Vintage trucks are all the rage. Actually vintage is one of the catch phases of the cool crowd.
The trendy way of say old but still interesting; perhaps I will be vintage one day! But everything is vintage style lately, with the whole “what’s old is new again” idea.
Though vintage is usually used by the wine connoisseurs, as in vintage wine, it has grown in popular use. In the world of wine it refers to the year the grapes grew and the wine was bottled.
As we all know growing season can vary and different things can affect the grape.
When vintage is used to refer to things, such as vintage trucks, its meaning is similar but different.
Some might say retro; others will say it is too old to be modern and too new to be an antique. But if they’re both old, then what’s the difference between antique and vintage.
According to the online auction house EBay, the difference is both age and status.
People often confuse and intertwine the two terms. An antique is about 100 years old, while something vintage is from say the 1920’s. Still confused?
Watch a few episodes of the Antique Road show you’ll figured it out! Well remember there are few things, such as collectability (people have to want it).
But a vintage item has some kind special significance to it. Hence the label:
And yes of course the
So with that said, vintage trucks are something considered valued and desired! Often vintage is implied with something that will return, or is given the older (vintage) look.
Such as the Ford Mustang or the Mini Cooper, they are both vehicles made today but with that vintage (or retro) look.
Vintage Truck Types That You Can Find on the Market
So what kind of vintage trucks are out there? That is a tough question. Because not everyone can agree what truly makes something vintage.
Then when you start talking about vintage trucks, oh man! The crowd can get pretty rough, because vintage trucks come in all models.
So first we have to think about the fact that what is vintage to you might not be to me!
Now, same like there are numerous trucking associations groups and trucking unions, there are also quite few associations dedicated to the preservation of vintage trucks.
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That however doesn’t truly settle the issue! Some might even argue it can make it worse when there are other like minded people willing to debate and compete.
However, a few of these associations are:
- American Truck Historical Society;
- Historical Vintage Truck Association;
- Antique Truck Club of America;
- Historic Vehicle Association (HVA)
Of course there are numerous other such groups and associations. The good thing about them is that they can help you discover not only the vintage trucks of your dreams, but help you make it reality.
They can do this by sharing useful restoration tips and information on how to get parts and so much more.
The world of trucks is pretty big, especially when we are speaking vintage trucks!
So what types of vintage trucks are available? Well you have the usual Ford, Chevy, and all the normal suspects.
But, then you have things like the Studebaker Coupe Express J5 (1937-39) or the Willys (1937-42).
Then, you have the Hudson Big Boy C28 (1937-47), but believe me when I am saying, these are just few of the hundreds, yes hundreds of choices.
Some are more common while others are more obscure like the (Dodge D100 “The Dude” (1970-71).
Some just make you wonder, “What were they thinking” (Tempo Matador 1949-51)? Of course there is a design for every taste!
Vintage trucks can also be found fully restore or lying in a farmers filed rusting away. It just depends on how much work you wish to put once you find your dream vintage trucks.
How To Find Parts for Vintage Trucks
Same like you can find truck parts like Freightliner parts or Peterbilt parts, for your new truck, you can also find parts for vintage trucks! It might be a bit more hustle thought!
Vintage truck parts like anything else can be found in any condition. They can be in mint condition, which means like new (sometimes still in their original packaging)!
Or they can be found out in some barn being used to help hold up the hay loft!
Heck some of the parts are well used for some good furniture pieces! Just joking!!!
Anyway, only years ago you had to scour the newspapers and the Ad Tracker or other such resources and trucker magazines.
Now days it is so much easier, just hop on Google, type in what you want, and POOF!
Ok maybe it isn’t that easy, especially when we are speaking about vintage truck parts. But it’s almost as easy as it sounds! You go to websites like Craigslist or check out EBay.
The issue with trying to find parts for your vintage trucks is that people are smarter now to. Not that people were dumb years ago!
It was that they didn’t know the value of something and lacked the resources to find out. That means just like you can research the average asking price, now they research the average selling price.
They know what they have and will charge for it!