Our Favorite Chevy Trucks of All Time

February 22nd, 2016 by

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Chevy has produced a handful of pickups over the years, culminating in the brand’s current crop of trucks. Before we could get to the Colorado and the Silverado, we had some impressive (and rather innovative) pickups, and several of those model years stand out in particular.

While it’s unlikely that you’ll find any of these used Chevy trucks for sale, it’s still fun to explore these individual models. Plus, if you ever do happen to come across one of these trucks, you’ll know that you should be making the purchase…

1930 Pickup

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While the 1930s pickup certainly resembled the traditional truck we know today, many would argue that Chevy had actually produced a similar vehicle 12 years before. The 1918 Chevy Four-Ninety Half-Ton Light-Deliver Cowl Chassis resembled more of a golf car, although the vehicle was typically referred to as a truck.

However, we’re going to stick with the 1930s pickup as the brand’s official entry into the segment. The production coincided (either intentionally or coincidently) with Chevy’s purchase of the Martin-Parry body company in 1930, as the big brand used the former’ brand steel-body half-ton design. Within the next five years, this now-traditional design became synonymous with all pickup trucks, although there were several changes over time. For instance, the half-ton pickup that was released in 1937 featured a stronger, more rugged body.

Per usual, it wasn’t necessarily the design that impressed. Instead, many focused on the impressive inline-six-cylinder engine, a unit that soon earned the nicknames (according to PickupTrucks.com) “Cast Iron Wonder” and “Stovebolt.” These engines would evolve before the end of the decade, with a 78-horsepower unit eventually being added.

1955 Task Force Pickup

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Chevy started getting bolder with their design strategies over the years, and this culminated with the mid-1950s Task Force Pickup. The design was based off the 1955 Bel Air, and engineers even gave customers the option to include the smaller V8 small-block engine. The vehicle featured a larger, longer cabin with a shorter bed. When general truck fans think of a retro Chevy truck, this is probably the vehicle that comes to mind.

Engineers further revolutionized the segment by including four-wheel-drive capabilities in 1957. The Task Force was updated until 1959, when the nameplate was retired.

This wasn’t the only new inclusion to the Chevy truck line during the 1950s. The Cameo Carrier, which PickupTrucks.com described as a “gentleman’s pickup” The vehicle was only available for three years, but the website notes that it set the stage for future Chevy trucks (like the El Camino, Avalanche, and Silverado).

1972 Chevy LUV

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Everybody loves the iconic Chevy LUV, and it’s not only for the cute name. When the vehicle debuted on coastal markets in 1972, it was an instant hit. By partnering with Isuzu, Chevy was able to include an impressive 75-horsepower four-cylinder engine and four-speed manual transmission. Of course, the vehicle also offered solid fuel economy specs, making it a popular choice during the 1970s.

Customers were particularly enamored with the design, including the “ladder-style frame” and the “6-foot bed.” The vehicle offered a 1,100-pound payload and enough room for two passengers.

 

Whether it’s Chevy’s first truck, their smaller pickup from the 1950s, or the beloved Chevy LUV, the brand has produced a number of great trucks over the years. Based on the company’s current trio of trucks, we can only expect bigger and better things in the future.