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Trucks Through Time – California Automobile Museum

The Evolution of the Truck Over 80 Years

Jun 3, 2016
Photographers: Edward A. Sanchez
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.
Photo 2/24   |   Ca Auto Museum Truck Exhibit 1960 Studebaker 1957 Chevy Cameo Rear
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.
Photo 3/24   |   Ca Auto Museum Truck Exhibit Display Lettering
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!

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