What a rare Suburban! We recently found these photos among some stored papers from 1999. An early 1947 GMC Suburban is rarely seen, so it just had to be placed on our website. This was the last year of the Prewar GMC’s and was carried into the beginning of 1947.
It was owned and restored by Mark DeVries of Bakersfield, California (he may still own it). During its ground up restoration Mark added new leaf springs, wheel cylinders, spindles, a high speed 3.55 ratio ring and pinion, clutch assembly, grille, headlights, fenders and running boards.
Mark even went a step further and black powder coated the frame and axles. The body color is the correct Narva green.
The pair of small accessory taillights were first offered in late 1947, but no doubt the GMC dealer would have added them on this older Suburban. When turn signals became popular, owners often requested these to be placed on their older Suburban’s and Panel trucks.