Chevy's top 10 trucks of all time
So in January 1918, Chevrolet -- which was founded Nov. 3, 1911 -- added its first truck models. Since then, the iconic company has sold tens of millions of trucks.
In fact, in recent years, particularly before the U.S. auto industry restructuring at the end of the past decade, GM and Ford were largely pickup truck companies that also made cars. Both are changing today, manufacturing cars such as the Cruze, Sonic, Fiesta and Focus, which can compete with automobile market leaders Honda and Toyota.
Still, in November, light trucks including utilities accounted for 68% of GM sales of 180,402 vehicles.
Recently Chevrolet, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, prepared a list of "10 Chevrolet trucks that built a global brand." This followed an earlier list, the top five Chevrolet cars of all-time.
Here are those top 10 trucks:
1920 Chevrolet 490 Flat Face Cowl and Chassis
The first Chevy trucks, offered in 1918, were essentially body-less Chevrolet 490 cars equipped with strong rear springs. The buyer added a wooden cab and cargo box or panel van body.
If this sounds a bit inconvenient, it should be noted that the price for a half-ton vehicle was just $595. For $1,125, Chevrolet offered a 1918 Model T (for truck), with a one-ton capacity, built on a longer, stronger frame.
During the 1920s, trucking grew to the point that in 1929, Chevrolet sold 187,103 trucks.
1925 Chevrolet Panel Truck in Brazil
Very early on, GM realized that it could make money selling cars not only in the U.S., but also around the world.