Old trucks

Many of us are caught up in a modern world that is often defined by concepts such as mass production and rather generic-looking vehicles. Still, a growing number of individuals from all walks of life are now appreciating the beauty of old trucks made during a time when personality still counted for something. Whether referring to a truck intended to be used on a farm or a vehicle designed around the needs of the suburban consumer, there is no doubt that classic trucks have carved a unique place within the history of transportation. Let's go ahead and take a look at what makes these unit so special and examine a few important details.

The Features and Purposes of Older Trucks

Unlike many modern vehicles, older trucks tended to be defined by a “what you see is what you get” appearance. In other words, they weren't manufactured for comfort as much as they were intended to meet the needs of the owner. Most included standard features such as four-wheel drive and from the 1930s onward, they were characterized by flowing curves alongside large front grills, vent windows, bench seats and even full spare tires (as opposed to the “donut” tires of today on many models). So, classic trucks were certainly able to handle the toughest of conditions.

The Price Range of Classic Trucks

Much like with any classic vehicle, the price of older trucks begins to rise as we go back in time beginning in the 1970s. Trucks from the 1960s, 1950s and 1940s are said to represent the “golden age” of vehicles so a truck in good condition can fetch well over $20,000 dollars. This is particularly the case if mostly original parts are still present such as headlights, rims, windows and interior gauges.

Another consideration is the mileage on these trucks. For example, a 1973 Ford F100 with 70,000 miles could reasonably sell for $15,000 dollars or more. If we double this mileage, the price will tend to fall as well. It is quite rare for a truck dating prior to the 1960 to have less than 50,000 miles on its engine, we we can appreciate why some models have sold for more than $50,000 dollars on the open market.

A final option has more to do with Americana. Iconic models such as the 1953 Ford F100 pick-up are considered to define the United States during this time. So, historical value plays a very important role. For models in very good to excellent condition, it is not unheard of to pay well over $75,000 dollars.

The Types Available on the Market

Since Henry Ford rolled out his Model T with the first “pick-up body” (as he put it) in 1928, the variety of these classics expanded dramatically. However, it was not until 1946 that the traditional 4x4 was introduced. All models before this time only had two-wheel drive.

Flat-nosed pick-ups are another variety seen during the 1950s and 1960s; often used in environments where turning space was limited. It was around this same time when the cargo bed as we know it finally came into fashion. Dodge, Ford and even the Japanese company Datsun capitalized on this new feature immensely and so, the modern pick-up truck was born.

Some cargo areas can be enclosed such as seen in some models of the Ford Bronco. This was and is still intended to protect objects in the back while providing the truck with a more streamlined appearance. As the years go by, some are now even beginning to consider trucks produced during the 1980s to be “classics” in their own respect.

Discovering the Best Deals

Finding the best deals on classic trucks can be accomplished much in the same way as you would search for an older car. Be sure to check out sites such as www.classiccars.com and www.fossilcars.com. These will normally have a number of worthwhile deals to check out and if you are lucky, you could even secure a vehicle at a substantially discounted price. Also, most states hold classic truck shows and auctions every year. Take a look at your local Chamber of Commerce or through online listings to see when the next one may be rolling into town.