Dating from 1918 to 2008 this Chevy Pickup Timeline is well worth a watch as you see the years bringing in its new models, and how they progressed with the advances made in the automobile industry. By the early 1930’s pickup trucks were starting to look quite respectable with styling being based on the current years car lineup, with 1935 seeing the introduction of the Chevy Suburban, a dual purpose wagon based on the pickup but with all the comforts of a car. Below this post there is a second video of the Chevy Suburban timeline, dating from 1935 to 2008.
Although not shown in this video if we were to look at the Chevy Pickup Timeline from 2008 on, the pickup truck has certainly progressed along with technology. The range of standard equipment buyers now expect to have in their new pickup is equal to what is fitted to most saloon cars, and if your cheque book is big enough there is a choice of extras that would bring the pickup, especially the four door variety, in line with manyluxury class cars. A good way to also empty your bank account at the same time as some add-ons do not come cheap.
Gone are the days of a pickup being uncomfortable, freezing cold or extremely hot depending on the season, having poor performance and poor brakes when loaded. In recent times pickups have been rated to both carry and tow quite hefty loads as this video shows, and it is good that tests and reviews are made in this respect. Much of these improvements over time are the result of strong competition between Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge, plus past history smaller manufacturers such as Studebaker who made quite a nice pickup in the late 1940’s and 50’s
Thanks to 92501riverside for this video. Photos are screen shots.
The Chevy Suburban Timeline started in 1935 and this video takes you through the various models up to 2008. It certainly doesn’t end there as there is no end in sight for the Suburban, or its first cousin the Cadillac Escalade, an updated luxury version. Like the pickups the Suburban is available in 2WD or 4WD with a choice of engines and extras.
Thank you Abigale Miles for putting this together.