A “Slightly Modified” 1961 Chevy Brazil 3100 6×6 – Bizarre Forbidden Fruit

Images: carro.mercadolivre.com.br

Seriously, you’ve never seen anything like this 1961 Chevy Brazil 3100 6×6 before.

The 1961 Chevy Brazil 3100 pictured here appears to be a slight variation on the original. That truck was a fairly standard pickup manufactured in São Paulo, Brazil. Actually, it’s most likely the Chevrolet Brazil 3100 Alvorada crew cab, which is super rare over there and only had three doors. Two on the passenger side, and one on the driver. 4×4 versions are even harder to find, and this one may have been converted to 4×4.

… but there’s more…

Chevrolet Brazil 3100 Alvorada crew cab (Image: Chevrolet Brazil)

I found this 6×6 1961 Chevrolet Brazil 3100 on a Brazilian auction website. After translating Portuguese, I noted that it was actually a 6X4, meaning only two of the axles were powered. The third axle, presumably at the very rear, was a “tag axle”. According to the description, “Ultra-soft SUSPENSION with shock absorbers and coil springs.” I’m guessing it has a nice ride.

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Somebody really went to town with this truck. Even the front end has been highly modified to the point that it’s difficult to pinpoint what it was.

The listing included:

1113 turbine diesel engine.
CHANGE (transmission?) in column 5 gears 1113.
Electric Glass, Alarm, 3 windows.
2 Fuel Tanks, 2 Steppes.
SOUND ON THE CEILING – Digital TV, 7 “Retractable LCD, DVD` Player, GPS and USB.
Mile Headlights, Santo Antônio, Alloy Wheels Aro 17.
Internal Refrigerator, External Protection Cover.
All Terrain Lameiro tires (with 4 extras)

Here’s a regular cab, Chevrolet Brazil 3100. (Image: Chevrolet Brazil)

In the listing, it says this beastie is equipped with an 1113 turbine diesel engine. After doing some research, I found that this designation appears to belong to the Mercedes-Benz OM352 engine. I believe this truck initially came with a 261 inline-six “Job Master” engine, but I could be wrong. Still, the possibility that this thing is sporting a Mercedes-Benz I6 diesel is pretty cool. The description seems to indicate that it has a five-speed manual transmission – possibly column-mounted.

Here’s the full (translated) description:

Double cabin, only on the market, documents up to date for transfer.
6X4 Layout, Hydraulic STEERING, Automatic Air Hood.
BRAKE Vacuum hydro.
Ultra-soft SUSPENSION with shock absorbers and coil springs.
1113 turbine diesel engine.
CHANGE in column 5 gears 1113.
Electric Glass, Alarm, 3 windows.
2 Fuel Tanks, 2 Steppes.
SOUND ON THE CEILING – Digital TV, 7 “Retractable LCD, DVD` Player, GPS, and USB.
Mile Headlights, Santo Antônio, Alloy Wheels Aro 17.
Internal Refrigerator, External Protection Cover.
All Terrain Lameiro tires (with 4 extras)

The price for this slightly modified 1961 Chevy Brazil 3100 6×6/6×4 is $165,000 Brazilian Real, which translates to just under $31,000 USD.

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Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.