A History of Trucks:
First semi-truck built by Alexander Wasson
Sold his first manufactured vehicle
Winton Motor Carriage started production
Incorporated the Fruehauf Trailer Company
Designed so that it would be easy for a single operator to hook the trailer to the car
A car salesman required to deliver the cars that he sold, he was reliant on car haulers
1929 – 1944
Mack produced 2,601 semi or full trailers
In 1930, attempted to ship the new cars directly to the buyers and realized that the shipment costs were prohibitive for the car manufacturers
In 1939, Peterbilt trucks were used extensively to haul logs from the forests to the lumber mills
The first cab-over was introduced and the trucking industry really began to take off
Freightliner imported the Powerline model
The typical long nose trucks are back in style
Freightliner introduces sleeper in the cab
Cab-over returns to meet length restrictions
Peterbilt Model 385 is introduced
History of trailers:
Utility distinguished itself as one of America’s
two original manufacturers of truck trailers.
The roaring ’20’s are ushered in while a Federal Highway Act
coordinates state highways and standardizes U.S. road-building
practices for the trucking industry.
America’s highway system continues to expand
dramatically with the opening of Route 66.
A new Federal Highway Act establishes an arterial road network of 40,000 miles to reach 42 state capitols and serve 182 cities
Saw the rise of the automobile in conjunction with one of America’s major population shifts from the city to the suburb
The influx of smaller, more efficient vehicles and large passenger vehicles and trucks may see a resurgence only with development of new technology to more efficiently power them
Created uniformity among state laws that opened up the country to double-trailers and coast-to-coast carriers
Mike Mueller described an upsurge of personal truck sales that had occurred over the previous several years
The deep cuts at GM seem to be closing a chapter in the domestic auto industry.
GM has recently announced it will discontinue the popular Hummer model and will discontinue all production at four North American truck and SUV assembly plants