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A truck or lorry is a motor vehicle designed to transport cargo. Trucks vary greatly in size, power, and configuration; smaller varieties may be mechanically similar to some automobiles. Commercial trucks can be very large and powerful and may be configured to be mounted with specialized equipment, such as in the case of refuse trucksfire trucksconcrete mixersand suction excavators.
The pickup truck has been intricately intertwined with American culture as far back as the s, when Henry Ford took notice of a preliminary pickup truck design that the military was using during World War I. Ford was the original designer of the civilian pickup truck, integrating it into a special Model T vehicle. Since the pickup's inception, people from all walks of life have found pickup trucks to be both useful and enjoyable to drive.
The first motor truck was built in by German automotive pioneer Gottlieb Daimler. Daimler's truck had a four horsepower engine and a belt drive with two forward speeds and one reverse. It was the first pickup truck.
In the first several years of the horseless carriage, pickup trucks were simply modified cars. It was not uncommon for automobile owners who needed more storage area to remove the rear trunk and install an improvised wooden bed. Innine years after the first Model T, Ford introduced their first truck.
The media is filled with images of the wondrously rugged vehicle hauling endless cargo, serving its intended purpose and showing off its horsepower. Early American fire engines were called trucks. Much like their ship cannon predecessors, these trucks were water pump rigs on wheels that were pulled to the emergency location by humans.
The American antique, vintage and classic passenger vehicles include all cars, light pickup trucks, vans, station wagons, hot rods, muscle cars and anything else on four wheels designed primarily for passenger transportation. The first passenger vehicles were built as far back as the 17th century, mostly of wood, by dreamers with limited skills and equipment. Some were simply variations of horse-drawn carriages while others were more elaborate. Steam engines had been around for a long time but only a few people managed to make them small enough for vehicles and even then there were significant problems.
Thousands of different cars have been built over the past century. They needed to do just two things: start every day and haul a bunch of stuff. Anything else was considered unnecessary.
Chevrolet's historians believe that the company may have built a small number of Four-Ninety trucks for its own use inand records show that some of the trucks were converted to ambulances and shipped to France. The first truck produced for individual buyers was built in Flint, Michigan, in November ofand left the factory in December. Chevy introduced two four-cylinder trucks for the model year, both cowl chassis designs that were only outfitted with sheet metal on the front. Truck buyers of that era typically added a wooden cab and cargo box or a panel van body.