The following is from the "Maybe We Can Help" section of the Veteran & Vintage Chevrolet Association of Australia (Qld) website. http://www.vvcaaqldinc.org.au/1.php
I am researching an unusual Chev I have recently encountered. At present I have no photos, just a description, although I have seen it, about 20 years ago. (later sent pics)
It's a 1927 Chevrolet chassis, with wooden spoked wheels. The bodywork incorporates a steel utility back, complete with rear tailgate, like an early GM Holden ute. I think the bodywork may have been done by Trevans in Lismore NSW. Trevans have been in business since 1905, principally as a Ford dealership. The vehicle is in original used condition, and has been stored under cover since the late 1970's when it was taken off the road because of a blown head gasket. When were the first factory utility's sold? Was the bodywork built by Chevrolet, or Holden, or were they "custom built" by companies like Trevans? How unusual is this vehicle? Any information will be most welcome?
The Club replied:
Dear Colin, Your enquiry re the 1927 Chevrolet utility has been passed on to me for reply. Original ute's were available from the early 1920's, built by large body works such as Holden Motor Body Builders in Adelaide and Miller's in Sydney as well as local body shops such as Trevans in Lismore. A Queensland body builder was Hope and I have seen ute's with the Hope body badge. A wide variety of styles was available to suit different purposes, including vans for butchers, bakers etc (not sure about candle stick makers).
Chevrolets sold in Australia normally had Australian-built bodies.
Certainly "factory" Chevrolet utilities were available in 1927, sold through General Motors Australia dealers, but were a minority compared with car sales so such vehicles are much rarer today. They are also generally much sought after by enthusiasts. However, these have timber trays not the metal body you refer to. I suggest that this would increase the liklihood that it was built by Millers or a local builder. Chances are that it would carry a body builder's plate somewhere on the vehicle, possibly in the cabin, on the door sills, or on the firewall, if you are able to get a good look at it.
Hope this helped - contact me if you get any more info.Cheers.
With the help of a Club Member , we later located these photographs of a specially-bodied Chevrolet utility - body builder's name-plate "John H Miller" on the door sill and at the rear of the vehicle below the drawers: