Before World War II, REO was one of the best-known names in the commercial vehicle industry. This was due in large part to the 1915 introduction of the one-ton Speedwagon -- a name both memorable and apt.
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 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.
Ford Motor Company started out with a bang in the early 1900s, but it had a hard time popularizing its first trucks. When the market finally caught up though, there was no stopping them. Read this richly-detailed history of one of the greatest auto ideas of all time.
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.
Improved offerings and added options are Ford's focus this century. The Excursion, Super Duty truck, and F-250 were some of the new additions. Learn more about 2000-2007 Ford trucks and see truck photos at HowStuffWorks.
The 1980-1989 Ford Trucks were more focused on fuel efficiency. Ford changed the truck style and engines in the 1980s. The Ford F-Series pickup was also restyled for the new decade. See photos and learn more about 1980-1989 Ford trucks.