Over the past century, Chevrolet has cultivated a reputation for building rough-and-tumble pickup trucks that can help get any job done. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet trucks, and Transwest Chevrolet Buick want to celebrate by looking back at the history of Chevrolet trucks.
The first Chevy truck to arrive on the market was introduced in 1918 and was known as the One-Ton. As the first purpose-built truck from the brand, it was an affordable and flexible platform that customers could build on to create a vehicle that suited their needs.
In 1929, the International Series AC Light Delivery became the first truck to feature an OHV six-cylinder engine, which offered 46 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. This truck still had an old-school style, though, something that changed with the 1938 Chevrolet Half-Ton, which was the first truck designed by the Art and Color department.
The truck style continued to change with the 1947 Chevy 3100 Series offering an all-new look that featured a 5-bar horizontal grille and a rounded profile. Throughout the years, the Chevy truck style began to take trips from the sedans in the brand’s lineup, incorporating more comfortable seating and more color options.
In 1973, though, we got the first glimpse of the square body design that helped improve aerodynamics and efficiency, something the brand continues to do even now.
Now, to help celebrate the Chevy truck lineup’s 100th birthday, the brand is offering a Centennial Edition Silverado and Colorado, which looks to its legacy for design inspiration.
The 100-year history of Chevy trucks is filled with amazing milestone moments and great trucks. We look forward to the next century!