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A Southern Staple: Classic Pickup Trucks

At Empire, we love hearing the stories behind classic cars. We all have our favorites, and when we attend a car show, we’re always looking for them. One classic car that we keep an eye out for are Classic Ford Trucks- a cult classic for farmers and Southerners alike.

Classic trucks, the backdrop of every country music video are the essence of a Norman Rockwell-like way of living. A staple of the Southern lifestyle, Classic Ford, Chevy and Dodge Trucks still line the streets of rural small town America. One of the most popular are the Ford F-Series that date back to the late 1940s. Designed for function, the F-Series has a rich history throughout the decades as a family friendly, All American truck.

1968 Ford F-100 from ‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’

The initial idea and design for pickup trucks was developed by Ford in the mid 1920′s, the concept taken from the popular Ford Model T. Seeking a vehicle that could provide support for working families, the pickup truck was first produced by Ford in Australia. Capable of carrying loads of produce, supplies, and livestock, the truck was hit, and spread quickly to the United States.

Classic 1951 Ford F-4 in “MacGyver”.

The F-Series is still in production today, with the popular 12th Generation Ford F-150 and beyond. The newer Ford Trucks are much more sleek and rugged, with a more powerful V-8 that would likely leave a classic Ford Truck in the dust. However, the vintage look and feel of a classic Ford Truck in unmatched, making it one of the most iconic American vehicles of all time. Many classic Ford Truck owners understand the value of their vehicle, and choose to cover their truck. This protects it from the elements, even when parked indoors.

1951 Ford F-3 in “The Secret Life of Bees”

What’s so special about classic Ford Trucks is the innovative, rustic design. Likely inspiring the early models of Chevrolet and Dodge Trucks, the Ford Motor Company paved the way for the development of pickup trucks. Chevy Trucks were released in the late forties, as the popular Advance Design Series, eventually becoming the Task Force Series, and eventually, the Chevy Trucks we know today.

1967 Chevrolet C-10 in ‘CHiPS’

Dodge Trucks dates back to the 1920′s. Although not as popular as Ford and Chevy, Dodge Trucks had family friendly features that were the most similar to automobiles. For the first time since the 1970′s, Dodge has released heavier models, such as their popular Dodge Ram.

1941 Dodge Truck

What’s your favorite make of classic truck?