Curbside Classic Archive: Trucks, Pickups and Vans

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North American Truck Brands


International’s Emeryville Trucks:  IH Goes West Coast, Big Time  Paul N

The Rise And Fall Of The American COE Semi-Tractor   Ian A Williams

Vintage Car Carriers: When The Trucks (Mostly) Matched The Makers Of Cars Being Hauled   Paul N


1957 Brockway 260: The Big Nor’easter   JP Cavanaugh



1999 Cadillac Escalade: Expansion Team  Jon Stephenson

2004 Cadillac Escalade : Assault With A Gilded Ladder  Jon Stephenson

Chevrolet Trucks

1941 Chevrolet COE: Streamlining Arrives Down On The Farm   Paul N

1946 Chevrolet Pickup: The Oldest Working Daily Driver Truck?   Paul N

1949 Chevrolet Loadmaster Tow Truck: My Bias Is Showing, And Feel Free To Say So   Paul N

1951 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup: America’s (And My) Favorite Truck – GM’s Greatest Hit No. 4   Paul N

1959 Chevrolet Apache 32 (& 1953 Budger Trailer): If This Trailer Is A Rockin’… Don’t Come A Knockin’!   Paul N

1960-66 Chevrolet Pick-up Trucks: The First Modern Pick-up (History)   VinceC

1962 Chevrolet C80 Dump Truck: Part 3 Of GM’s Independent Front Suspension Saga   Paul N

1965 C60 Truck: Maybe Independent Front Suspension Wasn’t Such a Hot Idea After All   Paul N

1966 Chevrolet Suburban: Finding The “Sport” In SUV   Paul N

1968 Chevrolet Chevy Van 90:  Just The Thing For A Snowy Day  Paul N

1969 Chevrolet C20 Custom Camper: A Novel Way To Do The U.S.A.   Jason Shafer

1969 Chevrolet Sportvan 108: The Mystery Of The Red, White And Blue Bowtie   Mike Butts

1970 Chevrolet C10:  Fifty-One Years of Service? No Sweat  Jason Safer

1970 Chevrolet Suburban: Third Door On The Right   Paul N

1971 Chevrolet C10: Still Playing It Cool   Perry Shoar

1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer: It Redefined The SUV Genre   Paul N

1972 Chevrolet C10: The Justified And Ancient Highwayman   Jason Shafer

1972 Chevrolet C30 Longhorn Custom Camper: Very Aptly Named Indeed   Paul N

1977 Chevrolet C10: GM’s Deadly Sin #33 – Where’s The Damn Extended Cab?   Paul N

1978 Chevrolet Scottsdale: Iris And Albert Go Fishing   Jason Shafer

1979 Chevrolet LUV 4×4 (Isuzu Faster): Tough Love   Paul N

1980 Chevrolet K5 Blazer Silverado: The Charlton Heston Of Chevy Trucks   Stainsey Stainselstein

1983 Chevrolet C10 Stepside Scottsdale: I’m Ready To Be Its “Driver”   Yohai71

1985 Chevrolet El Camino Conquista:  Deez Nutz  Tatra87

1987 Chevrolet Suburban 4×4: America Falls In Love With the Big SUV – Me Too?   Paul N

1990 Chevrolet 454 SS: Overkill Is A Relative Term   Jason Shafer


 1985 Cushman Truckster Ice Cream Truck   Paul N

Diamond T

1953 Diamond T Model 323: A Rare Diamond In The Rough   Paul N

Dodge Trucks

1940 Dodge Diesel – The First Dodge Diesel Engine Was The Only One Designed And Built By Chrysler  Paul N

1941 Dodge WM300 Power Wagon: Immortality Attained   Paul N

1952 Dodge B Series Panel Truck: Work In A Pilot House   Lee Wilcox

1954 Dodge V8 Job-Rated Truck: That Thing Got A Hemi?   Paul N

1964 Dodge D200: The Big Three’s First Crew Cab  Dave Skinner

1964 Dodge W300 Diesel 4×4 Power Wagon Crew Cab Pickup:  The First American Diesel Pickup And The Granddaddy Of The Whole Genre  Paul N

1965 Dodge D200 Crew Cab: A Big, Basic Bruiser Of A Truck With A Slant Six   David Saunders

1966 Dodge D100: New Old Stock?   JP Cavanaugh

1967 Dodge A-100 Van: What Are You Doing Here, Eugene   JP Cavanaugh

1967 Dodge A-108 Van: Still On The Job At Age 51   Paul N

1967 Dodge D-200 Camper Special: We’re Number Three So We Try Harder, Dude!   Paul N

1967-71 Dodge Pickup Truck Vinyl Roofs and the Dude Option

1969 Dodge W200 Power Wagon: Powerfully Good Pea Soup   Paul N

1970 Dodge A-108 Corey Cruiser High-Roof Van: Want To Buy It And Save It?   Paul N

1971 Dodge D100: The Overlooked Option Jason Shafer

1971 Dodge Maxiwagon (& 1979 Maxivan): Dodge Pioneers The Really Big Van   Paul N

1974 Dodge Club Cab Pickup: Another Dodge First, Not That It Helped All That Much   Mr. Tactful

1975 Dodge Power Wagon: A (Sort-Of) Civilized Outdoorsman   JP Cavanaugh

1975 Dodge Ramcharger: Dodge Charges Ahead Of Ford For A Change   Paul N

1976 Dodge D-100 Tradesman: Dreamboat Annie Joined The Convoy   Jason Shafer

1976(ish) Dodge Tradesman:  All Bound For Mu Mu Land  Daniel Stern

1977 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van: Peak Dodge Van   Paul N

1978 Dodge Diesel Pickup (History)   Paul N

1978 Dodge Trans Van: 440 Powered?   Paul N

1979 Dodge B100 Van: Is It The Real Thing?   Tom Klockau

1980 Plymouth Arrow: The Only Postwar RWD Plymouth Pickup   Paul N

1986 Dodge Ram: Not Exactly The Cobra In the Barn…   Jim Klein

1987 Dodge Ram 250: The Best $400 I Ever Spent   Jason Shafer

1988 Dodge Dakota: Not Too Big, Not Too Small   JP Cavanaugh

1989 Dodge Dakota Sport Convertible: All Trends Have Their Limits  Eric703

1989 Dodge Ramcharger LE: Mopar Joins The 4×4 Craze   Tom Klockau

1990 Dodge Dakota Li’l Red Express   David Saunders

1990 Dodge Ram Radio Flyer: The Big Red Wagon   JP Cavanaugh

1992 Dodge Ram 250 Cummins: Direct Injected Life Support   Paul N

1994 Dodge Ram 2500: Despite His Protests, Ruby Took Her Love To Town Anyway   Jason Shafer

1994 Dodge Ram Van 150: Ram With A View   JP Cavanaugh

1999 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT Laramie: Not Taking A Brake After 20 Years (& Driving Impression)   Jason Shafer

2012 Ram 3500 Big Horn: Sergio Paraphrased Sir Mix-A-Lot When He Said “I Like Pick Ups And I Cannot Lie”   Jason Shafer


Fabco Automotive, 1918-2017: A San Francisco Bay Area Automotive Legend   Jerome Solberg



1952 Fageol Super Freighter: The Definitive ’50s Moving Van   Jim Brophy

Ford Trucks

1928(?) Ford Model A Pickup: Reg. U.S. Patina Off  Daniel Stern

1930 Ford Model A Pickup: The Modern Pickup Is Born?   JP Cavanaugh

1952 Ford F-1 Pickup: The Owner’s First Vehicle   Paul N

1956 Ford F-350: Still Hard At Work Six Days A Week   Paul N

1956 Ford F-600: Every Neighborhood Should Have A CC Community Truck   Paul N

1957-90 Ford C-Series: Almost Immortal   Ian A Williams

1960 Ford F-250 Styleside: The Tonka Truck Truck   Paul N

1961 Ford F-350: The Y-Chromosome Butch Brother   Paul N

1961-67 Ford Econoline: The Leader Of The Pack   Paul N

1962 Ford F-100 Styleside: That Most Feminine Truck   Paul N

1963 Ford Econoline Pickup: Keep The Sand Bags Handy   Paul N

1963 Ford F-100: Ford Pulls A Studebaker   Paul N

1963-65 Ford N-Series Super Duty   Mike Burns

1964 Ford F-100: Setting The Pace For 30 Years   Jim Grey

1964 Ford F-600 Dump Truck: Still Hard At Work   Paul N

1965 Ford F-250 Ranger Short Bed: Too Good To Be True   Paul N

1965 Ford F-350 Pickup: Top Dog   Paul N

1966 Ford F-250 Custom Cab: Half A Century and Counting   Robert Kim

1968 Ford F-100 Pickup: A Truck You’d Be Proud To Own   Dave Skinner

1969 Ford Bronco: The Mustang’s Bucking Sidekick   Paul N

1969 Ford Econoline: Ford Builds A Better Box   JP Cavanaugh

1969 Ford F-100 Ranger: Faded But Still Glorious   Jim Grey

1970 Ford F-100: The Driving Force Of An Addiction   Jason Shafer

1971 Ford Econoline 200:  Keep On Keeping On  Jason Shafer

1973 Ford F-100 Ranger XLT: Slow And Steady Wins The Race   JP Cavanaugh

1973 Ford F-350 Super Camper Special: Ford Goes Camping In A Superlative Way   Paul N

1976 Ford Courier: The Second Toughest Old Mini-Pickup?   Paul N

1978 Ford Bronco: Free Wheelin’!   JP Cavanaugh

1978 Ford Bronco: The Bucking Bronco Grows Up   Paul N

1978 Ford F-250 SuperCab: A Superior Cab Leads To Everlasting Supremacy   Paul N

1979 Ford F-250 Explorer: At Its Age, Good To Be Anywhere   Jim Grey

1979 Ford Indianapolis Speedway Official Truck Package (History)   VinceC

1989 Ford Club Wagon: In Life, Hope Springs Eternal   Jason Shafer

1990 Ford E-350 by Cabriolet: Purpose-Built Fifth Wheel Trailer Hauler   Jason Shafer

1992 Ford F-150: My Road Trip With Grandpa Albert   Jason Shafer

1995 Ford Club Wagon Chateau: Welcome To The Club   JP Cavanaugh

2000 Ford Excursion:  Big America, This SUV Was Made For You And Me  Jon Stephenson


1973 Freightliner Powerliner: Its Massive 1150 Cubic Inch Cummins KTA Made It The First 600 HP Diesel Highway Truck  Paul N

GMC Trucks

1944 GMC CCKW 6×6: We Take The Famous WW2 “Deuce and a Half” Jimmy Out For A High-Speed Run   Paul N

1950 GMC With Giant 275 HP 6-110 Detroit Diesel: First High Power Diesel Truck, But With A Fatal Flaw  Paul N

1955 GMC Series 100 Pickup: How To Tell It’s Not a 1956   Paul N

1956 GMC Pickup: Don’t Judge A Pickup By Its Grille   Paul N

1958 GMC Panel Trucks (Canada):  Wait, What’s That Yellow One?  Paul N

1959-61 GMC DLR8000 “Crackerbox”: GM’s Deadly Sin #32 – Turns Out the Most Advanced Semi Truck In the World Wasn’t What Truckers Really Wanted   Paul N

1960 – 68 GMC 60 Degree V6 Ads:  An Almost Forgotten Entry From GM’s Most Creative Period  Aaron65

1963 GMC Pickup: The Very Model Of A Modern V6 Truck Engine   Paul N

1964 GMC 3/4 ton 4×4 V6 Pickup: All The Right Numbers   Paul N

1977 GMC Sprint: Badge Engineered El Camino  Dave Skinner

1991 GMC Syclone: GM Blazes A Trail And Abandons It   Robert Kim

2000 GMC Yukon Denali: Denali All Things  Jon Stephenson


1983 Grumman KubVan: Tiny, FWD, VW Diesel Powered, And Very Rare   Paul N


1937 International Demi-Semi-Tractor: Loggers Need Them Some Entertainment Too   Paul N

1958 International Metro: The Original And Greatest Step Van   Paul N

1963-69 International CO Loadstar: The Only Truck Cab To Get Widened Twice?   Paul N

1963 International Scout 80: The Advance (SUV) Scout   Paul N

1964 International Travelette: The Proto Double Cab Pickup   Paul N

1965 International Travelall: The Suburban Of Its Day   Paul N

1966 International R190 AWD Truck: My (Enduring) Lust Object   Paul N

1968 International Loadstar Bookmobile (& Trucks): Is There A Book On IH History Aboard?   Paul N

1976 International Scout Terra: The Hometown Truck   JP Cavanaugh

1982 International COF 5370 Aircraft Fueler   Ed Hodges

Jeep Trucks

1951 Willys Truck: The Antidote To Modern Life   Paul N

1961-65 Jeep FJ-3 Fleetvan: Delivered To Your Door   Paul N

1965 Jeep Gladiator J2000: Holy Toledo!   JP Cavanaugh

1965 Jeep Gladiator J3000: The Truck of the Future   Paul N

1968 Jeep Wagoneer:   The Most Influential Vehicle Of The Post War Era – Not Just A Passing Fad  Paul N

1985 Jeep Scrambler (CJ-8): A Pickup In Disguise   Eric703

1986-92 Jeep Comanche: It Coulda Been A Contender   Jeff Nelson

1988 Jeep Comanche: The Case Of The Missing Extended Cab   Paul N


1933 Kenworth Cummins Diesel:  The First American Production Diesel Truck And With The First Vertical Exhaust Stack Paul N

1951 Kenworth With 600 HP 2181 Cubic Inch Hall-Scott V12:  The World’s Most Powerful Factory Road Truck Of Its Time  Paul N


1999 Lincoln Navigator:  Give Them What They Want, Pt.1  Jon Stephenson


1965 Mack Superpumper: Big Water From The Napier Deltic Diesel   Jon7190

Golden Era Mack R Series: Live From New York Eric Niedermeyer

Mack DM-Series 4×4: The Really Tough Mack   Paul N

Mack LT:  Mack’s Big And Burly West Coast Truck  Paul N

Mack N-61 Thermodyne Diesel:  It Only Looks Like A Ford C-Series  Paul N

Mack R-Series Trucks: Rock Solid Since 1966   Paul N

1970 Mack CF-608 Pumper Firetruck: Manning Up?   JP Cavanaugh

Mercury (Canada)

Mercury Trucks: We Do Things A Bit Differently Up Here   David Saunders

1964 Mercury M-100, Mostly: Heavens to Mercuroid!  Daniel Stern


Olson Kurb Side Van: The Official CC Van   Paul N


Peterbilt 451, Cab Over Engine and Sleeper Over Cab Dman

1939 Peterbilt:  The First Peterbilt And How It Came To Be – It Didn’t Yet Have The Traditional Peterbilt Grille  Paul N

1988 Peterbilt 320: Curbside Pickup Classic   Ian A Williams


1949 REO Speedwagon Pickup: The Hunting Trophy   Paul N

1952 REO F-22 Dump Truck: I Can Dig It   Paul N

1963 REO M35 6×6 Dump Truck: Civilian Job After The Military (Netherlands)   Johannes Dutch


2004 Sterling Condor: A Truck Of A Different Stripe   Jason Shafer

Studebaker Trucks

1946 Studebaker M16: The Civilian Brother To The Legendary WW2 US6 6×6   Jason Shafer

1949 Studebaker 2R-5: Two All-New Trucks In One (Studebaker’s First And Last)   JP Cavanaugh

1957-58 Studebaker Transtar 1 Ton 9′ Bed Pickup: Tough Right To The Bitter End   Paul N

1958 Argentine Export Packard Pickup Truck:  The Last Packard Badged Vehicle?  Tom Halter

1959 Studebaker 3/4 Ton Pickup: A Hoosier In King Twain’s Court   Jason Shafer

1960 Studebaker Champ Pickup: Just Needs Some Fresh Horsepower   Paul N

1962 Studebaker M35 6×6 Truck: A Veteran For Veterans Day   Paul N

1963 Studebaker Champ Long Bed Pickup: I’m a Chump for This Champ   Paul N

1963 Studebaker Zip Van: Studebaker Goes Postal   JP Cavanaugh


1973 Terex Titan 33-19: The World’s Biggest Truck   David Saunders

Walter Trucks

Walter Trucks: Ultimate “Snow Fighters” With A Unique 4WD System Using DeDion Axles  Paul N


European Truck Brands


A Louisvillian Goes To Amsterdam: The Story Of The Mighty Ford Transcontinental   Johannes Dutch

British Steam Lorries: Puffing Away On British Roads Into The 1960s   Paul N

Compact European Panel Vans: Their Evolution In The Past 25 Years   Johannes Dutch

Tempo – From Motorized Wheelbarrow To World Speed Record Holder To Immortality In India   Paul N

The Reason Why European Long Distance Trucks Are So Tall   Johannes Dutch


1956 Bedford RLHZ Self Propelled Pump: The Green Goddess Will Save Us From Armageddon   Roger Carr

1967 Bedford SB Mobile Cinema: From The White Heat Of Technology   Roger Carr

1977 Bedford CF Cab Chassis: Trying To Keep Up With The Transit   JohnH875


Citroën H Van: The French Tin Goose   Paul N

1974 Citroën HY Van: Corrugated Irony   Tatra87

1976 Citroën HY (& 1972 Renault Estafette):  A Couple Of Your Best Van De Table, See-voo-play   Tatra87



DAF Museum Eindhoven Part 1: The Trucks     Part 2: The Military Vehicles   Johannes Dutch

1967 DAF AZ 1900 DS-420 6×6 Dump Truck: Rugged Soft Soil Roader   Johannes Dutch


1980 Ford Transcontinental 4435 6×2 Tractor: Full-Size Ford For The European Market   Johannes Dutch


1971 & 1975 Magirus-Deutz Eckhauber 6×6: Square Lined And Air Cooled   Johannes Dutch

Magirus-Deutz Eckhauber: The Air Cooled Mercedes L-Series Competitor   Johannes Dutch


The MAN 18.3 Liter V10: The Last On-Highway Turbodiesel Behemoth In Europe  Johannes Dutch


1923 Benz:  The World’s First Production Diesel Truck  Paul N

1959-95 Mercedes-Benz L Series   Robert Kim

1963 Mercedes-Benz LAF 322: Heavy-Duty 4×4 Motorhome   Johannes Dutch

1975 Mercedes-Benz L 306 D “Harburger Transporter”: The Matador’s Final Avatar   Tatra87

Mercedes-Benz 207D (T1) And Other Vintage Mercedes-Benz Vans   Paul N

1992 Mercedes-Benz MB 100 D: Grandson Of The DKW Schnellaster   Peter N

1995-2004 Mercedes-Benz MB100/MB140: Kim Chi Sauerkraut   William Stopford


1965-68 Renault Estafette 1000: Could Even Its Mother Love That Face?   Jim Klein

1972 Renault Estafette (& 1976 Citroën HY):  A Couple Of Your Best Van De Table, See-voo-play   Tatra87

1980 Renault Master: It Does What It Says On The Tin (Box)   Roger Carr

Other European Trucks

Dennis F2 Water Tender: Still Or Sparkling?   Tatra87

1950 Lancia Esatau 864: Una Bella Sorpresa   Johannes Dutch

Morris J Van: A Long Way From Stock   JohnH875

1972 Pinzgauer 710M: Urban Assault Vehicle   GGH06

Steyr 380: Austria’s Favorite Truck   Paul N

1964 Scania-Vabis LBS 76 Super:  Friendly-Faced Toughness  Johannes Dutch

2007 Scania R500 Topline 6×2 Tractor (& 2015 GS Meppel Semi-Trailer)   Johannes Dutch

1964 Volvo L495 Titan 4×2 Flatbed: The Traditional Conventional   Johannes Dutch

Soviet and Eastern European Trucks

Avia 20F & Raf 2203 Vans: Still Hard At Work In Russia   Stanislav Alexeyev

GAZ-66   Robert Kim

MAZ-79092: I’m A Rocket Maz   Robert Kim

Steagul Rosu 131/132: The Ford Y-Block V8 Goes To Work Behind The Iron Curtain   MNC


Asian Truck Brands

Daihatsu Trucks

1967 Daihatsu Compagno Pickup: The Peugeot 404’s Cute Oriental Cousin   Tatra87


Isuzu Trucks

1988 Isuzu Pickup: No Soup For You!   Perry Shoar

1999 Isuzu Hombre: When Is An S-10 Not An S-10?   JP Cavanaugh

Mazda Trucks

1966-76 Mazda F800/F1000 Van: Expresso Bongo   Don Andreina

1973-75 Mazda F1000 (Bongo): Tin Toy Delights  Rich Baron

1975 Mazda B1800: Time Warp   David Saunders

1975 Mazda Rotary Pickup: One Of A Kind   Paul N

1982 Mazda Porter Cab: Back When Kei Trucks Looked Cool   Tatra87

Mitsubishi Trucks

1985 Mitsubishi Mighty Max Sport: Unpopular In The Heartland   Jim Grey

Nissan/Datsun Trucks

1959 Datsun 1000 (211) Pickup: The First Step In The Long March   Tatra87

1961-63 Datsun Pickup (320) – “Victory Won’t Be Taken Away…”  Rich Baron

1972-79 Datsun 620 Long Bed: The Long, The Short And The Ugly   Don Andreina

1975 Mazda B1800 Pickup:  Time Warp  David Saunders

1977 Datsun King Cab Pickup (620): Yes We Have Long Legs In America   Paul N

1991 Nissan Sunny B122 Pickup: Keep Those Flares, They’ll Come Back In Style   Tatra87

2017 Nissan Titan: The XD’s Little Brother Comes To Town (Driving Impression)   Jim Klein

2017 Nissan Titan XD: The 5/8 Ton Pickup (Rental Review)   VinceC

Toyota Trucks

1960 Toyota ToyoAce PK20: Surviving 57 Years On Just One Litre   Tatra87

1965 Toyota FJ Land Cruiser: The First Toyota Sent Out To Conquer The World   Paul N

1970 Toyota Hilux Pickup: I Snag My First Gen1 Hilux   Paul N

1971 Toyota Hilux: Building Block   Dave Skinner

1982 Toyota Diesel Pickup   David Saunders

1982 Toyota Truck: When Compact Pickups Roamed The Land   Tom Klockau

1984 Toyota 4Runner: Beginning Of A Long Line; End Of The Solid Front Axle   Paul N

1986 Toyota Turbo Pickup: Get Tough, Get Turbo   Ben Dinger

1993 Toyota T100: The Only Truck I Would Consider To Replace My ’66 F-100   Paul N

1997 Toyota T100: Small Can Be A Big Problem   Brendan Saur

2017 Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2.4 D-4D 4WD Professional: The 8th Generation Of The Unstoppable   Johannes Dutch


Other Vehicles

BARC 3-X Amphibious Cargo Vehicle   Robert Kim

Eisenhauer “Twin Engine” Freighter: Twin Strikeout   Jim Brophy

Freightliner Power Dolly:  A Helper Engine On A Second Semi Trailer  Paul N

1959 LARC LX: Our Biggest Curbside Classic (So Far)   Jim Klein

The Wienermobile   Robert Kim