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.

The Kroger Co. Connects To Its Roots Via A Vintage Truck
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Recently, I spent a week in Italy test-driving the 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C sports car for the UK-based travel/lifestyle magazine Italia! and attending the reveal of the 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia sports sedan, which comes to America next year, for Automobile Magazine (to see the photos click here). On my way home to the West Coast, I also attended Chrysler’s 2016 “What’s New” program at its historic Chelsea Proving Grounds, west of Detroit, and then decided to stay the weekend … Read the rest of the story…

The Fabulous Ford Broncos of 1966-1977
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Of the 50-plus car shows and Concours d’Elegances I attend every year, one of my favorites is the Fabulous Fords Forever! Car Show (FFF), held each April at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. While it seems that more than half of the 1,700-plus cars on display are Mustangs of every vintage, there are still enough other Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles to satisfy Ford enthusiasts. My favorites are the rare models (especially the classic Lincoln Continentals), vintage Ford … Read the rest of the story…

1961 Ford F-100 Styleside – Failure to Integrate
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The 1961 Ford F-100 Styleside that appears in the May/June 2015 issue of Vintage Truck magazine is owned by Jack Brown who bought the truck from its original owner in 2001. The Styleside represents Ford’s attempt to reduce costs while producing a fresh and contemporary truck. While the load-bearing failures of the integrated cab and bed design ultimately led to Ford produce a Styleside model with a separate cab and bed, this truck still turns heads and garners Jack many … Read the rest of the story…

Future Collectibles, 1969-1972 Chevrolet K5 Blazer & GMC Jimmy
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The cover of the April 1969 issue of Motor Trend heralded the introduction of an entirely new automotive category—the two-door sport utility vehicle based on a shortened full-size pickup truck. The vehicle was the Chevrolet Blazer and, from its introduction in 1969 until its successor, the two-door Chevrolet Tahoe was discontinued in 1999, it was often the best-selling vehicle in its class. It took Jeep (Cherokee) and Dodge (Ramcharger) until 1974 to respond with two-door models of their own, and … Read the rest of the story…

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…