Classic Trucks Draw Attention at Auctions


They don't draw the same big numbers as when a Duesenberg or Ferrari crosses the block, but classic pickup trucks are becoming increasingly popular with bidders at classic car auctions.

Part of the reason is their affordability. Another is that, just like brand-new trucks, they can carry a load or perhaps they're the salvaged parts needed for the restoration of another vehicle in a collection. Yet another is that classic pickups are, well, just too cool not to be part of any serious collection.

"It costs a lot less to restore a pickup truck," says Dave Kinney, a longtime vehicle appraiser and publisher of the Hagerty Price Guide, which tracks classic car (and truck) prices.

"Look at a 1956 Chevy Bel Air and a 1956 Chevy pickup truck," Kinney says. "The truck has a tenth of the chrome, only two doors and one seat, and a rubber mat on the floor."

Kinney also notes "what appraisers call 'value in use' that comes with a classic pickup. "You can take the trash to the dump in a classic pickup and you'd never do that in your '56 Chevy [car]."

Kinney offers yet another reason why pickups have become popular with collectors: Drive your classic Bentley to the hardware store and people will think you're putting on airs. But, Kinney says, "No one hates you when you drive an old pickup truck. You're not showing off, saying 'look at me, I have lots of money.'

"Nobody doesn't like an old pickup truck," he adds. "They make you smile."

Though their recent popularity and the degree of some restorations has caused prices to increase, Kinney says well-restored classic pickups typically are sold for between $25,000 and $45,000, and six-figure bids are extremely rare.

The classic-car-auction season starts each January, primarily in the Phoenix area, but also with some 3,000 vehicles offered at the Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee, Fla.

We've been scouring the catalogs for the upcoming auctions to come up with some examples of what will be available should you care to place a bid in Arizona at the Barrett-Jackson, Russo and Steele, Bonhams, Gooding, RM or Silver auctions or at Mecum's event in Florida.

1928 Ford Model A "AR" Type 76A (pictured above)
The R stands for Replaced and means this was an early production truck produced with parts replaced later in the model year. For example, early 1928 Ford cars had red steering wheels and a hand-brake lever on the driver's left. But the braking system was redesigned in March 1928 and the hand brake was moved as part of that process.

This particular "AR" is an open-cab pickup from the famed Oldenburg Family Collection and combines the sportiness of a roadster with the utility of a pickup truck. The engine is a 40-horsepower, 200-cubic-inch L-head inline-four that's linked to a three-speed manual gearbox. The color is Balsam Green over black fenders. Bonhams expects the truck to sell for as much as $30,000.


1931 Ford Model A pickup
Vehicles sold at classic-car auctions can be offered with or without reserve. A reserve is a minimum — and secret — plateau that the bidding must reach before the vehicle's owner agrees to allow its sale. Obviously, if you're the owner of a $100,000 vehicle, you want some assurance it won't be hammered off at, say, $62,500.

Among the vehicles being sold without reserve in Arizona is this 1931 Ford Model A pickup from the J.D. Parker Antique Auto Collection. Parker collected cars for more than 50 years, but he died in 2011 and many of the vehicles he collected are being made available.

Among them is this '31 Model A, which was restored seven years ago but almost immediately parked back in Parker's warehouse; the car has been driven only 64 miles since its restoration, Russo and Steele catalog reports. The restoration included rebuilding of the engine, brakes, tires, fuel system, exhaust, cooling system, wiring, interior, new wood in the bed (and elsewhere), new glass and window regulations, new vinyl top and re-chromed bumpers.


1937 Hudson Terraplane
Another pickup being sold without reserve is this 1937 Hudson Terraplane, which Russo and Steele's catalog reports may be one of fewer than 10 that survive from that model year.

Essex was a division of the Hudson car company. In 1932, Essex launched a new model, the Terraplane, available as a car or a pickup truck. The Terraplane was known for its powerful engine — it became a favorite with bootleggers. The pickup version featured a car-like interior, which was considered luxurious for the time.

Hudson dropped the Essex name in 1933 but continued to produce Terraplanes through the 1938 model year.

The Terraplane pickup being offered at Russo and Steele underwent a frame-off restoration in 2011 and features two rare factory options — a rear bumper and bumperettes. It also has a heater, tool boxes and side-mounted spare tire.


1937 Dodge
For the 1937 model year, Dodge updated the design of its half-ton pickup and also upgraded the dashboard with safety in mind: Flush-mounted controls and knobs reduced potential injuries in a crash. Also updated was the 218-cubic-inch L-head six-cylinder engine, which provided 75 horsepower through a "synchro silent" three-speed manual transmission and new four-point suspension.

This example will be offered at the Silver auction, and the auction houses notes its rarity because post-Depression production numbers were low to begin with and so many "were beat up on farms and dirt roads." Pre-auction estimate for this truck is $29,000 to $49,000.


1954 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 5-window short bed
While it may look stock, this '54 Chevy pickup has been customized with a 350-cubic-inch small block V-8 topped by an Edelbrock manifold and 600-cfm carburetor. Designed for daily driving, this truck also has an 8-inch Ford rear end, Mustang II front suspension with rack-and-pinion power steering, power brakes and other updates, including a stainless-steel gas tank. It will cross the block at the Silver Auction in Arizona.


1957 Dodge Sweptline
Sometimes pickups come with a bonus. For example, this 1957 Dodge Sweptline to be sold at Mecum's event in Florida has a 1959 Eagle Cushman motor scooter in its bed. One bid, two vehicles! Why? The owner of the truck's father was a Cushman dealer in the 1950s.

Speaking of the truck, it's a frame-off restoration in Pacific Blue and White with a 314.6-cid V-8 with push-button automatic transmission.

Sweptline, of course, was Dodge's answer to the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier and was created by grafting the rear fenders from Dodge's two-door station wagon to the sides of the pickup box.


1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache Fleetside Deluxe
Crossing the block at Bonhams sale is this 4x4 pickup, which is among those featured on the 2013 Hemmings Vintage Pickups calendar.

This Apache is, indeed, a classic, because it rides on a NAPCO 4x4 system. In 1942, the Northwestern Auto Parts Co. of Minneapolis began offering its "Powr-Pak" 4x4 conversion. The NAPCO system proved its capability on U.S. military trucks in World War II, and by 1956 GM offered the NAPCO setup as a regular production option. But 1959 was the last year for that arrangement; in 1960 GM started engineering its own 4x4 option.

Bonhams reports this '59 Chevy 3100 Fleetside Deluxe NAPCO truck has been restored to a level normally only seen on high-end passenger cars. It features Bombay Ivory and Frontier Beige paint and chromed bumpers, grille and hubcaps. It also has factory-optional two-speed windshield wipers and heavy-duty radiator.

The interior shows the correct woven-pattern cloth, AM radio, heater/defroster with all-wheel-drive operating instructions on the dashboard.

The truck won "Best Non-Passenger" vehicle honors at the 2011 Desert Classic Concours and is expected to sell for as much as $85,000 at the auction.


1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS
Not all the auction action is in Arizona. Mecum Auctions will parade some 3,000 classics across the block in Florida, including this 1970 El Camino SS, which is expected to fetch north of 100 grand.

Why? The '70 El Camino was a Chevelle from the bench seat forward, so it could be ordered with Chevy's big-block V-8. There's a 454-cubic-inch, 450-horsepower LS6 engine in this pickup, which was restored to factory specification by Jen-Jac Restorations of Savannah, Ga.

In addition to the big engine, the truck has a close-ratio Muncie M22 "Rock Crusher" four-speed gearbox and 4.10 Positraction rear end. It also has power steering and brakes, a cowl induction hood (with hood pins), five-spoke Super Sport wheels and Firestone Wide Oval tires.

The color is Tuxedo Black with a white SS stripe and black bench-seat interior.


2011 Toyota Tundra Clint Bowyer custom
A pickup doesn't have to be old to be classic and collectible. Consider this 2011 Toyota Tundra customized by NASCAR Spring Cup driver Clint Bowyer, who, according to the Barrett-Jackson auction catalog, was inspired by the weathered trucks he saw as a youngster growing up in Kansas.

Bowyer even had the Red House Custom Paints in Kansas create the truck's special weathered look by countless sessions of applying Sherwin-Williams Planet Color paint and then sanding for the right visual effect. Even the door jams and truck bed get the same attention to visual detail.

Period-correct body modifications and accessories include a custom vertical-bar grille atop white bumpers, wooden bed stakes, a wood bed floor and a decorative gas tank, Barrett-Jackson notes. There's also a custom louvered tailgate.

The truck rides on 20-inch Smoothies wheels with custom chrome center caps. The seats have Mexican blanket-style inserts.


1925 White Model 15-45 Yellowstone Park touring bus
OK, technically it's not a pickup truck, but Gooding & Company's docket includes a 1925 White Model 15-45 Yellowstone Park Touring Bus that's just too cool not to include in this roundup.

The vehicle is an icon of a bygone era when the national park offered tours in a fleet of 90-such open-air buses with four rows of seats. This example, which spent 14 years shuttling visitors to Yellowstone, has had the same owner since 1965 and was restored by the same people who had maintained it when it was in the Yellowstone fleet.

Expect to spend between $110,000 and $130,000, Gooding says, adding that since its restoration the bus has made several trips to national parks and to elevations to 11,500 feet.


Great pics of some cool trucks, except for that Toyota.

I'll take them all except the turdra

Speaking of Toyota:

I'm as big a Tundra fan as you'll find, and I think that "classic Tundra" is dumb.

First of all, Toyota's classic truck heritage is small, nimble pickups that consumers loved because they were cheap yet decent. Why not take a Tacoma and make it look like one of those classic pickups? That would be more historically honest.

Secondly, I don't see how making a new Tundra look like an old truck helps to grow the brand. Toyota should be trying to attract younger buyers, not trying to connect with older buyers who a) aren't necessarily classic truck fans and b) are probably going to buy the Tundra because of their loyalty to the brand, not because of this truck.

Finally, I think it's ugly.

SO, I don't get it...

That 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache Fleetside Deluxe
is one bad ass mo-fo ..... uh-oh.....square wheel wells. GM sucks again.

But seriously, these trucks are a labor of love. They turn my head every time! I saw the J.D. Parker Antique Auto Collection on Chasing Classic Cars. Truly an amazing opertunity for collectors. I'll be setting the DVR to record the auction on Velocity.

All of them beautiful trucks are American, except one and man is it ever ugly! why go through all that work, when all they would have had to do, was take any new tundra, and drive it around the salt belt of America for a few yrs, without washing it, and it would look just like the one in the picture, rusted and faded! all that is missing is Poppa&san junk collectors on the door.

"Toyota, the No. 3 automaker in the U.S. market".
Looks like Dodge is 4th place.

Am I the only one that thinks that Tundra is an IMPROVEMENT over it's showroom appearance?

That 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache Fleetside Deluxe
is one bad ass mo-fo ..... uh-oh.....square wheel wells.

@Stevador, Square wheelwells indeed look bad ass, with a tucked away frame, SFA up front and beefy tires. It looks like an offroad machine then. And that's the only time they look great like this. I agree, this 59 is a killer. GM's problem with square wheelwells isn't so much the square opening itself, it's the massive bulges they stamp into the sides. The 1990's trucks had square openings and they looked much better than the ones of today. The difference was, the sides weren't all bulged and punched out. GM needs to clean up the sides of their trucks something fierce. For a truck without a SFA and beefy tires which is what all GM trucks now are, I think round wheelwells look much better myself. Like that 54 Chevy.

That Toyota Tundra looks hideous.

What on earth is that Tundra doing here?

I'm not sure why the Tundra is on the list other than the fact that it is up for auction. That same paint scheme would be ugly on ANY truck.
I love the character of those old trucks.

Jef: I commend you on your finesse (adroit maneuvering). You should consider a career in politics. Your post just took both sides of the same argument.

Your laundry list of stipulations has nothing to do with the statement "square looks bad". As a hedrosexual male, I love roundness in all it's glory. I rejoice that I have a choice in the matter when buying a truck. Are you familar with the phrase "Variety is the spice of life"? Or "to each his own"?

I do think that you have made a major breakthrough here and need to admit to yourself that it is Chevy you dislike with a passion. Do this and you can move on with your life.

Be consistant and stick to your guns. Others may not like it but they will respect you for it.

The color combinations of the past were a lot more creative/bold than what trucks became. All Big 3 had two tone down the middle into the 90's. I don't know that I'd like it now but with retro cars being all the rage it makes ne wonder what their interpretation of "old time" two tone would be now.

I got a 2012 Laramie quad cab this fall and ordered a monotone model. The Ram two tone looks great but having monotone has become more unique on them since it became optional.

As far as square wheel wells, GM has been doing it for 40 years. Probably easier to get over it and move on.

And yes, the Tundra is the odd man out on this one lol.

@ John,

Chrysler Group has been number 4 for a few years in the U.S,nothing new there....Ever since Mercedes starting screwing with the pricing and lack models.Chrysler now is just starting to get more modles ,smaller cars ect..Chrysler was the most profitable auto maker in the 90's,and Chrysler should have bought Mercedes instead of a so-called merger that the new Chrysler bosses after Iacoca sold out and pocketed millions for themselves,only to screw over Chrysler !

In Canada,Chrysler group is a solid number 2 in has been for decades..And Chrysler sales are growing ,truck sales,car sales,suv sales,minivan sales..

Toyota has discounts for fleets here big time,they aggressively went for the fleet sales,taxi companies,securitycompanies buy them dirt cheap here...And here the immigrants buy Toyota's by the hand full..In some areas with alot of immigrants all you see are Toyota's...It is areal shame...I want my old Canada back !

Furthermore,that is why Toyota has its high sales,immigrants,as they dont care about reliability,because Toyota is the worst company by far,blowing up motors,rust,bad transmissions and random excelleration that is still a real serious issue.Immigrants dont care about reliability because ,in the countries they come from most die young,so they just dont think about 6 months or a year or 2 down the road as their homelands are so violent.That is the truth !

Toyota lol

Toyota Epic Fail !

What a waste of plastic,metal,paint,rubber,gas and oil !

@The Canadian, Toyota lol or is it Canadian Ram owner?

Toyota doesn't play the deep discount fleet game. The fleets you are refering to are Taxi fleets. Toyota hybrid sales accounts for 2/3 of the hybrid market. A huge 67% of the market. Hybrids are perfect for that application.

Immigrants often prefer Toyota and other "foreign" brands because in the countries they came from, those were the products that were plentiful. People like to stick to what is familiar.

I'm not sure where you get the "immigrants,as they dont care about reliability". Coming from a poor country or a 3rd world country, reliability is very important.

Go sell your racist views elsewhere.

Love the old american iron, strong and capable.
Why bash the Totota, some people want reliability. The Ram is a mexican truck. Rather have Japanese than Mexican when it comes to reliability and work ethics.

Does anybody else think Lou has a tiny schmeckle?

@Snowman, Toyota's new small car for U.S. made by Mazda in Mexico. Nov 9 2012.

Toyota reportedly is considering building a second plant in Mexico as the world's largest automaker shifts more production outside Japan to remain competitive. The relative strength of the Japanese yen on world markets is said to be prompting the move. Oct 18, 2010

The second generation Toyota Tacomas were assembled in Tijuana, Mexico. While the plastic/composite beds were all built in Mexico.

LMFAO! I guess that's why they are Reliable!

Toyota has factories in most parts of the world, manufacturing or assembling vehicles for local markets. Toyota has manufacturing or assembly plants in Japan, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Canada, Indonesia, Poland, South Africa, Turkey, Colombia, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Brazil, Portugal, and more recently, Argentina, Czech Republic, Mexico, Malaysia, Thailand, Pakistan, Egypt, China, Vietnam, Venezuela, the Philippines, and Russia.

Vehicle manufacturing isn't leading edge. The country of origin doesn't determine quality. The US on average doesn't produce the worst vehicles in the world, but it is far from the best.

Thailand produces vehicles of Japanese quality which is very near the quality from Germany and yet the average wage in Thailand is lower than that of China.

I have also read that the VW Amarok is the same as German quality and yet the vehicles are from Argentina.

I do understand the "support local jobs" approach, but you should also push your local manufacturers to produce better vehicles.

Quite a few who post regularly on PUTC think a person from a developing nation is lesser an individual. Why, when almost everyone in the US/Canada and even Australia are immigrants or desendents of immigrants. Our countries have been built by immigrants into the most wealthy countries the world has seen.

People with this attitude are very insecure and have very little faith in themselves or their country. You are very weak.

At the people who put down vehicles from other countries tell me why "American Iron" is better, other than supporting local jobs.

@ The Canadian
You are a fool.

People like you should be forced to work with NGO's in developing nations. You might learn something and be less inclined blaming others for your own shortcomings.

Give me a 33 34 Dodge truck with a Red Ram Hemi V8. Old AMERICAN iron will never die. Just become more expensive.

@Big AL,

My absolute favorite classic Truck. 46 Dodge Power Wagon 4x4

@Big Al,

Notice the Holden Ute?. That is right the 1954 Chevrolet pickup started life as a Holden Ute. He also built the Caravan Trailer it is towing.

"The unusual fibreglass caravan below is more modern than you might guess at first glance. It was homebuilt in 1990 and teams up nicely with a unique tow car which has the body of a Chev pickup on the chassis of a Holden one tonner."

Here is a Classic Pickup which member of the "Big 3" built it?

@Hemi V8
They are fantastic vehicles.

But look at the dates of the vehicles, that's back when the US lead the world in manufacturing.

The past is full of great innovations and ideas, but what about the future?

And please don't post a pile of crap Hemi, try and converse with intelligent input.

@Big Al, Try and converse with intelligent input. How many Hemi's have you owned?

@Robert Ryan, Studebaker.

@Hemi V8

@Hemi V8
Sorry, driven both 6's and 8's not owned.

@Big Al, I arrest my case. LOL. Carry on.

@Robert Ryan--I am going to guess Holden (GM) but it looks a lot like a Studebaker truck of the 50s. These old trucks are cool. Who knows maybe the 2014 Silverado might be a highly sought classic in the future.

@Hemi V8--Why should Big Al have to own a Hemi to know about them. Big Al has a back ground in engineering. What makes you the expert about vehicles? Show us your credentials. You post mostly meaningless blather and repeat advertising slogans for Ram. In your opinion every vehicle ever made is junk except Ram. Since I have not read any of your opinions any where else except on the comments section on pickup you lack any national credentials to give your opinions any weight. I have not read any of your reviews in Motor Trend or Car & Driver. Get a life!!

Jeff S. Here is your dream truck you moron. Or is it the Kia LMFAO.

Even though motor trend did name the 2013 Ram truck of the year with the V6. I don't need credentials. I have the best credentials. It's called real world experience. Your S-10 or mighty maxie pad would look real funny trying to pull my tow hauler. Clown. Get a truck and then get a life.

hemiv8: he said big 3, that is a GM product, yes JeffS. it must be some kind of Holden.

@Flambo - real work experience? You are a HVAC tec. That has nothing to do with vehicles. Big Al's posts are always intelligent. Yours on the other hand rarely have anything remotely resembling intelligence.

"Get a truck and then get a life."

That comment sums up your ideology rather nicely.
That sums up your personality rather nicely.

I'm reminded of a comment a felllow made when ridiculed for not following the Harley Davidson biker dress code - "I had a personality before I bought MY Harley!"

YOU, had NO personality before you bought your Ram.

We don't need a truck to feel good about ourselves.
We don't need to own the biggest or baddest to feel good about ourselves.
We don't need to troll other brands to feel good about ourselves.

We have personalities that are NOT tied to the brand in our driveway.

Sad little sheep herder.

I AM HEMI V8 and I got a truck because I have no life.

"Get a truck and then get a life."

That is your post.

That sums up who you are.

Sad little sheep herder.

HemiV8--You are the fanboy moron. I don't go around knocking everyone on this site and revert to name calling. I also don't make a fool of myself cutting and pasting Mopar articles and repeating advertising slogans. I guess you don't like Dodge trucks because if you knew anything you would know that the Mitsubishis Mighty Max and the Dodge D-50 were the same truck designed jointly between Chrysler and Mitsubishi. I have no problems with Ram trucks but I have a problem with idiots like you and I am not alone. As a matter of fact I like Ram trucks and find them very attractive and capable. I don't have to prove anything, but it is obvious that with your ranting's that you have an inferiority complex and feel a need to prove yourself. Go play in the sandbox with your Ram. Grow up and act like an adult.

@sandman--Yes it reminds me of the early 50 Chevy trucks as well. Those were great trucks along with the Fords, Dodges, and Internationals of the era. It is good to see some of these old trucks restored and that people appreciate them.

@JeffS. Lou, Who asked you two DIPS anything. Where I come from you crowd in the middle of two men having a conversation you get your teeth knocked out. DUMB AND DUMBER!!

@Hemi V8--You said it. You are indeed dumb and dumber and you need to grow up and get a life.

@Hemi V8--You were not having an intelligent discussion with Big Al, you were doing your usual put down and bashing. You want others to respect you but you lack respect for others. As for trucks I would still be the same person regardless if I owned a truck or not. My identity is not wrapped up in what I own, but in what type of person I am. If your whole identity is wrapped up in a Ram truck then you must live a very empty and unfulfilling life. You have my sympathy.

@Jeff S and @HEMI V8,
It is a BEDFORD Pickup, built by GM in England. Bedford was GM's most profitable entity outside North America, till they allowed it run into the ground.

They made MDT anf HDT trucks as well.
A Bedford MDT.

Bedford HDT in New Zealand

@Robert Ryan, interesting. Thank you for that. Sorry Robert those are some ugly trucks their bud. Here is a Dodge Big Horn

@Hemi V8, Dodge got out of the HDT business as their trucks were not competitive. GM managed to ruin a Profitable Truck Business outside NA which is a shame.. The "Big Horn" looks like a lot of US HDT's pretty non-descript.

I am sick of hemis ram propaganda, but also all the anti American bs from the predictable Aussies. Ryan, I drive a major highway to and from work and practically never see a cabover truck. Please stop trying to pawn those flat nose foreign trucks off over here, they are gonna take off about as fast as 'tray back', which would be flat bed here, pickup trucks. BTW they were popular here around the early 1900's. Cab overs were not as comfortable, hotter, smaller inside and the smaller engines were harder to work on. I'm pretty sure there is no major US manufacturer producing a cabover today. They are also not as safe for obvious reasons.

When I was a kid/teenager in Australia most of our trucks weren't cab overs.

We had Bedfords in both cab over and regular cabs. Most interstate trucks back then were of NA origin.

Since about 1980 forward control or cab overs have become popular, even with interstate trucks. This would tend to counter your argument about comfort.

But these are working trucks, your smaller trucks ie HD's are becoming more like huge SUV's. Given their size they aren't able to deliver very large loads.

Where I live most trucks are "US" road trains, we don't have many small trucks the size of your HD's. But Euro style prime movers are becoming popular.

The truth is US trucks are slowly becoming defunct outside of the NA market as they don't offer economy/technology given the size/capability of their vehicles. Euro/Japanese style trucks are becoming more popular even as prime movers.

These cab over trucks offer more than adequate power. I don't know the GVM or GCM for trucks in Australia that are required to be speed limited to 100kph, but fully loaded these trucks can sit on 100kph through mountains.

A recent article on PUTC about the Ford Transit is another inidcation the US is slowly heading in the direction as the rest of the world with transportation. I do realise some who read on this site can't or won't accept this fact and I can appreciate this.

We in Australia as has been pointed out went through what the US is going through 30 years ago and we had people like you who can't believe the world is changing and are trying to cling onto the past.

Don't worry your lifestyle will not change. A builder using a Transit or an HD doesn't matter or even if a person buys a mid size diesel instead of a Ram/F Series/Chev 1/2 ton.

The vehicle transition took us about 20 years you will not even realise it is happening.

Please remove the Ford's,and any other Ford products from this site,as Henry Ford gave money to Hitler and Ford was proudly Anti-Semitic..Another reason Ford sucks and the Eco-Boost can kiss my a$$ !! What a l;ousy engine,overheats,turbo's fail and headgaskets pop !! I am a mechanic and my brother in-law works at a stupid racist Ford Dealer.Even the cars with eco-turds are breaking,recalls ect..just like toyota Ford is junk !

@Robert Ryan--Thanks for the info. So Bedford doesn't exist anymore? The British auto industry use to be a thriving business and now their brands are either foreign owned or do not exist. Growing up I had a couple of Raleigh 3 speed Sportsman bicycles that were made in Nottingham, England. I believe a Japanese company now owns Raleigh. The same thing is happening to US industry and as Big Al has stated in order to compete in a global market the products need to be more global. This is more of an evolutionary process that will happen over several years. I do enjoy your postings of older trucks in Australia and I enjoy articles on the older US pickups.

For those hating on that Toyota Tundra, I'm not going to argue that it's hideous, but at the same time it is quite intriguing as it at least attempts to capitalize on what makes the classic American trucks so popular. After all, it's rare that you see a 50-year-old truck that doesn't have rust showing through its weathered lacquer paint, a white-painted bumper instead of chromed, and in many cases vertical bars in the grill rather than horizontal. This was a (famous) race car driver's attempt to make a modern truck take a 'classic' look. It's a Custom truck, not a Classic. As such, I see no reason why it can't be auctioned as a custom truck.

A later comment about the paint jobs on pickups, I certainly agree that some of the older trucks have much bolder and exciting paint jobs; they've been cycling between monochromatic and two-tone for pretty much their entire production span--unlike most sedans, coupes or wagons. Outside of the "Woody" look that came out in the '40s due to the war effort, you didn't see multi-toned cars until the mid- to late-'50s up to about the mid-'60s. Trucks on the other hand carried a Woody look almost from the beginning and often had very bright, eye-catching paint jobs; intentionally eye catching for advertising purposes. Who doesn't remember seeing pictures of green trucks with bright yellow trim or some other contrasting paint scheme especially on delivery trucks for furniture houses, butchers and other retail-oriented businesses?
However, in the '50s both cars and trucks became more than 'simply transportation' for many people--they became an expression of style and individuality. The two-tone paint jobs on these cars and trucks followed the pattern of the styled steel bodies rather than boring straight lines as evidenced by the '57 Dodge above. Some of this continued into the '60s, but the '59 Chevy Apache shows the direction trucks took very quickly and remained an option into the early '70s. From there two-tone paint in the form of broad stripes have cycled twice and is only now returning on some high-end truck models today from all three American brands as an option.
However, what I would like to see is paint jobs that give the truck more visual appeal--lines that extend the curve of the sheet metal even if the sheet metal itself flattens out. Extend the swell of the fenders to give a 30's look as it tapers down past the driver's door. Build a swooping arc of color that implies flying dust off the wheels on a dirt or gravel road. Heck, bring back the old Ford multi-colored Laser stripe from the '72/'73 Torino (and other models). Any of these could be easily done, albeit more expensive than simply dipping the sheet metal into a huge vat of paint.

@DWFields--My granddad had a 56 Dodge Cornett that was pink with the sides trimmed in grey and a white top. My grandmother picked the color which he did not like (he was more of a gray and blue fan). My aunt had a 56 Chrysler Windsor that was pink with white trimmed sides and a white top. She had a pick Frigidaire refrigerator. She had that pink Chrysler for 11 years and I think it had over 200k miles. My parents had a 57 Chrysler Windsor that was deep metallic blue with white trimmed sides and a white top. It was the first Chrysler to have dual headlights. It had push button drive and it had an alternator and torsion bars which at the time was a first from Chrysler. The 57 Chrysler was a lower slung car than a Ford or a Chevy at that time. I remember my mother really liked that car and loved the push button drive.

Now days you get about 5 or 6 color choices with either tan or grey interior and a choice of about 3 trim levels. I do understand this saves the manufacturers more money and reduces part inventory but the cars and trucks of today lack the charm and character of those of yesteryear. Yes today's vehicles run longer and are more reliable but they do not have the soul of those of the past.

Roughly 98% of MDT/HDT Trucks outside the US are Cabovers. Seeing that Europeans own the vast bulk of the US HDT and to a lesser extent MDT market, there will be a lot of pressure to get the US to take more Cabovers. it will be a drip feed introduction. The Van market in the US is going European.
We used to be 100% HDT Conventional trucks carrying a lot heavier payloads than you would see in the US, now it is 60/40 in the Conventionals favour. All MDT's and Light Trucks are Cabovers.

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