LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1956 Divco Model UM Custom.
In 1926, the Detroit Industrial Vehicle Company was formed. Initially being nicknamed “Divco” by the owners and employees of the company, Divco became the official name in 1944. Along the way, Divco launched its tremendously successful “snub-nose” line of multi-stop delivery trucks, beginning in 1939 and continuing all the way until Divco’s bankruptcy and liquidation in 1986. Due to the ubiquitous nature of the snub-nose Divco, it became a part of popular culture and an indelible image in the North American collective consciousness.
This particular 1956 Divco Model UM is not exactly the slow and steady milk delivery appliance that may have roamed your neighbourhood in the past. The first hint is the stance. It’s low and it rides on massive Billet Specialties 5-spoke wheels that look amazing! Next, there is the paint. It’s two-tone, black and white, broken up with a chrome strip down the side that has been wet sanded and polished to a show quality shine. Step up into the van to reveal that the factory utilitarian interior has been entirely replaced with gorgeous red leather everywhere. The leather is soft and smooth, a truly great place to spend time, and has won multiple awards for its quality and terrific appearance. The interior is finished with awesome Dakota Digital gauges, power windows and a polished metal steering wheel. A mighty Alpine stereo is ready for the tunes of your choice, which can be selected via Bluetooth compatibility. All of this excellence can be enjoyed with friends too, as the Divco now boasts two bucket seats up front with a comfy leather bench just behind. The dashboard and trim are 1956 Chevrolet components. And in case you find yourself getting warm, Vintage Air conditioning is ready to cool you down.
Tilt the hood forward and you will find a 6.0 litre LS engine that has been mildly upgraded. It inhales through a BBK intake manifold and Spectre Performance intake ram pipe, and exhales through headers, a 304 stainless steel full exhaust system and Magnaflow mufflers. Beautiful Billet Specialities valve covers and a Billet Specialties accessory drive finish up the engine bay. The engine starts and idles very nicely due to the magic of electronic fuel injection. Backing up the engine is a 4L65E electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission. To ensure that the operators of this fine machine do not break any milk bottles, the Divco rides on Heidts coilover suspension at all four corners with Wilwood disc brakes to slow things down. To gain the maximum benefit from the upgraded suspension, the frame of the truck has received boxing that has greatly improved its strength and rigidity.
Superb craftsmanship is displayed throughout the vehicle. Everything is tight and well-fitted. With less than 400 miles since its build it runs and drives well. It is far faster than stock, handles better, brakes better, and is built better. If you would like to add this unique example to your collection, do not delay.