Trucks Through Time – California Automobile Museum
The Evolution of the Truck Over 80 Years
There are few vehicles that define the American automotive experience more than the pickup truck, from its origins in the ’20s as a conversion of car chassis to today’s jack-of-all trades machines that can tow more than 10,000 pounds in leather-lined comfort. Many shows or exhibits focus on a specific make, model or generation. However, the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento has done a chronological timeline of trucks from the ’20s through the present day.
The models featured in the museum’s exhibit, “The Pickup Truck: Where Utility Meets the Everyday,” span the decades from a 1925 Dodge pickup owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, a 1931 Ford Model A (considered the first mass-produced pickup), a 1951 GMC, 1956 Ford F-100, and the 1957 Chevrolet Cameo credited with creating the “personal use” pickup segment. Also featured in the exhibit are a Chevrolet C-10, Toyota Hilux, Dodge Lil’ Red Express, and Ford F-150 SVT Lightning. The exhibit runs through September 11, 2016.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday and is closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and active and retired military, $4 for youth, and free for children four years and younger. Museum members get unlimited free admission for a year. Memberships start at $59 a year. For more information, visit calautomuseum.org. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook Video tour of the museum below!