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To Mark a Century of Building Trucks, Chevy Names its Most Iconic Models

Posted October 24, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

In January 1918, Chevrolet introduced its first purpose-built truck models (in half-ton and one-ton ratings) aimed at commercial buyers. A century later, pickups are a mainstay of Chevrolet’s domestic business, and in celebration of the milestone anniversary, Rich Scheer, director of exterior design for Chevy trucks, has named the 10 most influential truck designs from the brand.

The 1918 One-Ton, or Model T (disregarding Ford’s automobile with the same name), was Chevrolet’s first purpose-built truck, inspired by the no-frills vehicles used to transport components and goods within manufacturing plants. Powered by a 224-cu.in. “FA” four-cylinder engine rated at 37 horsepower, the worm-drive truck could be ordered as a bare chassis for $1,325; as an open-top Flare Board Express for $1,460; or as a covered-top Eight Post Curtain Top for $1,545. In its debut year on the market, Chevrolet produced 359 Model T trucks, along with 520 Model 490 half-tons.

What're the rest of Chevy's most iconic pickups? Can you guess one? Did you own one?

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10/25/2017 11:29 PM

'78 K10. Bought new and traveled the country in it. Spent most of my time exploring the Arizona deserts and mountains.

Best truck I ever owned!

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10/27/2017 7:12 AM

1987 GMC 3/4 ton. 6.2 diesel which would make it around 10K miles then I had to take the heads off. magnaflux .TIG up the cracks and have it machined down.

Good points , it had enough torque to pull a building down.

Pulled a trailer all over the east coast.

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