Rich Truesdell

About Rich Truesdell

Rich Truesdell is a Southern California-based automotive photojournalist. He has recently launched Automotive Traveler’s Classic Car, available on Amazon as a print-on-demand edition and a Kindle eBook.

Future Collectible? 1986-1991 Jeep Comanches
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Over the course of its long and storied history, Jeep has manufactured a number of unique pickup trucks. These include the Forward Control series (1956-1965), the long-lived J-Trucks (1962-1988), based on the original Wagoneer (both already collectible to a degree), a pickup version of the Kaiser Jeep and American Motors Corporation (AMC) Commando (1966-1973), and the CJ-7-based Scrambler (1976-1986) that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles continues to make noise about bringing back. But one stood out as quite possibly having the greatest … Read the rest of the story…

The Scottsdale Auctions: The View from 38,000 Feet
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I realize that many of the readers of my blog are going to be interested primarily in U.S.-built vehicles and, because of this, the DKW marque is not going to ring any bells. But this two-stroke, 3-cylinder 1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader that sold for an astounding $120,000 at the 2015 Gooding auction is simply too unusual to pass up. The 1955 DKW Schnellaster Tiefader––literally translated Rapid Transporter, Low Loader pickup truck––was a unique and innovative vehicle, especially at its introduction … Read the rest of the story…

The Short History of U.S. Hardtop Station Wagons
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Being a fan of the traditional rear-wheel-drive station wagon, the once staple of postwar American suburban driveways, I always love it when examples of the original crossover sport utility vehicle appear in Vintage Truck magazine. And, like me, many baby boomers all seem to have fond memories of facing the cars behind them—un-belted and from a rear-facing third seat. There’s one small sector of the station wagon genre that is often overlooked, and that is the pillarless, hardtop station wagon. … Read the rest of the story…

Class of 1990 Trucks Become Classic
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What defines a classic? In music, it’s a song that’s iconic, a song you still remember the first time you heard it, and sometimes, the person you were with at the time—especially if you find yourself still married to that same person. In the case of automobiles, it is when a model reaches its 25th birthday that in many states you can apply for classic or heritage license plates. By this standard, trucks, pickups, and SUVs from 1990 have reached … Read the rest of the story…

Mercury Trucks Dare to Be Different
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As you continue to read this blog and become more familiar with it, you will find that I’m always looking for the unusual. I’m currently digging deep into the history of short-lived pillar-less hardtop station wagons for another publication. Did you know they were only built from 1956 to 1964? Can you name the first? The last? Last year, when covering the 2013 Fabulous Fords Forever show, I encountered something that I had heard of but had never seen—a Mercury … Read the rest of the story…

Pickups Prove the Affordable Auction Options
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Back in August, after attending the events that comprise the Pebble Beach automotive week in Monterey, California, I was left with an important takeaway. While many would-be buyers focused on one-off Ferraris that went unsold at $23,000,000, there was a part of the collector car universe that was still affordable—classic pickup trucks. These trucks, to me anyway, fall into three distinct categories: prewar trucks that are restored to a high standard or are in original condition; postwar trucks in original … Read the rest of the story…