Slipped Under the Radar… Until Now
Joe Sharretts

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It’s amazing how if you don’t call every single salvage yard within 200 miles of your home, the one you missed is almost certainly the one you are looking for. Years ago, I undertook such a project, and, after several yards told me that there was nothing in the area at all anywhere, I gave up on the Pottstown area of Pennsylvania. Also, Pottstown is only about an hour from where I lived, so I figured that if there were … Read the rest of the story…

The Scottsdale Auctions: The View from 38,000 Feet
Rich Truesdell

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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…

Class of 1990 Trucks Become Classic
Rich Truesdell

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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…

B&L Auto Salvage Has Got the Good, Old, and Odd
Joe Sharretts

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For our first of many salvage yard profiles, I have decided to begin with B&L Auto Salvage located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. This is not one of those yards that you will see all over the Internet, or advertising in every magazine. It is a very small yard located way off the beaten path known only by the locals, but there you will find a great collection of unusual pieces. B&L was started back in 1960. It is currently owned and … Read the rest of the story…

Welcome to Life in the Yard
Joe Sharretts

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Writing the first of any new series of articles always seems to be the tough one, so I am going to do my best to introduce all of you to the world of the vintage truck salvage yard. In this first blog post, I will simply go over where to find vintage vehicles, rules of etiquette while in salvage yards, what types of vehicles we find, and hopefully clear up a few myths in the business. Plus, I will throw … Read the rest of the story…

Pickups Prove the Affordable Auction Options
Rich Truesdell

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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…