From turn-of-the-century innovators to colorful 1960s classics, we’ve rounded up some of the most iconic rides from the golden age of American trucks! Check it out!
1915 International MWX
It’s no mistake that the earliest trucks resembled wagons; they originated as a speedier version of a horse-and-buggy for rural consumers. This high-wheeler (the rims measure 36″ tall) topped out at 20 mph, no care or feeding of horses required. Just 181 MWXs were made making this a rare ride.
1929 Ford Model A Roadster Truck
When the Model A debuted in 1927, it proved more user friendly than its Model T predecessor thanks to enhanced suspension and upgrades like exterior door handles. (Model T owners had to open doors by reaching inside the cabs.) Ford kept the price affordable at $395 through ingenious (and eco-friendly!) practices like reusing shipping crates in the truck beds.
1939 Chevrolet Half-Ton
This shiny model was hailed as the best-looking truck in Chevrolet history. (Check out those fenders!) It was also a workhorse that could haul a 1,060-pound load and get over 20 miles per gallon. As with all post-Great Depression pickups, seats got wider and cushier for a more car-like cab.
1941 Mack ED One-Ton
In 1938 Mack, along with fellow big rig makers like Federal, tried to get in on the pick up truck game. This model was the short-lived result. (When the U.S. entered World War II, the military became Mack’s sole client.) They produced just 2,686 Eds between 1938 and 1941- all sporting the famous bulldog hood ornament. Only 50 are known to exist today.
1948 Chevrolet Truck
This 1948 Chevy is pristine example of America’s best-selling truck from 1948 to 1955.
1955 International R120
Although the name has faded from memory, International, as well as other now defunct brands such as Studebaker and Diamond-T, were among some of the most successful pickup producers of the 20th century. At a time when a Ford hauler could cost upwards of $3,000 this one could be had for only $1,480- and that got you and all-the-rage two-tone paint job.
1963 Dodge D-100
Dodge- part of the U.S.’s “Big Three” truck brands with Ford and Chevy- billed the D-100 as “low-slung, so you can step in and out almost as easily as a car.” Big and boxy, it also had the best hauling capacity around. This example sports the original “Desert Turquoise” colour, indicative of a time when aqua defined the automotive industry.