It’s not often that you see a Chevrolet in the showroom at our dealership, but we just couldn’t help but show it off. This truck is a 1940 Chevy pick-up truck that was once owned by the Ralph Lauren Company and used in print ads, fashion shoots and other advertising for the Ralph Lauren Company. How did it end up in the Shockley Honda’s showroom you ask? Here’s the story.
This car was originally owned by the Ralph Lauren Company and was used primarily as a prop in print ads, fashion shoots for their clothing brand and in other advertising done by Ralph Lauren in the 1980’s. In 1988 it was sold to a collector out of Philadelphia who purchased the vehicle directly from Ralph Lauren for $16,000. In 2006, it was purchased on Ebay by James Baker for $15,000 with the intention of completely reconstructing and reconditioning the iconic Chevy Truck.
At the time of purchase the body and the interior of the truck were in poor shape and it was barely running. Baker took the truck to have it restored at Absolute Auto in Dickerson, Maryland. They restored the body to its current condition, added new brakes, a new radiator and a new starter. James was at the body shop one day and one of the employees working on the truck told him about a workshop that he was leading at Maryland School for the Deaf. James decided he did not really have any use for the truck anymore, and with the Holiday season coming up decided he wanted to donate the truck to Maryland School for the Deaf.
The Maryland School for the Deaf is a world class institution that gives deaf children the opportunity to complete their education as literate young adults. They go to Kindergarten through High School in the same institution and are helped based on their specific needs. Shockley Honda is a great supporter of MSD and Marisa Shockley of Shockley Honda is the President of the MSD Foundation. Because of the strong affiliation Shockley has with MSD, the car was given to Shockley Honda to auction off and raise money for the school.
Between December 19th and December 29th, the vehicle will be placed into Ebay auction starting at $16,000 and will go to the highest bidder. It is currently on display in the Shockley Honda showroom and will be there until sold.
Shockley Honda in Frederick, MD also serving Charlestown WV, Damascus, Mt Airy, Gaithersburg. Leesburg VA, Westminster, Martinsburg WV and Boonsboro.. We offer a great selection of new and used cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs. We also provide service and parts for all Honda models. For more information, please visit Shockley Honda