How Much Do You Know About Pickup Trucks?


By: Maria Trimarchi

6 Min Quiz

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For many, the feeling of driving a powerful truck with only the open road ahead of you is unmatched.

Trucks have been the backbone of America since their invention. They've been used for both work and play. But which truck tops all of them to take the top spot and which one has been around the longest?

Can you name the first truck ever built? What about the company that made it? True truck experts know it all. Not to mention what's under the hood of these mighty machines.

Do you know what it takes to make a pickup? How about who started it all? Make sure to bring your knowledge of the parts, production, and people that made the trucks that we know today. You'll be going back in time and into the future with this quiz!

Do you know what trucks were used in movies or television? How about your Crew Cab from your King Cab? Surely, you can name the many brands that manufacturer them! If you truly know your trucks, this will be a breeze.

As the slogan for Ford's trucks says, trucks are most definitely 'Built Ford Tough.' So if you think you know your stuff when it comes to trucks, get into the driver seat and put the pedal to the metal. Don't forget your seatbelt, and get ready for this quiz!

A pickup with four rear wheels instead of the standard two is known as a what?

A pickup truck that has four rear wheels instead of the standard two is known as a "dually." The first dual-rear wheel pickup was the Chevy C/K 30 Big Doolie.


A regular pickup truck has a two-door cab. How many doors does a pickup truck with a crew cab have?

A pickup truck with a crew cab has four doors (and it can probably seat four to six people).


When did the U.S. government stop automakers from manufacturing consumer trucks?

During World War II, the U.S. government halted the production of consumer pickup trucks by American automakers in order to repurpose their factories for the war effort.


Which has been the best-selling pickup truck in the U.S. for 40 years?

Ford's F-Series pickup, the F-150, has been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for four decades.


There was a version of the 1972 Dodge D200 that came with a slide-on what, for the outdoorsy market?

The Camper Special of the 1972 Dodge D200 came with a slide-on camper body.


When the first American-made Dodge four-wheel drive pickup was manufactured in 1946, what was its design based on?

In the 1940s, Dodge began designing light-duty four-wheel drive pickups based on military four-wheel drive trucks. These were also the first trucks to roll off the line at the new Dodge truck plant in Detroit.


In 1949, Chevy moved what inside the truck cab, behind the seat?

Beginning in 1949, Chevy's newly designed truck series included a gas tank inside the cab, secured behind the seat.


In 1939, a man named T.A. Peterman started manufacturing the Model 260 and Model 334 Peterbilt trucks for what industry?

When T.A. Peterman, himself a logger, made the first Peterbilt trucks, the Model 260 and 334, they were intended for the logging industry on the West Coast.


After World War I, Dodge converted its military ambulance into what truck-like commercial van?

Dodge's Screenside Commercial truck, which was built to carry as much as 1,000 pounds, was converted from the also Dodge-built World War I military ambulance.


Ford has been manufacturing its light-duty trucks and medium-duty trucks since 1948, when it put out the first in which series?

In 1948 Ford introduced its Ford Bonus-Built, the first Ford in the still-manufactured F-Series lines of pickups and commercials trucks.


Who made the first American pickup truck, Ford or Chrysler?

It was 1929 when the Dodge Brothers introduced the Merchants Express half-ton truck. But four years earlier, Ford Motor Company introduced its Model-T Runabout with Pickup Body, which became the Model-A pickup truck (complete with roll-up windows in the cab), in 1928. While it's not the first truck-like vehicle, the Model-A is considered the first American mass-produced pickup truck.


What was the first factory-built light-duty four-wheel drive pickup to be sold to the American public?

Willys had extensive experience designing and manufacturing military vehicles. Using that knowledge, Willys introduced its factory-built four-wheel drive pickup truck built on a light-duty chassis in 1947, the first that didn't need to be converted to four-wheel drive by a third-party.


What was the first light-duty hybrid truck introduced to American drivers?

The first hybrid truck was a Hino medium-duty model sold only in Japan in 1993. Another Hino light-duty hybrid truck became available in Australia in 2007. And while there were hybrid trucks available in the U.S. for commercial endeavors, both the first-gen Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid and the GMC Sierra Classic 15 Hybrid 4WD were sold to American drivers in 2007.


A pickup with a crew cab was hard to come by in the 1950s and 1960s. Which truck offered a six-passenger pickup back in 1961?

The International Harvester Travelette was a three-door crew cab pickup, and the first pickup with a crew cab available to American car buyers, in 1957. In 1961, it was redesigned from three to four doors and offered six-passenger seating.


High-performance pickup trucks such as the Dodge Warlock are called what?

Dodge Warlocks, Ford F-150 Tremors and other high-performance pickup trucks are called muscle trucks.


When Chevy introduced its -- and the light-truck industry's -- first overhead valve (OHV) six-cylinder in 1929, how did the company promote it?

Chevy's OHV, the first introduced in the light-truck market, allowed its trucks to carry or pull heavier loads. They promoted with the slogan, A Six for the Price of Four.


When was the "glamour era" for Chevy pickup trucks?

The "glamour era" of pickup design for Chevy lasted between 1967 and 1972 and was the first time the style of the pickup was considered in addition to its utilitarian function.


What feature, first introduced in Studebaker sedans in 1936 before becoming available in their trucks, helped the driver eliminate roll-back when starting on hills?

The "hill-holder" helped drivers keep from rolling back when starting from a full-stop on a hill while driving a manual transmission vehicle. It was first introduced as an option for the sedan, the Studebaker President, in 1936. After that, it was available, along with wing windows and a transmission with overdrive, on Studebaker trucks, as well.


The compact Toyota Tacoma pickup is derived from what earlier Toyota truck?

The modern-day Tacoma comes from the first successful Toyota truck in the U.S. market: the Hilux. Also known as the Pickup, it was introduced to American drivers in the late 1970s.


The first trucks were made as early as 1913 in Japan. When was the first Japanese-made Toyota truck introduced in the U.S.?

The Toyota Stout, a light truck produced from 1954 through 1989, was introduced to the American car buyer in 1964.


Who coined the word, "pickup"?

That word comes to us courtesy of Henry Ford, who called the first Ford truck the Model T Roadster with Pickup Body.


How many Toyota Stout pickup trucks were sold during its first year on the U.S. market?

Just four Toyota Stout pickup trucks were sold the year it was introduced to the American market.


Which Ford truck is nicknamed the "Highboy"?

Between 1967 and early 1977, Ford made a truck, the F-250, that was nicknamed the "Highboy" because it sat a few inches higher than other models of Ford and other types of pickups on the road. When it was redesigned in 1977, the new F-250 sat a full four inches lower than the previous model, giving it the nickname, "Lowboy."


Chevy's Model 490 Light Delivery truck, introduced in 1918, came with a chassis, engine and transmission, and all the basics you'd think would come with a car except for what?

The Model 490 Light Delivery truck sold by Chevy in 1918 came with the truck's chassis, engine and transmission, plus fenders, foot pedals, a grill, headlights, shift level and a steering wheel. But it didn't come with a body.


Ford introduced a new V8 engine in its trucks one year before Chevy did. Whose was considered more powerful?

When the Chevy small block 265 cubic-inch OHV V8 debuted, it was easily more powerful than Ford's Y-block V8.


When Toyota introduced its first compact pickup truck with four-wheel drive, what was the truck model?

When it was first introduced in 1968, the Toyota Hilux was rear-wheel drive. When it was redesigned for 1979, the Hilux was offered with a four-wheel drive option.


In 1939, Dodge debuted which tagline for its trucks?

Of these Dodge truck marketing slogans and taglines used over the years, it was "Job Rated" that was used in 1939 to convince the consumer that Dodge trucks could get the job done.


The GMC Syclone pickup went from 0 to 60 mph in how many seconds?

The 1991 GMC Syclone pickup, which had the same 700R4 4-speed automatic transmission used in the C-4 Corvette, could go from 0-60 mph in an amazing 4.3 seconds.


The DeLorean isn't the only standout vehicle in "Back to the Future." Which truck is Marty McFly's dream truck?

The Toyota SR5 pickup truck, an early model of the Tacoma, is Marty McFly's dream truck in 1985's "Back to the Future."


Before 1960, pickup trucks were built with a solid axle at both ends of the vehicle's chassis. Who was the first to use an independent front suspension?

In 1960 it was Chevy which re-engineered its pickup trucks with an independent front suspension, which means each wheel on the same axle can move vertically (up and down), independently of the others.


In 1918, the U.S. military contracted with what auto manufacturer to build its military vehicles, setting the scene for the very first truck?

The U.S. government worked with Dodge Brothers when making their military vehicles during World War I.


After Jeep debuted its first Jeep to the American public, it offered awards to consumers who could think of new ways to use a Jeep. Which was one of those applications?

The CJ-2A, introduced in 1945 to American drivers as farm equipment, also became the very first Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine.


What did the 490 stand for in Chevy's Model 490?

The Chevy Model 490 had a 21.7-horsepower, four-cylinder engine and sold for $490. Owners of the Model 490 had to build their own cab, a truck bed and body onto the chassis (or buy an aftermarket cab).


There were only two automakers making diesel engines for their diesel trucks before World War II. Mack started its production in 1938. Who was the other?

Dodge was the second of the two automakers who built and used their own diesel engines for their diesel trucks.


What's the most popular type of truck body size today?

The basic compact pickup truck is the most popular type of truck among American car buyers.


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