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.

International Harvester Ambulances: An Unfinished Story
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One of the great things about producing this blog is that I get to write about nearly anything I want so long as it has some connection to vintage trucks. Those of you who follow me here know I am attracted to the strange, unusual, and in most instances, rare. Some blogs generate a large number of comments, such as the one on the Canadian Mercury trucks, and others don’t. It’s really a toss-up. When I sit down at my … Read the rest of the story…

The Petersen Automotive Museum Reopens with a New Face
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While this is my least vintage truck-centric blog I’ve posted since commencing News on the Street, it is nevertheless, the most newsworthy. The Petersen Automotive Museum, founded in 1994 by the late publishing magnate Robert E. Petersen (Hot Rod, Motor Trend, Car Craft, and dozens of other magazine titles), has just emerged from a two-year, $90-million makeover. The results are, in a word, stunning. Situated at the intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax on Museum Row in Los Angeles, in what … Read the rest of the story…

Finding Your Next Vintage Truck… On Facebook?
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I’m sure that many of you are like me, you check specific category listings on eBay and Craigslist, looking for your next vintage truck with the hope of finding one with a reasonable price tag. But what’s reasonable to you? $2,000? $5,000? $10,000? I guess it all depends what economic strata you occupy. For me, trucks become more approachable when they cost less. I’m not quite sure how this truck, a 1965 Dodge D200, came to my attention, but garage … Read the rest of the story…

1971 AMC Jeep Cowboy—What Might Have Been
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Thirteen years ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 100th anniversary of the Rambler at the spiritual home of American Motors Corp. in Kenosha, Wisconsin. My first car, in 1972, was a sporty 1965 Rambler American 440 two-door hardtop, powered by AMC’s 232 straight 6. Being a lifelong AMC fan, enthusiast, and historian, it was a real treat to see all of the quirky cars that AMC built over its 33-year history (1954–1987), before it was absorbed by Chrysler. … Read the rest of the story…

The Storied History of a 1956 Fiat Grand Prix Transporter
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Having written N.O.S. News on the Street for the last year, I have a sneaking suspicion that many of my readers qualify for the 55-and-over menu at IHOP. What that means is many of you are early baby boomers, born between 1945 and 1955, and many of your earliest automotive memories are collecting Matchbox cars and trucks during your childhood. One of my all-time favorite Matchbox models was the king-sized K-5 racecar transporter. Although technically out of scale from the … Read the rest of the story…

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…