Sacramento Auto Museum Spotlights Pickup Trucks

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Anyone living in or traveling to the Central Valley of California in the next few months should plan to visit the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento. You'll want to see the dozen historically significant pickup trucks on display there.

Dressed up to do the things they're built to do, the pickups are part of a temporary exhibit called "The Pickup Truck: Where Utility Meets Everyday." The exhibit showcases some of the most important pickups built during the last century. It even includes an aluminum-body Ford F-150 to represent today's workhorse (some will argue whether this pickup will ever become a classic, but you never know).

"Where Utility Meets Everyday" includes period-correct displays of the activities for which these trucks may have been purchased, along with several interactive displays designed to get kids and adults contributing to the exhibit. Our favorites were the miniature toy truck display and the post-the-oddest-thing-you've-seen-in-a-pickup-bed board, where people can briefly tell their own stories about how creative pickup owners can be when it comes to cargo.

Our exhibit favorites include the first 1925 Dodge Screenside used by the California Department of Fish and Game to deliver trout to local streams, the 1937 Ford Deluxe and the 1960 Studebaker Champ. Museum staff work with local and national automobile clubs and collectors to track down the vehicles for their displays, but they also work with the big automakers. Toyota loaned the museum a pristine 1974 Toyota Hilux pulled from its own museum in Torrance, Calif.

 

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Another nice aspect of this exhibit is that curator Carly Starr wanted visitors to interact with the trucks, so folks are encouraged to take selfies and match animal payloads to specific pickups. Doing so reveals how these vehicles have reflected and influenced the world in which they were used.

If you decide to visit, here are the pickups you'll see:

  1. 1925 Dodge Screenside
  2. 1931 Ford Model A
  3. 1937 Ford Deluxe
  4. 1951 GMC 100
  5. 1956 Ford F-100 Stepside
  6. 1957 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier
  7. 1960 Studebaker Champ
  8. 1968 Chevrolet C10 Fleetside
  9. 1974 Toyota Hilux
  10. 1978 Dodge Lil' Red Express
  11. 2000 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
  12. 2016 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew

Beyond the pickup exhibit, you'll find many other interesting vehicles on display and for sale in the giant warehouse, from Jeeps to motorhomes and the background sets in which they were displayed.

"Where Utility Meets Everyday" runs through Sept. 11 at the California Automobile Museum, 2200 Front St., Sacramento. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for "classic" adults (65 and older) and "compact" students (5-18), and free for "subcompact" children (younger than 5.) For more information, call 916-442-6802 or visit www.calautomuseum.org.

Cars.com photos by Mark Williams

 

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Comments

Some of the old ones still has a soul.
New boxes, not at all.

Nice trucks! Where is my 1974 Datsun pickup? I paid $2,068 for it with the optional AM radio and steel bumper...

1973 Toyota pickup was truck of the year!


When trucks were built to be trucks. We didn't know how good we had it then.

A 2016 F150, already? Guess every one knows them suckers aint gonna last very long in truck life! Had to get a clean sample before it turn into white dust or the timing chains took out the ecoturd engine HAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!

johnny don't: They wanted a Chevy Silverado in there, but they could not find one that wasn't on the rack getting new front control arms. OUCH!

The '56 F100 is gorgeous.

Johnney, figured it wouldnt take long for you jealous types to bring up Ford f150 again, man get over it, they are number 1 and will be, your jealousy reeks.....

best truck ever made the 77 1/2 to 79 F350 4x4, D70 rear, D60 high pinion front, married tcase and NP-435 4-speed, indestructible, unfortunately the biggest weak spot was cab mounts that would rot out

15 hours since the embargo on the Ridgeline was lifted and... nothing- crickets. LAME!

Johnney, figured it wouldnt take long for you jealous types to bring up Ford f150 again, man get over it, they are number 1 and will be, your jealousy reeks.....

Posted by: Nitro | May 9, 2016 1:04:23 PM

You are confusing F150 with whole Fseries. Ford commercias works on you.

@RAM Not the whole F-Series they don't include F-650 and F-750

@Dave, they don't include the 550 either.

Ford says Fseries. Not F150.

As always, Ford took home the trophy. Ford has best looking, most dependable, fastest, strongest, best selling, safest, sexyiest truck on the planet. MILITARY GRADE!!! BUILT FORD TOUGH!!!!

As always, Ford took home the trophy. Ford has best looking, most dependable, fastest, strongest, best selling, safest, sexyiest truck on the planet. MILITARY GRADE!!! BUILT FORD TOUGH!!!!

Posted by: Natethegreat | May 9, 2016 10:03:18 PM

You forgot, "Longest Lasting truck on the road", oh wait, that's a GM.

@GMSRGREAT
And RAM in Canada.

Where's the real classic turbo v6 truck...........the GMC Syclone?

I don't know how many of those are factory colors but it seems like manufacturers don't offer very many color options these days, and the ones they do offer are boring and dull like a gloomy sky. Ram seems to be the exception but most of their options cost extra and you never see them on the road or on the lot anyway. What changed? Why do people mostly prefer white, gray, silver or black? It wasn't that long ago that you saw 1994-01 Rams and 2nd Gen Rangers with bright colors and they were well-received. Not just bright colors but cars and trucks used to be painted just like that Studebaker where automotive designers spent a long time considering each color that went along with the styling of the period. Maybe today's styling is indicative of gloom and impersonality, and people today are just grumpy.

Modern people are scared to show off because they are weak and insecure



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