Sold for $82,500 at 2007 RM Sothebys
Sold for $110,000 at 2011 Barrett-Jackson
The Suburban name was introduced in 1935 and it remains as one of the longest-running model names in automotive history. They were initially known as the 'Carryall Suburban' and offered by both Chevrolet and GMC. They were intended to go head-to-head with Ford in the growing market for light truck-based vehicles. The Suburban was built on the existing commercial panel truck designs, and added windows and seating for up to eight passengers, with cargo access via a two-piece tailgate.
In 1939, the wheelbase grew to 113.5 inches, while the exterior was slightly restyled. For 1941, the overhead-valve six-cylinder engine displaces 228 cubic-inches and produced 93 horsepower. The cars had a three-speed synchromesh manual gearbox and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes.
Production continued until the switch to wartime production began in early 1942. Most Suburbans wore steel bodies, but there were a few that were given fashionable wooden bodywork from specialist companies.
This GMC Suburban has wooden bodywork by the Mid-State Body Company of New York and is one of just 23 examples originally built.
In 2010, it was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook event presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $50,000-$75,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $45,100 including buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010