Trucks & Heavy Equipment | 4 May 201612 Post-War Era International Harvester Trucks Share article facebook twitter google pinterest By the end of World War II, the age of the automobile had set into America. The designs and sensibilities of the 1950’s suggested a mindset focused on the future, and the sleek, ultramodern models would become signatures of the era. This wave of modernization left no aspect of the of the industry untouched, from modest consumer cars to heavy duty industrial models. International Harvester Trucks: The Complete History has loads of pictures showing off the stylish updates found on work trucks of all kinds. Take a look at just a few here. The 1955 and 1956 pickups shared the same styling, though this particular one is identified as a 1955 model. Even with the painted bumper it was quite an attractive truck and a legendary workhorse. Another rugged 1956 International product was this big RF-200 truck with a special bumper-mounted winch on the front. Note the large rear wheel openings. This 1957 A-120 wrecker boasts all-wheel drive, a rooftop rotator light, and a heavy-duty push bumper Metros were still in demand in 1959 as witnessed by the broad range of models seen in this photo, which appears to be a storage lot in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where the trucks were produced. The old-style rounded body Metros were still in production, along with the newer, square-style jobs. The A-line pickups were real beauties, with smooth, integrated lines; large, light cabs; and extra carrying space. This is an A-100 with a sharp two-tone paint job, whitewall tires, and plenty of chrome accents. International’s 100-180 model trucks got new frontal styling for 1955 and were renamed the S series. This drawing was apparently based on the picture of the 1953 red pickup earlier in this book because the crates in both pictures are in exactly the same position, as are the man’s hands. The ever-faithful Metro delivery vans had two broader bars in the front grille for 1953. The basic styling of this veteran hauler would remain the same through 1965. Although these are both 1953 International trucks, they wear quite different styling. The big R-195 on the left carries styling that dates back to late 1949, while the R-120 pickup has the fresher look of the 1953 light truck line. At first glance, this 1950 LB-150 looks like a dairy truck but actually it’s a bakery vehicle. Notice the bread the deliveryman has in his carrier, and the “Delicious Donuts” sign on the side of the truck. The large windshield and quarter windows provided good visibility. Note the single central windshield wiper and fender-mounted turn indicators. The all-new L-series trucks included this L-112 pickup with a 127-inch wheelbase and heavy-duty suspension. The chrome front bumper adds a nice touch to the frontal styling. This grain truck is a 1950 International L-180. The L-180 series offered GVWs from 17,000 to 21,500 pounds and could be fitted with a wide variety of bodies. International had discontinued production of its cab-over models during the war but decided to introduce an all-new series of COEs for 1950. To allay driver concerns about a lack of frontal protection, the new LC-160 range had a short, stubby front hood. Notice how the grille is styled to resemble the rest of the L-series trucks. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: Get the entire history of the best trucks on the road. The International Truck and Engine Corporation has built the trucks that have been a staple of both agricultural and industrial trucking for nearly 100 years. International Harvester Trucks: The Complete History tells the complete story of the light-, medium-, and heavy-duty trucks, vans, and station wagons built by International Harvester during over a century of history, starting from the company’s early days, through its first truck model in 1907, and right up to the present. The focus is firmly on the trucks themselves including collectible machines such as the Travelall and Scout. Author Patrick R. Foster is one of the world’s premier transportation historians. His accessible writing style, illustrated with hundreds of never-before-seen archival photographs, makes this book the best examination of one of the world’s most prolific truck manufacturers. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.