From School Library Journal
YA-This well-written and easy-to-read title traces the history of America's most popular vehicle. Lukach also provides interesting accounts of pickups on the silver screen and people who have performed restorations on vintage models. But best of all, the oversized, glossy pages are filled with beautiful, full-color and vintage black-and-white photographs of antique and newer trucks. Young adults will love to just sit and leaf through this book. The generation that cut its teeth on monster-truck rallies is ready to buy its first wheels. And guess what these young people are looking to purchase? They are searching for older, affordable pickups and restoring them. This is a fun book that offers lots of readable information.John Kiefman, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Inside Flap
The pickup truck is a fundamental part of our lives. It's a reliable friend, a hard worker that never complains, a representation of the tried-and-true American work ethic. It's the modern workhorse and pride of our country that has captured the hearts of Americans since its introduction by Henry Ford in the early part of the twentieth century. The development of the pickup truck is a fascinating story inextricably linked to our country's history like baseball, Levi's, Coca-Cola, and apple pie.
Packed with pictures of almost every pickup ever made, this colossal book tracks the development of the pickup from the frame up. It covers each evolutionary step from the classic trucks of the 1920s to the run-away success of today's go-everywhere, do everything truck. In-depth technical analysis describes the engineering feats achieved under the hood, on the chasis, in the dash board and in the overall functionality of the design. Every detail from original sticker prices to the shape of the fenders is included.
This book traces the family tree of the modern-day pickup, and you learn how these vehicles have become the splendid work of function and grace that they are today. The influences of the three biggest manufacturers are explained through entertaining industry stories and profiles of the legendary business leaders like the Dodge brothers and Ransom Elias Olds. Plus tales of rare trucks like the Hudson Terraplane will delight and inspire the auto buff in all of us.
For the collector and restorer, the nostalgic and modern day driver. It's for anyone who's had the American dream. It captures the romance of the machine that helped build this country into the industrial giant it is today. The pickup is more than America's favorite vehicle; it's a companion to be cherished through history.