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The Popularity of Vintage Pickups & Classic Trucks

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Over the last few years, interest in vintage pickup trucks has increased in classic and collector car auctions throughout the United States.

At the 40th Annual Barrett-Jackson classic car auction, the vehicle which garnered maximum interest was a pickup truck, which was auctioned at $157,300. It was a highly customized 1955 Chevrolet 3100. The truck had 18 inch front wheels and 20 inch rear wheels. It ran with a 6.2-liter LS2 Corvette engine. The graphite metallic pearl painted exterior and red leather interior attracted a number of vintage collectors. In that auction week, a total of 50 classic pickup trucks found new owners.

Reasons for popularity

  • Affordability – Classic pickups trucks are less expensive when compared to other classic cars, and spare parts are easily available. Trucks are a good starting point for new car collectors since it can also cost less to restore a vintage pickup truck.
  • Ability to carry loads – Classic car experts also believe that pickup trucks have practicality of usage. They can be used for small transfers.
  • In demand – These vintage pickups are getting more difficult to find, and as collector car psychology goes, whatever is the rarest, is most in demand.

Popular classic pickup trucks

  • 1957 Dodge Sweptline – This truck in pacific blue and white has a 314.6-cid V-8 and an automatic push button transmission. The two door vehicle has a 1959 Eagle Cushman motor scooter in its bed. This is considered a good deal, since you get two vehicles at the price of one. It was sold at the Mecum Auction event in Florida and had many bidders vying for it.
  • 1937 Hudson Terraplane – This is a pickup truck with interiors like a car. Only 10 of such cars are available. Terraplane was known for its powerful engine when it was launched and was known to be a favorite with bootleggers. The vehicle also had a heater, spare tires and a tool box.
  • 1959 Chevrolet 3100 Apache Fleetside Deluxe – This Apache has a NAPCO 4×4 system. The NAPCO system was extensively used during World War II in US military trucks. After that the system was offered in regular cars. The truck won “Best Non-Passenger” vehicle honors at the 2011 Desert Classic Concours. The auction estimates the value of this vintage automobile at $85,000.

If you have your heart set on a vintage pickup truck, remember to find the right kind of classic car insurance for your collector vehicle. Call Classic Auto Insurance at 888-901-1338 or visit our website for a free classic truck insurance quote!

About the Author

is Vice President of Classic Automobile Insurance Agency, Inc. Classic Automobile Insurance Agency has been protecting collector, classic and exotics since 1992.

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