Classic American Trucks

Book - 1996
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Random House, Inc.
The first American pickup truck was introduced in 1896, as part of the similarly great industrial revolution: The King High Wheeler built by a Chicago machinist. As they developed, the first major manufacturer, Ford, brought forth the Model C Delivery Van in 1905. It was not a runaway success. They produced 10. The 1914 Dodge was another matter. Sales: 30,000.

Here are glorious vehicles, purchased for a song or traded for a shotgun; lovingly restored for thousands of dollars; and proudly entered in contests and shows.

"Old pickup trucks don't merely recall a simpler America or a better America. They ARE America. Pickups reflect this country's essence in its purest and most concentrated form. An old truck is a novel by Faulkner, a drawing by Rockwell, a building by Wright. It is Spencer Tracy in Bad Day at Black Rock, Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath, Gary Cooper in High Noon.

These basic, rugged reliable vehicles have a remarkably widespread appeal. In researching this book we found old pickup trucks owned by farmers, lawyers, furniture makers, doctors, inn keepers, actors, plumbers and musicians. Some drive their trucks every day. Others have lovingly restored their pickups and drive them sparingly. But all the owners share the same singular experience: whenever they take their pickups out for a spin, people stop and tell them that this truck of theirs is the most beautiful thing they have ever laid eyes on." -- Harry Moses

Baker & Taylor
A richly photographed celebration of America's love affair with the pickup truck presents anecdotes about the men and women who share an interest in the vehicles and explores their diverse roles as a utilitarian form of transportation or as a cultural icon. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Down-home and dirty or dressed up and restored, the pickup is quintessentially American: informal, individualistic, busy, hardworking, and democratic; urban, suburban, or country; equally at home in New England and West Texas; something anyone can drive anywhere, in jeans or black tie, as a youngster of eighteen or eighty.
Here are the classics, from a time when the pickup was turned out in increasingly impressive numbers with equally impressive mechanics, when style grew from function - and when America was producing vehicles you could truly love.

& Taylor

Collects photographs and histories of classic pickup trucks built in the United States between 1913 to 1960

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1996
ISBN: 9780679449461
Branch Call Number: 629.2232 MOS
Characteristics: xvii, 147p. : col. ill. ; 27cm


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