Early Chevy Truck History

August 9th, 2020 by

It’s hard to believe, but Chevrolet has been making trucks for over 100 years now, and obviously, generations of Chevy trucks have changed considerably over time. Today, we take a quick look at some of those changes and celebrate just how far these vehicles have come.

Early Chevy Truck History

From 1918 to 1928, Chevrolet dabbled in its first pickup trucks. The 1918 Chevy Model 490 was the very first, designed to be a light delivery vehicle. Also in 1918, Chevy sold its One-Ton pickup, the first “purpose-built” truck. It had a single front cabin and came partially assembled, making modifications easier for customers.

The Introduction of the Half-Ton

The first pickup to resemble a modern truck was the 1938 Chevy Half-Ton, which integrated new design elements like a vertical grille and more angular hood, while also boosting engine performance.

More Advanced Designs After WWII

The Advance Design pickups that popped up after World War II sported a new, modernized aesthetic with the five-bar grille that would become famous for Chevrolet. Again, the engine got more muscle, and Chevy offered different options rated at half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one-ton trucks.

The Birth of the Modern Pickup

The 1960 Chevy C/K line of trucks were the first pickup trucks that looked and acted like they do today. In fact, the C/K line of trucks continued all the way through 2002. Its big-blog V8 engine was popular, and later versions got more powerful and more modern-looking through the years.

Chevy Trucks Today

That of course brings us to today, where there are so many great Chevrolet truck models available at San Diego Chevy dealers like Kearny Mesa Chevrolet. Now with unparalleled performance, countless creature comforts, and advanced safety and infotainment technologies, models like the Chevy Silverado and Chevy Colorado are some of the most lauded trucks in history, and it all started in 1918 with those early trucks!

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