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November 2011 Issue
 
ARTICLE
Big Rigs Rolling
By Robert McLellan
 

As vehicles have evolved for over a century, so has our approach to collecting car and truck literature. Up until the last thirty years, few collectors paid attention to truck literature no matter how cheap it was. Truck literature was rarely saved since it was not collectible and therefore rarely available. From the beginning, a personal bond developed between cars and their owners that did not develop between company owned trucks and truck drivers. As individuals began to own pick-up trucks and as pick-up trucks flourished on American roads, a personal bond developed. As a result, interest in pick-ups has grown and is extending to the significance of light trucks and their big brothers. Reaching back into history, collectors are searching for the elusive literature that was once tossed aside. Few literature dealers are paying any attention to the requests of collectors, but the interest is growing. Consequently, truck literature prices are rising.

Can old truck literature be found? Long-time literature collectors are most likely to be car enthusiasts with a passion for styling, performance, and sporty and luxury makes and models. When buying collections, that is what has traditionally sold best and that is what literature dealers want to purchase. Most old timers selling their collections do not have truck literature to sell.

I grew up around trucks when living in a farming area and my first serious summer time job, while in high school, was driving a 1940 Ford pick-up for an ice cream distributor. Later on to big refrigeration trucks. Trucks have always interested me but I never thought about looking for the literature until more recently. So when I found collections of truck literature to purchase, I did.

We have a vast inventory of pick-up and light truck literature, but are you aware of the big commercial truck literature in stock? We are selling more every year. It is time to point out what you might have not have noticed.

Below is a selection of big truck literature:

 
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ACV - 1953

Atkinson - 1953

Brockway - 1946
     

Brockway - 1975

Chevrolet - 1938

Chevrolet - 1940
     

Chevrolet - 1948

Chevrolet - 1954

Chevrolet - 1962
     

Chevrolet - 1973

Daihatsu - 1966

Diamond T - 1937
     

Diamond T - 1939

Diamond T - 1947

Diamond T - 1965
     

Dodge - 1932

Dodge - 1941

Dodge - 1947
     

Dodge - 1951

Dodge - 1955

Dodge - 1960
     

Dodge - 1964

Duplex - 1961

ERF - 1954
     

Fiat - 1951

Foden - 1966

Ford - 1933
     

Ford - 1935

Ford - 1938

Ford - 1946/47
     

Ford - 1953

Ford - 1963

Ford - 1965
     

Ford - 1972

Freightliner - 1958

Fuller - 1972
     

GAZ - 1966

GMC - 1934

GMC - 1956
     

GMC - 1974

GUY - 1952

GUY - 1973
     

Hino - 1964

International Harvester - 1938

International Harvester - 1938
     

International Harvester - 1938

International Harvester - 1945

International Harvester - 1965
     

Kenworth - 1976

Leyland - 1950

Mack - 1936
     

Mack - 1938

Mack - 1945

Mack - 1980
     

MAN - 1963

Marmon - 1974

MAZ - 1966/67
     

Mercedes-Benz - 1971

Peterbilt - 1973

REO - 1937
     

REO - 1937

REO - 1941

REO - 1947
     

REO - 1958

REO - 1964

Sisu - 1981/82
     

Sisu - 1985

Sisu - 2005

Studebaker - 1941
     

Studebaker - 1941

Studebaker - 1946

Studebaker - 1948
     

Studebaker - 1955

Studebaker - 1958

TA3 - 1970
     

Thames - 1953

Thornycraft - 1953

White - 1937
     

White - 1947

White - 1973

White - 1974
     

ZIL - 1966/67

ZIL - 1966/67

ZIL - 1970
     
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, November 2011
 
 
 
 
 
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