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American Trucks of the 1950s

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American Trucks of the 1950s

By Norm Mort
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Paperback • 205 x 190mm • 96 pages • 124 pictures

ISBN: 978-1-84584-227-7

£ 14.99 + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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• Comprehensive guide of American truck makers and model ranges in the 1950s
• Deeply researched history reveals many little known facts
• Unique and rare models
• Factory photos, advertisements and original brochure images
• Models produced for Canadian and American markets
• Engine and detail photos
• Production data
• 120 high quality photographs including colour images of restored examples
• Index allows quick access to specific makes and models


A highly visual study examining the important role of trucks and trucking in the growth of North America in the 1950s. 120 images and evocative writing encapsulates the histories of the major, minor, obscure, but nonetheless historically significant truck manufacturers. Detailed captions and supportive text complement contemporary brochures, period literature, factory photos and over fifty new, unpublished colour photos of restored examples.


This highly visual study covers the US and Canadian truck manufacturers that built trucks in North America in the 1950s. Following World War II, North American truck manufacturers responded to the prosperity of the 1950s with fresh designs and features. These rugged, reliable trucks were capable of transcontinental commutes of goods on a regular basis, or performing delivery and construction tasks in and around cities.
This concise volume covers not only the histories of the major and lesser known truck manufactures, but also the obscure, yet historically significant manufacturers such as Available, Biederman, Brown, Corbitt, Leyland Canada and others.

Comprehensive captions and supportive text combine with contemporary brochures, period literature, road test info of the day, factory photographs and over fifty colour photos of restored American trucks, to relate the importance of these historic vehicles. Detailed shots of the engines and features focus on what it was that set certain manufacturers apart in this highly competitive market.

This succinct, factual book on American trucking provides a nostalgic look at a significant era in North American history.

Independent Reviews

"This natural companion to Veloce's British Lorries of the 1950s showcases some wonderful Yankee hardware in mainly archive photos and period ads." – Octane

"This book is a must read for fans of heavy trucks, and the history lesson is made much more informative by the addition of a huge archive of illustrations, brochures and photos" –


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