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WWII-vintage Ford pickup


Ford resumed civilian production of its half-ton pickup trucks for the 1945 model year, though it made fewer than 20,000 of them. One of those trucks, a 1945 Ford pickup presented with blacked out chrome trim as was done for World War II, is Pick of the Day.

Advertised by a private seller on ClassicCars.com, the truck was “meticulously restored starting in 2013 and finished in 2016 by order of the Ford dealership,” presumably Fremont Motors of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The seller reports the truck was displayed at the dealership.

“This truck could only be obtained by a special letter to the war department for civilian use,” the seller says. 

The restoration reportedly cost more than $60,000 and resulted in “a great running and driving truck that is perfectly rust free and straight in every way.”

“Inspection shows flawless paint, fit finish and gaps, with an absolute rust-free body with no visible signs of rust repair,” the seller says. “The brakes have just been freshened up with all brand-new wheel cylinders, master cylinder, and shoes. 

“All fluids have also been changed (and) new tires have also been installed.”

The truck is beige with green interior, a Ford flathead V8 and manual transmission.

The truck is located in North Scottsdale, Arizona, and is advertised for $59,000.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. Is that an 8BA engine? I thought that engines of that time would have water exiting the heads at the top front corner. And hard to tell where the distributor is. Pre-’49s had the distributor driven directly off the camshaft end. Just asking . . .

    • Eugenio Daniel: Algunas camionetas ya fueron construidas en 1945 (Dodge, Ford, GMC, Studebaker), y también 1944 (Chevy). Los camiones más grandes reanudaron la producción en 1944, y algunos de ellos nunca cesaron de producir durante la guerra. International construyó algunas camionetas durante la guerra también. Los carros de pasajeros cesaron su producción en febrero de 1942 y se reanudaron para el año modelo 1946. Pero a algunos autos de 1942 no se les permitió venderlos de inmediato y se almacenaron para su venta más adelante. Esto dio lugar a que algunos automóviles llevaran los documentos de registro de 1943, 1944 y 1945. Actualmente estoy escribiendo un libro sobre este tema.


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