The American Delivery Truck: An Illustrated History

byRobert Gabrick

Paperback | October 17, 2014

The American Delivery Truck: An Illustrated History by Robert Gabrick
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When motorized vehicles replaced the horse as the modern form of transportion, it wasnt as if everyone owned went out and bought a vehicle to drive, much less to haul with. Rural residents relied heavily on vendors to bring the goods directly to them or their nearest town, and vendors relied on delivery trucks to deliver their food items or services. The idea took on a life of it's own and in 1915 Reo created an entire class of vehicles called "Speed Wagons" that provided the basis for a new generation of delivery vehicles dubbed inCommercial Car Journalas "Speed Trucks". The Speed Truck chassis could provide for a whole range of special delivery-type vehicles to satisfy a growing need for reliability, speed, convenience, and a level of style that would create the right impression for the user to haul goods to its customers. Other manufacturers created specialized chassis and mechanical configurations for delivery vehicles and in addition, companies such as Boyertown Body created bodies to suit the needs of the customer, including vans, panel trucks, and even pick-up trucks. Color,paint schemes, and lettering were crucial to creating a positive image. Some of the major Marques featured in this illustrated history include Reo, Federal, Diamond T, Sterlilng, Divco, International, Fargo, Dodge Chevrolet, Ford, Graham, Pak-Age-Car (Stutz and Diamond T), to name a few.

Title:The American Delivery Truck: An Illustrated HistoryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:128 pages, 11 X 8.5 X 0.25 inShipping dimensions:128 pages, 11 X 8.5 X 0.25 inPublished:October 17, 2014Publisher:Enthusiast BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1583883118

ISBN - 13:9781583883112

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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