just sayin'
     
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    Thank f*** for that. I thought we may have been going off-topic, writing about Morries rather than Chevys ( or Chevies ? ).
     
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    Agghhh … no !! That will confuse the younger members even more.
     
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    I'm going through my second childhood. Is that the same thing?
     
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