Next year Chevrolet will have written off the first 100 years of trucking history, and will look forward into the future – but not before bringing to our attention ten iconic trucks.
A century ago, Chevrolet’s 1918 One-Ton was coming to life, kicking off the brand’s truck history – and we have now the chance to see how the segment changed through the decades. “Today, the Chevrolet truck design studio is focused on purposeful design that creates personality and customization options for a wide breadth of truck customers,” said Rich Scheer, director of Exterior Design for Chevy Trucks. “Looking back on the past century of truck design, I realized that Chevrolet designers have been focused on the same goals since the very beginning.”
The 1918 One-Ton was actually form follows function at the max, inspired by vehicles used in plants to move parts and pieces from place to place. Next came the 1929 International Series LD, the first Chevy truck with a closed cab, and the brand also introduced color combinations for its cars and trucks. The 1938 Half-Ton is an early example of a design penned by the then new Art and Color department, from which Design Centers evolved, and was also the work of famed designer Harley Earl. The 1947 3100 Series is among the best-known vintage Chevrolet trucks in automotive history, followed by the 955 3124 Series Cameo Carrier, the company’s first Fleetside design – with the bed surface now flush with the cab and fender. The 967 C10 Fleetside marked another change in design, while the 1973 C30 One-Ton Dually was first to bring the crew cab dually to market, some even considering to be the first Heavy Duty truck in modern times.