It took Chevrolet six years to decide that they were going to enter into the truck market in 1918. Since that date, they have never let up on producing trucks that are popular with both commercial enterprises and individuals. In honor of the truck, here is our pick of the top ten Chevy Trucks.
1920 490 Flat Face Cowl and Chassis
The first truck to bear the Chevy bowtie was nothing more than a 490 car chassis with a strong rear spring. It had no body, and the customer had the choice between a cargo box and a panel body. They added a wooden cab and the rear of their choice. These early trucks were priced under $600. You could buy a one-ton capacity truck for $1,125.
1925 Brazil Panel Truck
Chevrolet was quick to figure out that they could sell trucks anywhere in the world, and Denmark was the first of 18 international plants used to build and assemble a Chevrolet. The 1925 Panel Truck was assembled in Brazil, and it took advantage of an expanding economy. Even today, Brazil is second only to the United States in Chevrolet vehicle purchases.
1937 Half Ton
Rebounding from the Great Depression, Chevrolet introduced the half-ton pickup, which was the first to have its own chassis as opposed to a modified car chassis. In 1937, it was streamlined and given a 78-hp engine. It had a documented 20.7 MPG after it was monitored by the AAA in a 10,245 mile tour of the United States while carrying a cargo of 1,060 pounds.
1948 Half Ton
The end of World War II brought about changes in the truck design. They had big and comfortable cabs, and they were given a large windshield to view the world. Chevrolet sold more trucks than cars prior to World War II.
This massive truck had a half ton chassis and room for eight. It was equipped with four doors and was much larger than the largest station wagon. It was made to haul, tow and take the family anywhere they desired. It gave drivers and passengers a lot of room to travel. It has 75 years under its belt, and is the longest living nameplate in automotive history.
1955 Cameo Pickup
1955 saw Chevrolet add a V8 engine to its pickup line in the newly modernized Cameo pickup. Up until this time, all the trucks had were 6-cylinders. The Cameo was created to move the truck off the farm and into the driveways of suburbanites. It was billed as the “gentleman’s pickup”.
1959 El Camino
This truck-car combination was designed to take advantage of the hugely popular fins of the cars and the utilitarian features of a truck. It had the capacity of a half-ton, but it also offered a front seat from a passenger vehicle. It was out of production after three years, and then re-introduced in the 1960s. It was completely discontinued in 1987, but even today, Chevrolet is still asked to revitalize it.
These trucks stayed the same until 1972, but their biggest asset was that they could tow things, and Americans were beginning to warm up to the idea of seeing the U.S.A. in their Chevrolet. This was the introduction of the Federal Interstate Highway System, and everyone was on their way to camping, traveling, boating and other recreational activities. This truck had a new chassis with coil springs on the rear and front.
These trucks were the first of the truck line to bring the emphasis to comfort and luxury within the cab. It had a lot of definition. The 2001 version offered options between three quarter ton and one ton under the HD model.
This midsized pickup truck was introduced in Thailand first because they are the largest market of midsized truck buyers. After it launched there, it was brought to the rest of the world. It was developed in Brazil.
Chevrolet trucks continue to be a staple of both suburban homeowners, construction site managers, ranchers and anyone else who likes to have the ability to tow and go. With a variety of trucks to choose from, there is a Chevrolet truck for everyone.