SHOWSTOPPER OR SHOWDOWN: This Gallery of No Reserve Pickups Highlights All That Is Possible When Modifying A Workhorse

Credit: Original article published by Barrett-Jackson.

Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens

 

This custom 1950 Ford F-1 pickup known as “Friction” (Lot #1420) is among the diverse pickup truck offering you’ll see at the 2021 Scottsdale Auction.

 

Lot #1427 – 1967 Dodge D-200 Custom Pickup

Without a doubt, pickup trucks represent one of the fastest-growing and most popular segments of today’s collector-vehicle marketplace. And why not? Designed and built for hard duty in some of the most forbidding conditions Mother Nature can dish out, pickups are incredibly adaptable to any purpose, thanks to their rugged construction and huge array of factory-available drivetrains, engines, and transmissions. In addition to built-in versatility allowing them to haul heavy loads and cabs spacious and often luxurious enough for daily use and enjoyment, pickup trucks are often quite usable, whether for the daily commute or a quick grocery run. Pickups are also exceptionally easy to maintain to boot, often sharing powertrain components and suspension layouts with their passenger-car siblings. Best of all, pickup trucks respond extremely well to modifications and upgrades, with a huge restoration and aftermarket parts industry serving pickup-truck owners, matching the wide array of suppliers catering to the passenger-car market and plenty of crossover blurring distinctions between both vehicle types.

Lot #1081 – 1951 Chevrolet 3100 Custom Pickup

A large part of the enduring and growing popularity of pickups is also due to the various manufacturers themselves, especially following the close of WWII. Attractive styling and closer attention to passenger comfort were key drivers of sales growth after pent-up demand was absorbed in the postwar seller’s market. With rising affluence during the 1950s, buyers demanded more of everything in a pickup truck, including greater power, comfort and style than ever before. This trend continued through the 1960s to the present, yielding pickups that were fit for work, yet not at all out of place at church or the country club. In short, pickup trucks provide an ideal entry point for enjoyment of the collector-car lifestyle and come in a multitude of styles, ranging from stock and mild, to inventive and wildly modified forms, very well-represented by the diverse grouping of custom pickups assembled for the upcoming Scottsdale Auction (all offered with No Reserve), as the gallery below illustrates.

 

Lot #1442 – 1952 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1427 – 1967 DODGE D-200 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1420 – 1950 FORD F-1 CUSTOM PICKUP FRICTION

Lot #1329 – 1949 DODGE POWER WAGON CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1307 – 1967 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1321.1 – 1952 DODGE POWER WAGON CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1314.1 – 1956 FORD F-100 CUSTOM BIG-WINDOW PICKUP

Lot #1279 – 1950 FORD F-1 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1269.1 – 1969 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1268 – 1959 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1081 – 1951 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1248 – 1958 CHEVROLET APACHE CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1097 – 1957 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1050 – 1950 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM 5-WINDOW PICKUP

Lot #1023 – 1953 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1022.1 – 1952 DODGE POWER WAGON PICKUP

Lot #1021 – 1971 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM ELECTRIC PICKUP

Lot #1021.1 – 1951 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #1004 – 1964 FORD F-100 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #987.1 – 1957 CHEVROLET 3100 CUSTOM PICKUP

Lot #987 – 1969 CHEVROLET K10 CUSTOM PICKUP