"1932 Chevrolet Wrecker
As the saying goes ""accidents will happen"" and true to this the 1930's were no different than today. Problem was a device was needed to clean these accidents up. Thanks to mechanic Ernest Holmes, Chattanooga, Tennessee is inextricably linked to the world of towing. Holmes invented the tow truck in 1916 in Chattanooga. Today, those trucks are indispensable emergency vehicles throughout the world.
A restored rare example of a 1930's tow truck, with some new twists during the rebuild. Starting its life as a 1-ton pickup, then being transformed into this ""wrecker"" as there were called, many painstaking hours were put into this build. A California woodshop fabricated the new bed, and sides, then a Holmes original restored boom Model 250 manufactured only between 1931 to 1934, was put into the bed. This is a heavy duty unit although it only has 1 cable, and contains a winch tower next to the cab, a hand crank, and tow clamps. Also stabilizing jacks (distance bars) to steady the truck if a pull has to take place on an uneven surface, or a side pull for extra blocking. Custom fabricated fenders on the rear single wheel attach to the bed.
Interior shows a bench seat, with some rips and tears, no door panels, and an original configuration dash which needs restoration.
A 1937 216ci engine with a 4-speed manual transmission is seen under the hood.
Overall the truck is in fair condition, as consigner states there are currently no working running lights, wipers are not hooked up, speedometer is not working, and gas gauge is not operational. This is definitely a piece of automotive history, and something not seen every day. A full book of the build is available, as well as write-ups on how the vehicle came to be.
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 150 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. A 450 barn find collection is currently also on display.
This vehicle is in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
Classic Auto Mall is a world class consignment house located in southeastern Pennsylvania with indoor showroom space for up to 1,000collectable and special interest vehicles offered for sale. We are conveniently located just west of Philadelphia. This one of a kind building is climate controlled and security monitored and is the ultimate destination for classic and specialty car lovers. The building is located right on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with terrific frontage and exposure. Additionally, this one of a kind building houses one of the finest barn findcollections in the world with over 400 vehicles on display. The facility and grounds have plenty of room for indoor and outdoor automotive related events, car shows, car club meets, ride and drives and more.
Classic Auto Mall by the Numbers:
This wonderful facility started life as a clothing outlet mall in 1985 and then evolved into a furniture outlet mall until it closed its doors in 2011. There is a 188 room Holiday Inn with a walk-thru entrance attached to the facility that has a full-service restaurant, lounge, meeting facilities and an indoor swimming pool. The hotel just underwent a $3,000,000 renovation.
With an abundance of car collectors, car clubs and racetracks located within a short distance, this fantastic facility is ideally situated.
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