Despite improving on previous models' performance and style ,the 1939 Studebaker L5 Coupe-Express met with disappointing sales, closing out Studebaker's ahead-of-its-time three-year experiment with the car-pickup concept.
Unlike Studebaker's 1937-1939 Coupe-Express models, which were car-pickup hybrids, the 1947 Studebaker M-5 Coupe Express descended from a line of true trucks. Despite its collectability, this model has its drawbacks.
The 1951 Studebaker 2R5 pickup was part of the Studebaker 2R series the company's first postwar truck design. Billed as "The '49er" the Studebaker 2R family arrived in early 1948 to replace the prewar M-series.
The 1941 Chevrolet Series AK pickup was a tough truck with a smooth look. At the time it was the broadest commercial lineup in Chevy history, comprising two engines, three transmissions, five axle ratios, and nine wheelbases. Read about the 1941 Chevrolet Series AK pickup.
The 1946 GMC CC-152 Pickup was a continuation of a prewar design that first appeared with the 1941 model. The basic cab and sheetmetal, including new front fenders with headlight pods, were shared with Chevrolet. Check out the 1946 GMC CC-152 Pickup.
The 1955-1957 Chevrolet light-duty trucks featured an all-new elegant body style and mechanical improvements like a small-block V-8. Here came the new Chevrolet looking like a baby Cadillac with a Ferrari grille. See pictures and read about this truck.
Like virtually the rest of American industry, International Harvester Company was in dire straits during the Great Depression of the early 1930s. Read about the company's coping strategy and its successful 1937 International C-1 Pickup truck.
Ford F-Series trucks were introduced in 1948 and have enjoyed half a century of popularity. Its long trip to the top of the sales charts can be traced to Ford's first new vehicles to come out after World War II. Read about the F-Series trucks.
The 1949-1956 Studebaker trucks, including the 2R and 3R series, were among the best the company made. One novel feature exploited by Studebaker's advertising was "lift the hood accessibility" to the engine. Read about 1949-1956 Studebaker trucks.
Cosmetically, GM's 1947 Advance-Design trucks looked unlike anything built to that time. "Round and juicy" is the way retired GM design vice president Charles M. Jordan describes them. Check out the stylish load-haulers in this article.
The 1957-1960 Fords offered innovations in its F-Series pickup trucks that had lasting impact. The bed stretched over the wheels, which created an eight percent increase in cargo space. Learn about 1957-1960 Ford F-Series.
The 1953-1956 Ford F-100 Pickup had a powerful engine and was ruggedly handsome. That might explain its success when new and also its almost cult-like following as a collector vehicle. Learn more about his collectible Ford truck.
The 1957-1960 Dodge Pickup with its numerous redesigns is representative of a significant styling interlude. Changes over the years included quad headlamps, reworked horizontal-bar grille and two-tone paint combinations. Read about this classic car.
The Courier and Louisville Line were Ford's new 1970-1979 trucks. The less strict government regulations helped the Ford trucks gain popularity during this decade. Learn more about Ford trucks in the 1970s and see truck photos.
The 1960s Ford trucks grew bigger and gained diesel engine options. Although it was a tumultuous time in our nation's history, Ford expanded their truck model offerings. Learn more about 1960-1969 Ford trucks and see truck photos.