When GMC Was Huge

Posted: January 17, 2011 in Classics, Vehicles
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Following the Second World War, America boomed. The economy was growing, families were expanding, and cars were elongating like sheet metal taffy. It was a time when Detroit stood tall, towering alongside industrial cities of the world as a formidable contender in the production ring. It was a time when GMC was huge. Yes, in a figurative sense of the word, huge will do. I mean quite literally though, HUGE.

Today aging GMC Trucks are a rarity. If they are seen, it is often with vines and grass puncturing up through the rotted floorboards. Today more 50’s era GMCs serve as garden trellises than as trucks. Many would argue that Detroit too, serves more as a warzone today than as the metal city metropolis it was intended to be.

This mid-century behemoth however refused to lie down in the dirt and die. Like Detroit, it seems aged at first glance. It is a truck that wears its scars and blemishes. Like an old farmer on the sun-scorched earth, it’s seen shinier and brighter days. Also like a farmer it’s quite green – I mean look at it, plants are growing on it. Here’s one to prove hippies wrong about big American vehicles: they grow plants. There is the picture; the proof is in the pudding. Still the faded paint and corrugated, aged metal only add character if anything (there is some chrome remaining up on the headlight bezels). This truck really is a beauty to behold.

In all seriousness, an old truck such as this one (I admittedly am not sure what model it is exactly, I believe it to be a 350 or 400 series) serves as a reminder of what the General Motors Company stood for. Hopefully it serves to remind us of what GM can still be.

This old Dumper Truck has been through the thick, I was told it used to belong to a rancher, and that many adults in the community recall childhood memories of taking Christmas time “sleigh rides” in the back of its bed.

It’s now being used as a contracting vehicle, and boy does it wear character on its sleeve while continuing to function. Function and character – those are traits that many have not associated with American car companies in modern history, but I believe that is going to change. Detroit is on its way back, and if the surge of quality American cars built with character of late is any indication – maybe like this GMC Truck – Detroit will keep marching on with character too.

Article & Photography: colbydc5

  1. l2and says:

    Looks like a GMC COE around 1950’s. Good looking truck. They were used in the military in the 40’s I believe. Don’t quote me though, haha.

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