Pickup trucks have it hard. No, we’re just not talking about the fact that they’re work vehicles, depended on by millions to start every morning and take punishment for decades. It’s that when most trucks have done their 15 or 20 years of duty, they’re unceremoniously put out to pasture. Whether that means parked out back, sold for scrap, or given away for cheap to spend their last few running years doing even more punishing work, it seems like a shame. To make matters worse, pickups have long been given short shrift by the collector community. Luxury cars, muscle cars, and exotics are prized for being artifacts of an era, or telling a story; vintage pickups are largely just old trucks.
But that’s been changing lately. While modern pickups continue to sell in record numbers, the market for vintage small trucks and 4x4s is beginning to take off. With classic Toyota Land Cruisers and Land Rovers beginning to change hands for six-figure prices, collectors are starting to turn to other vintage iron – and there’s a lot of it out there.
There have been dozens of noteworthy trucks over the years, and many of them are likely worth saving. But of all of those, we’ve come up with 10 of our favorites that are likely to get the credit they deserve sooner rather than later. If you’re in the market for a vintage truck, snap one of these up today before they get too expensive.