Unknown History Of Pickup Trucks

Not everyone knows about the development process of the pickup trucks history such as Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50…

Pickup trucks just became well known in Vietnam for about five years ago through low registration fee(only 2%), while they favor and famous in the world decades before. In the US, pickup trucks have always been the top-selling segment; Ford F-150.t is the most successful example.

Back in time, the first pickup trucks assembly-line production were born in America about 90 years ago. Henry Ford-the father of Ford invented the first pickup truck: Model T Roadster in 1925. The car created when Henry Ford realized the high chance with farmers – who demand an inexpensive car with a big workload.


And the legendary Model T was transformed with a cargo box on the back. Henry himself also owned one a 1912 Model T with a cargo box on the back.

The second generation of Model T was born three years later with more powerful engine and bigger cargo box. And quickly Ford sold 135.000 Model T pickup trucks and opened up a new segment in the automobile market.


The competitor immediately jumped in this market and in 1946 the Dodge launched the first vehicle using the four-wheel-drive system named Power Wagon.

With the four-wheel-drive system, pickup truck has become an adequate equipment for the military and civilian with the capable of carrying 1 ton of good.


This model maintained in production line until 1968 without any major updates. After the successful of Power Wagon, from the late 1950s, Majority of American automakers were equipped four-wheel-drive system on their pickup truck models.

Along with the growth of the market, pickup trucks increasingly improved for more convenient and also more options. In the 1960s, American customers can choose from many different kinds of pickup truck brands. In 1952, Volkswagen also jumped into this market when introduced Transporter model with 1.1L 25 hp engine.


Chrysler launched Jeep FC150 model in late 1956 with the 4-wheel-drive system and quite convenience cabin.

Chevrolet and Ford were also racing to debut their new products in 1961 with the two famous Chevrolet Corvair and Ford Falcon Econoline; both have the flat-nosed design. With 6-cylinder engines, auto transmission is available, a lot of options and tank. Chevrolet Corvair had an impressive  3-4 ton load capacity.

Not only serve farmers, but pickup truck has also been gradually modified to please urban customers- who have strict requirements about design and amenities.


In 1955, Chevrolet Cameo Carrier and GMC Suburban in order with carlike amenities and eye-catching. Ford, Dodge, and GM respectively unveiled their smooth-sided pickup trucks but kept the traditional steel body.

Along with the trend put more muscles to the car, in 1970-1980 in America started to witness more powerful and “drink gas like water” pickup trucks models.

Ford Ranchero started the trend with the 5.3L V8 engine. This model was very successful when 22.000 vehicles sell in the first year. Chevrolet followed the trend by introduced El Camino models in 1959.

Besides owning a large capacity engine, the pickup trucks of the 1980s there was a change in design for a wider cockpit.


And then Japanese cars began to arrive; Nissan Datsun 1000 was the first to land in the market. This model wasn’t much successful due to only use 1L engine which produces 37 hp and small carrying capacity. In the frost year, only ten was sold.

Datsun then upgraded and Toyota also brought Stout out the market. But no until 1965, Japanese cars started to pick up a little success.

About the Author Leroy Simmons

My name is Leroy L.Simmons. I create this blog as the way to find out my excitement and also a way to remember my father. I always love writing, I embarked on this adventure of the blog, to tell you all that I want to share about my hobby, my dream of auto, truck and journey. At MRVEHICLE.NET, I hope to tell you great stories and especially to answer some questions you might ask. And there are also many interesting and up-to-date stories of drivers on their journey everywhere in the world.

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