1956 Chevrolet 3100 REDefined Looks Smooth as Silk, It's Actually a Rugged Beast

1956 Chevrolet 3100 REDefined 6 photos
Photo: Barrett-Jackson
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Looks not only can be deceiving, but most of the time they are. That's true in all aspects of life, but perhaps even more so when it comes to this customized 1956 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck.
The 3100 needs little introduction, as it still is, almost 80 years after it first surfaced, a very talked-about vehicle. First born as part of the Advance Design (1947 - 1955) series and later pulled into the Task Force (1955 - 1959), the 3100 is as iconic for the American car-making industry as they get.

The one we're here to drool over now is a Task Force and it was produced in the second year of the series on the market. It's not just any conversion, but an award-winning one that deserves all the attention.

The truck is the work of Arizona-based Sic Chops, but sadly we were unable to determine when exactly it was first made. The fact is it is now getting ready to sell at the hands of auction house Barrett-Jackson as part of the event the company will host in Scottsdale at the end of January 2024.

In this customized form the truck is called REDefined, with caps for RED because of a very obvious reason: the extensive use of BASF Glasurit red paint for the entire body of the truck.

The color was slapped over one of the smoothest bodies we've seen in a while, made even more so by the deletion of all identifying markers on the exterior (trim and emblems), but also by the removal of the door handles.

Chopped by 1.5 inches, this apparently smooth-as-silk build is in fact a rugged monster. That's owed to the fitting under the hood of an LSA engine that displaces 6.2 liters. It's not a stock LSA, but one modified by a specialist named Don Hardy and rocking a Holly EFI and a Whipple supercharger.

With these modifications, the powerplant is now rated at 850 horsepower and 752 ft/lbs of torque. All of that power is sent to the wheels through a Ford 9-inch rear end and is controlled by an automatic transmission. The truck is held in check with the help of Baer disc brakes all around.

Under the pancaked hood and caught between the frenched headlights and the Cameo lighting hardware at the rear is a bed made of marble acrylic and, of course, the truck's cabin.

The changes made inside are extensive as well, and they are most obvious as a custom dashboard that holds Dakota Digital gauges and a Kicker audio system.

I said earlier the 1956 Chevrolet 3100 REDefined is an award-winning build, and according to its seller that translates into an award at the Grand National Roadster Show, another one at the 2022 Sacramento Autorama, and plenty of praise received at various Goodguys events.

There is only one thing we find wrong with this truck, and that is the fact that it's been put up for sale accompanied by some very questionable photos. A quick look at the attached gallery should be more than revealing.

As for the price of the truck, the REDefined is selling with no reserve, and that means it's impossible for us to make an estimate.

Update: sold for $192,500.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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