5 unexpected classic pickups you can buy right now
Classic Ford and Chevy trucks are everywhere on the Internet, no? You can buy one, scour a parts catalog, and easily restore/customize that mainstream classic into the truck of your dreams. Why, I bet you can fix one up, post it on YouTube, and make all your money back in ad revenue! (If only we could all be so lucky.) Dodge trucks are reasonably rare in comparison to the other domestic juggernauts, but some insist on owning something truly unique. The usual suspects pale in comparison to these five unexpected classic pickups, all for sale on our new classifieds site, Hagerty Marketplace, right now. Classic trucks are seemingly everywhere, but these five are hard to come by anywhere.
1938 Willys Overland
While the Willys brand is better known for military vehicles and its civilian Jeep offshoots, this 1938 Willys Overland shows the orphaned automaker also made trucks worthy of its Ford and Chevrolet counterparts. This proclaimed rust-free example sports fresh paint and snazzy button-tufted interior trimmings. The seller says it drives well and even has a new head gasket, so it’s gonna both impress and baffle everyone at Home Depot.
1941 Plymouth PT125
Plymouth vehicles not of the usual sedan, coupe, or station wagon variety aren’t terribly rare, and a fair number of full-sized and a ton of mini-sized vans were produced in recent memory. (Think Voyager.) “Rare” is, however, a good word for Plymouth trucks. The PT125 was only made in 1941 and was heavily reliant on the engineering provided by the Dodge WC-series. This modified 1941 Plymouth PT125 is sports a small-block Mopar V-8, Torqueflite automatic gearbox, and a 741 rear differential. The front suspension is from a Mustang II, with newer steel wheels and a host of interior upgrades providing a more modern driving experience that will be greatly appreciated on today’s roads.
1946 International K-series
While International is getting a bit more attention these days thanks, to VW’s planned reintroduction of the Scout, this 1946 International K-2 never gained the popularity earned by similar trucks from Ford and Chevy. This example was reportedly used as a fire truck at Washington’s Pasco Airport in 1946, but it isn’t the heavier duty International truck you’d expect for this job. The International K series came in beefier specifications (K6–K14, for starters), but this K2 has all the requisite fire equipment in a size that’s far more manageable for parking at a Cars and Coffee event, with a period correct presentation that will surely attract eyeballs everywhere it goes.
1969 Toyota Hilux
Sure, adding a classic Toyota truck to the list is a bit disingenuous, but this isn’t some SR5-spec compact truck with international fame thanks to the Back to The Future movie. Instead we have a legit Hilux truck from the days when Toyota’s footprint in America wasn’t a credible threat to the Detroit automakers. Just to prove that point, this Hilux lives in rust-free California, and appears to be mostly original (stereo and interior fabrics aside). The seller states it is in driver-quality condition, but the speedometer quit working many years ago, so its low mileage is unverifiable.
1964 Land Rover Pickup
What applied to the Hilux also applies here: while famous for providing luxurious trucking for well-heeled buyers, this 1964 Land Rover Series IIA is another California resident with a rebuilt engine. It presents well from every angle, but unlike most (every?) other Series II Land Rovers on the market, this example sports an enclosed single cab, with the rest of the body open to the elements like a proper pickup. It comes from a Land Rover collector, and perhaps the listing says it best: “If you’re in the market for a Series 2A and you need a vintage pickup, then you know what you’re looking for.”