Early Ford Model As and More
Move over classic cars, pickup trucks are the hot new item in collectible, vintage, and antique vehicles. Cars are great, but why not start collecting classic pickup trucks? Trucks can be turned into hot rods if that’s your preference. They also make great everyday cars and can hold more stuff than a car. At the next classic car show, you will be one of the few showing off a truck. Here are some of the more popular classic pickup trucks you might want to consider adding to your collection.
Early Ford Model As are always a good bet. If you can find one from the late 1920s or early ‘30s, you have a real classic. The Ford trucks from this era had, at the time, newly designed engines, transmissions, frames, and wheels. If you see one with the original parts, it is a real gem of a truck. Another favorite of the classic pickup trucks from Ford is the 1948 F-1. It was the first entry into the F-Series of trucks that have been so popular for Ford. Look for one with the original V8 or 6-cylinder engine.
Dodge pickups from the early 1930s are also a great find for classic pickup trucks. The 1933 Dodge truck was lightweight because it was produced on a car’s chassis, but also had heavy duty springs, tires, wheels, and axles. From the late ‘40s, a Studebaker pickup is another good option for your classic truck collection. They came with a wood-lined bed, a Champion engine, and a three-speed transmission.
When considering classic pickup trucks for your collection, don’t neglect the always-popular car/truck combination. The early Ford Rancheros are a great choice, although the Chevy El Camino is what most people think of when they see this kind of vehicle. The best El Caminos from a collectible standpoint are the first generation 1959 to 1960 models. Meant to compete with the Ranchero, the El Camino came out swinging, and actually beat Ford in sales. Today, these unique trucks are excellent as collectibles and classic pickup trucks.