Trucks, SUVs and Crossovers

The pickup truck: an American icon

The pickup truck: an American icon

The pickup truck’s rise from its makeshift origins to the almost luxury-item status it enjoys today amounts to a Horatio Alger tale with a technological twist, providing a striking allegory of cherished national legends of progress and upward mobility.

In the early 20th century, a number of Americans — seeking a more expeditious means of hauling material that could not be strapped atop the traditional motorcar — took their tinsnips to the family flivver, affixing a large box or old wagon bed to the rear of the chassis. Soon smaller entrepreneurs installed cabs and hauling containers on the chassis of the Ford Model T. But the Ford Motor Company did not offer the first fully...

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