Pickup trucks are one of the hottest segments of the classic vehicle market. They’re relatively inexpensive, easy to maintain and have a huge cool factor. Here are five that you should consider:
1967-72 Chevrolet C10: The new-for-1967 Chevy “Action Line” pickups might just be one of the most popular collector vehicles around at the moment and with good reason. They’re great-looking (opinions vary as to which year is the handsomest) and they’re modern enough to use on a regular basis while still retaining a classic look. Prices are climbing, so you might want to pick up one soon.
1985 Toyota SR5: Including a Japanese truck on this list might be courting the trolls, but those of a certain age will understand its place here. The sight of it in the McFly driveway being waxed by an oddly subservient Biff Tannen was one of the first signs that all was right with the timeline in “Back to the Future.” For suburban kids of the 1980s, this is what a pickup truck was.
1978-79 Dodge Li’l Red Express: In between lurching from one financial crisis to the next, Chrysler managed to do some wild stuff. This might have been one of the wildest. Exploiting several loopholes in EPA laws, Dodge managed to insert a police-package 360 V-8 with some real 1960s-era horsepower into a D150 pickup. The wheels, tires, exhaust stack and gold graphics were all a bit cartoonish. The performance, however, was not. Believe it or not, according to Car and Driver magazine, this was the fastest production American-made vehicle of 1978-79.
1958-68 Dodge Power Wagon W300: When you simply must have the most testosterone-laden classic truck of all time, you need look no further than the Dodge Power Wagon. Derived from a WW2-era ¾-ton pickup, Power Wagons make other pickups of the era look toy-like in comparison.
1953-56 Ford F100: When you think classic pickup, the second-generation F-100 is what you conjure up. Style is what it’s all about, although there were some real technical advances made during this period of pickup development. While the 1953 model year still made do with the antiquated but proven Ford flathead V-8, the 1954-56 versions were sold with Ford’s modern, new Y-block overhead valve V-8 that would also find its way into the 1955-57 Thunderbird. In case you’re wondering, Fred Sanford from the 1970s classic TV show “Sanford and Son” drove the previous generation F-series, a 1951 to be exact.