Trucks & Heavy Equipment | 15 September 20168 Harvester Trucks From the 1950’s Share article facebook twitter google pinterest When it comes to farming, the greatest and most useful technological advancement were the automobiles invented for work on the fields. Even the earliest harvester trucks, while in their most simple design, made a huge difference for those harvesting crops. By the end of World War II, America was thriving on the automobile industry and creating some of the most iconic and advanced models of all time. The 1950’s aesthetic brought about a wave of modernization that made it’s way into the many useful heavy duty trucks produced during the post-war decade like those used in harvesting. Check out the following ‘modern’ harvester trucks from the ’50’s excerpted from International Harvester Trucks: The Complete History. Harvester Trucks From the 1950’s The big V-series trucks were produced from 1956 to 1967 and were perfect for heavyduty construction work or any job requiring a brawny workhorse. With a new grille, quad headlamps, and some new front-end sheet metal, the A-series morphed into the B-series for 1959. Notice how modern this B-120 pickup looks. This is a 1956 International Metroette Dari-Van body, either an AB-120 or an AB-140 series. Thousands of these were put into service by dairies across the country. Their rugged chassis and stand drive design were perfect for door-to-door delivery. Here’s a new 1956 International S-120 four-wheel-drive pickup in its element, a rugged off-road tract. Take a look at the 1956 product line advertisement that appears a bit earlier in this book, and you’ll see this same vehicle in the collage, although in a different pose. 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. This bright red International is one of the new 1953R-120 pickups. The new R-series trucks utilized the L-series cab but featured great new front-end styling courtesy of designer Ted Ornas. The clean, simple look of this truck is very appealing. One of the more exciting new products from International was this Travelall station wagon, introduced for 1952. Gone were the beautiful but costly to maintain wood bodies of previous International wagons. Essentially an L-110 panel truck converted to passenger car usage, this beauty rode on a 115-inch wheelbase and could accommodate up to eight passengers. It boasted removable seats to convert it for hauling. Also appealing is this 1953 International R-110 Travelall, which sports the new frontal appearance. Note International’s clever new corporate logo in the grille, a letter i superimposed over a letter H. Designed by Raymond Loewy, it represented a farmer on a tractor: the dot on the i was the man’s head. 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.