Buy a Classic Truck: Best Vintage Pickup Models for Reliability and Price

January 27, 2012

To buy a classic truck, it is important to ensure that the model is reliable. Classic pickups are great trucks that can still be driven if they are reliable. It is no fun driving a classic pick up that falls apart each time you take it out. To find a classic truck, it is important to look at the history of the make and model, determine the current condition and the asking price and market value.

Volvo 240

This is a pickup but was also available as a car. This is one of the more affordable and reliable types of classic vehicles produced in the 1980s. The original engine ran on diesel, but it is possible to get a biodiesel upgrade.

1956 Ford F100

This is truly a vintage vehicle, and even though it does not have the electronics that are found in modern trucks, it still keeps on running. While parts will have to be replaced or fixed, it still runs fantastic even all these years later. The main draw to this truck is style, as it has a nose heavy look, but is actually considered handsome for a truck. The safety in this truck is quite good for its age and the engine still packs plenty of power, as it is a flat head V8.

1959 Chevrolet Fleetside

This is a jet inspired classic pick up with truck lid, cat’s eye tail amps and batwing fins. This was designed to rival the Ford Styleside lines. This truck offered good performance and many models were built so parts are much easier to find. This was not overly expensive when it was built and can still be found for very reasonable costs. It also gets pretty good gas mileage.

1957 Dodge D100 Sweptside

This truck is a novel classic pickup from the 1950s. At the time of its release, it was considered a less expensive version of the Chevy Cameo Carrier pickup. It is very stylish and comfortable to drive and can be found at bargain prices. This car can be hard to find and restoring it with original parts is very difficult, as most original parts are no longer available.

1958 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier

This is a rare model, as it was the last of the Cameo line produced by Chevrolet. There were only 1,405 built. This is considered a light duty vehicle. The Cameo truck certainly set the new style of trucks, but it originally did not sell well because of the expensive price. This truck has many deluxe features not found in other trucks and is one of the best known light trucks of its era.

1975 Toyota Hilux

These are very reliable trucks as many are still on the road and going strong. This is quite typical of Toyota trucks from this time period. This model is pre-1983 which makes much more rugged then younger models. This is most likely due to the change from dual row chain tensioner to a single row unit. Dual chain tensioners are known to run forever. The only major drawback is the weight of the truck, though the engine had plenty of kick to get the job done.

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