Trucks are hot because they’re so cool. Handy, too, seeing how you can have a stylish vintage vehicle that’s also useful for hauling stuff.
These five trucks at auction on AutoHunter, the online collector car auction site driven by ClassicCars.com, represent a diversity of types and styles, from heavy-duty work vehicles to more-sedate trucks for simply driving and enjoying.
1971 Chevrolet C20 pickup
This three-quarter-ton truck has had a frame-off restoration completed in 2020, according to the seller, and is powered by an aftermarket LS1 V8 engine with dual exhaust paired with a 4L60 automatic transmission.
Restoration included a new red paint job and a new interior with a black vinyl bench seat, matching carpeting and gray door panels. The pickup rides on a fresh set of American Racing wheels with Landgolden tires.
The engine has about 20,000 miles on it, the seller says, and supplemental instrumentation has been added, with separate fuel, voltage, coolant temperature and oil-pressure gauges.
1952 Ford F6 wood-body utility truck
This first-gen F-series workhorse has a great look and added power via an updated V8 engine and 4-speed manual transmission. The truck looks like it’s been nicely redone with the cab painted in an attractive shade of Forest Green with a red-and-gray interior.
Most notable is the wooden box compartment that has been built behind the cab. The box, which looks like it was done with professional workmanship, has a corrugated metal roof and lockable flip-up side doors, which raise to reveal shelves, light fixtures and power outlets. There’s no indication of the original purpose of the box, though it seems to be well-made and usable for any number of things.
The seller notes that some extra parts come with the truck, including a Morgan truck body and the original 6-cylinder engine and bench seat.
1998 GMC Sierra 3500
This full-on custom dually was built for the current owner by Radford Kustoms of Santa Maria, California, as a Pro Mod fitted with AccuAir e-Level four-corner air suspension with dual compressors and a set of 22.5-inch Alcoa wheels and Ironman tires.
“Power comes from a rebuilt replacement Vortec 454ci V8 engine equipped with an AEM intake and is routed through the truck’s original 4-speed automatic transmission and the four rear wheels,” the auction description says.
The modifications also include a notched frame with narrowed 4-link rear end, custom grille and headlights, a hard tonneau cover, a rear roll pan that houses a concealed hitch receiver, Pioneer audio head unit with navigation and a touchscreen, and a controller for the air suspension.
1958 Studebaker Transtar pickup
This attractive half-ton truck, finished in its original Apache Red and Parchment White paint, has an 8-foot bed and rides on a long 122-inch wheelbase. While the seller notes some surface rust and patina, the pickup looks quite presentable in the photos and probably should be left as is.
An original 259cid V8 with a single two-barrel carburetor is linked with a 4-speed manual transmission with power fed into a Twin Traction rear end. The body is highlighted by chrome bumpers, a white three-bar grille, turn signals on the front fenders, cab-color window visors, flared rear fenders and a Studebaker-branded tailgate between outboard-mounted taillights.
1995 Volkswagen Type 2 microbus
While this might not fit everybody’s definition of a truck, it is most-certainly Volkswagen’s air-cooled entry into the workaday world. Type 2 VWs were made in a wide variety of configurations, including single- and dual-cab pickups, panel trucks and, like this one, passenger vans.
This a Brazilian-market Type 2 – air-cooled VWs were produced in Mexico and Brazil long after they left Germany – that was imported to the US last year. Powered by a 1.6-liter flat-4 “boxer” engine and 4-speed manual transmission, the bus has had a fresh tune-up and is ready to venture out.
The VW is rust free, the seller says, and finished in two-tone blue and white, gray vinyl interior, replacement carpet and window curtains, newer Goodyear tires and an attached ladder for accessing the roof rack.